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(Relatively) inexpensive pickup options?

 
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ccondon23



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:36 am    Post subject: (Relatively) inexpensive pickup options? Reply with quote

I've got a Les Paul kit guitar that I'm putting together; the body and neck were relatively cheap. I don't want to go out and spend $100+ a piece on pickups, since the guitar isn't really worth it, but I also don't want to get those $15 a pair pickups from Kmise that Amazon sells.

Any thoughts on who make a decent pickup for a lower price than your Duncans and DiMarzios?
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bildo



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Ralph here and the Tone Rider pickups. RJhalsey
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Blackstar1099



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a few guitars with Stewmac Goldenage and Gotoh Classic's in them and they sound great.
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jaybones



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 on Golden Age.

They also give you options for overwound, and cover options for nickel, gold, and aged.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bildo wrote:
Try Ralph here... RJhalsey


I can't speak to Ralph's humbuckers, but his p90s and vintage strat pickups are PHENOMENAL - and crazy cheap.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BluesmanDave wrote:
bildo wrote:
Try Ralph here... RJhalsey


I can't speak to Ralph's humbuckers, but his p90s and vintage strat pickups are PHENOMENAL - and crazy cheap.


^ this, and yes - the humbuckers are well worth it...
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kurt72



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't say enough great things about the REAL Bill Lawrence's (RIP) pickup company. You only get a choice of his famous blade HB's. I've never tried these, but I've used his other pu's for strats and teles. Great pu's, great price, and MADE IN THE USA!!!

http://www.wildepickups.com/Wilde_Bill_s_Twin_Blades.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are surprisingly good. There's a thread on a LP forum that compares them favorably to DiMarzio, Duncan, and Gibson pickups.
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Les



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another vote for Ralph.
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BeauZeau



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would it be too obvious to mention GFS? I've liked everything I've gotten from them. They overwind everything, so you have to figure that in, but the pickups are as good as anyone's.
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Gatorcountry



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One word, RALPH!
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RolandR



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stew Mac has their Golden Age pickups for sale Black Friday.
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