Submitted August 29, 2020 by Mark R. Garner in Covington, LA
"For More Than Just Metal!"
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Summary: This is an incredibly versatile set of pickups. They're capable of more than just metal
I put this set into a Squier Contemporary HH Strat and after some trial and error experiments with pickup height, I am blown away by the versatility of this set.You want METAL, you got it.You want funk ala 'Love Rollercoaster' by the Ohio Players, you got it.Blues, psychedelia, pop, Skynyrd... It's all here if you know to EQ your gear.I've used this guitar through three Marshalls; a DSL1CR, an Origin 20 head through an MG412, and a Valvestate VS15R.Through the clean channel on the DSL I found it really easy to drive the tubes for a nice dynamic sound that varies with the nature of your picking technique. Through the Ultra Gain channel... Pure Mayhem - roll back the treble.With the Origin 20 I found a similar response as on the clean DSL, just louder.The VS15R is solid state and the variety of sounds was totally dependant on the EQ settings. The VS15R has dual pre-gains and with both of them dimed... ULTRA MAYHEM.I've also run this set through a Vox VT40X using the 'Fender Deluxe Reverb' model. With some light compression and a splash of reverb you can achieve a funk sound that is suitable for everything from RHCP to the Ohio Players.I had no idea... This is one incredible set of pickups!
When I modded the guitar I replaced the stock 'master volume/master tone' pickguard with a standard Strat model except that I configured it for dual volumes and master tone.If you, the reader, intend to put these pickups in a Strat style guitar, I IMPLORE you to not go the 'master volume' route. By tweaking the individual volume levels you can get an endless variety of sounds. With a master volume you are cheating yourself out of so much... It's almost an insult to these pickups to use a single volume to control them.
Ease of Use
It's incredibly easy to get a great sound from these pickups. It's all in the amp's EQ and the height of the pickups. I found the "sweet spot" to be half way between the strings and pickguard.
This is a US made Seymour Duncan pickup. Their quality... Dumb question. Next!
For the price this set is an incredible value.
I've never had a problem with SD pickups, but I've only been using them since 1986 so...
The Wow Factor
"Wow Factor"... In summary I would say this set is like a slight brighter and more modern version of the DP100 Super Distortion. Yeah, they're THAT GOOD.Wow, huh?
Former semi-pro now a stay-at-home jammer.
Rock, rock and rock.
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