Antiquity Texas Hot Strat Set from Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan Antiquity Texas Hot Strat SetEach Seymour Duncan Antiquity Texas Hot Strat Set is aged magnetically and cosmetically to really drive in that vintage sound.

Seymour Duncan’s Antiquity Texas Hot Strat Set provides outstanding tone in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Hot, but not too aggressive, with plenty of chime and sparkle. Special degaussed Alnico 2 magnets soften the treble just a bit and keep the high notes under control. Continue reading “Antiquity Texas Hot Strat Set from Seymour Duncan”

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickups

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil PickupsThe Seymour Duncan SSL-5 sounds best with brighter-sounding guitars, and while it truly helps boost the bridge pickup, it can be used in any position.

The Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickup, as the name suggests, is a high output single coil pickup designed to be perfect for Texas Blues, Rock, and even some Heavy Rock. This single-coil, single-conductor pickup features staggered Alnico 5 magnets. Continue reading “Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickups”

Texas Special Strat Pickups by Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat PickupsTexas Special Strat pickups are constructed with an enamel-coated magnet wire, which is what's used in vintage equipment to help provide that warm, vintage tone.

As the name suggests, Fender Texas Special Strat pickups are designed to give you that Texas Blues sound. If you’re looking for replacement guitar pickups and you would like to get a sound similar to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, or Johnny Winter then these are recommended. Texas Special Strat pickups start with staggered Alnico 5 magnets for more focus and dynamics, and it’s this staggering that allows for a more even and balanced tone across all strings. Continue reading “Texas Special Strat Pickups by Fender Custom Shop”

What are the Best Blues Stratocaster Pickups?

blues stratocaster pickupsGreat Blues tone is just an upgrade away. If you are a Strat player looking for the best Blues pickups, this should point you in the right direction.

It is possible to upgrade your guitar at a reasonable price: change the pickups. Quite often, the results can be significant, especially with lower-priced guitars in which the quality of the pickups is questionable. It is possible to get the sound you are looking for simply by selecting the right pickups rather than buying a new guitar. Pickups are fairly easy to change yourself, as they require minimal knowledge and a few tools.

There are probably more brands of pickups than brands of guitars and amps combined. That said, it’s no surprise that there are pickups for virtually every style of music, type of player, and type of guitar. Naturally, it can be hard to know where to begin when faced with so many options.

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This post narrows it down to a Stratocaster body style, with three single-coil pickups, and a five-way switch configuration, but any of these should also be available as a single. From smooth David Gilmour to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas tone,” or from vintage to modern, this list covers most Blues players and includes some great Blues Stratocaster pickups. Continue reading “What are the Best Blues Stratocaster Pickups?”

Fender Texas Special Stratocasters

Fender Texas Special StratocastersIf you want a vintage Strat pickup that is extra hot, these are seriously worth considering.

It’s hard to believe that Fender Texas Specials just celebrated their 20th anniversary. They made their debut in January 1992 as the stock pickups in the Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster. Not too long after, Fender Texas Special Stratocasters became available as standalone products. Since then, they have become quite popular.
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