Best Guitar Pickups


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Seymour Duncan
You want pro sound? HiFi in a pick up? That's Seymour Duncan for you. I have the Blackout AHB-3 and its natural accurate pick up is what I wanted for death metal
I have Seymour Duncan JB, EMG KFK Kerry King Set, Dimarzio Evolution and X2N. Seymour Duncan has more clarity and you will hear the good treble attack in passive, Active Blackout has more mis. EMG handles high tones in crisp sound, heavy bass if active, used by Kirk Hammett, Zakk Wylde, Kerry King Etc. Dimarzio will make your guitar sound just like Satriani, Vai, Petrucci, Malmsteen Etc. In Medium and Vintage output specs. -Michael John S. Manahan - mjsmanahan30@gmail. Com
From That 50s Vintage sound to that Modern Day Sharp Metal Buzz, Seymour W. Duncan can doo them all...
Antiquity To Hot Stack...
From Old Too New...
Seymour Duncan pickups are No. 1
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brutal, yet gentle. They are quiet and smooth,, everything you need for your own tone,, the name says it all, EMG
I love this pickup..
kirk hammett's use this brands..
aind I like to modify my pickup with this brand pickup...
the sound so good and clean...
There's a reason the emg pickups are the most popular brand out there, they're awesome! You'll get as much distortion as you'll ever want!
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Best pickup ever - a bit pricey but worth every penny. Puts every other previously named brands to shame aside from EMG who, as everybody knows, is mostly an active-pickup maker. My Les Pauls and my 73 SG sound as they should with these - with unrivaled note definition and harmonics.
Come on people...! Do you have any idea about pickups? BKPs rule! Passives rock and the output these pups have you are gonna tear the stage apart! Go djent!
These are supposed to be the BEST!
I don't get it, there's even companies on here that don't even specialize in pickups and they're higher up on the list!
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I been using manny pickups, like: Seymoour, Fender, Gibson, Lacer, Emg and Di marzio, this ones, never lay me down, from jazz to rock, they have taste, color and tone, for anything, I uses the Breed set, paf pro and and one of the firts super distorsion pick, the I find in a Les Paul standart, in the 80ths, and boys, sound great yet.
The best... not handmade, but the best so far, sometimes we look for the best pickup, there is not best, just what we like, and dimarzio I think give better quality, despite the fact every one of this brands are really comercial.
Always had great luck with these
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5Lindy Fralin
I just discovered these pickups in as another guy was playing his strat thru my old Fender amp. He has the 43 steele pole pickups that are really hot. We ended up doing switches of my strat and his. Mine has Dimarzio 409/404/403 single coil humbuckers. I ordered a set of the fralin pickups the next day. This guy also says the capacitor on the tone circuit of the guitar can be switched to an old style rolled copper I think-but that it makes significant difference and takes out harshness. FYI
I love Lindy Fralin pickups they are some of the best out there in my humble opinion

6Gibson P90
P-90 have always been the best Blues Pick-up.

They don't add or subtract anything from what your guitar normally sounds like. Best example: put your ear up to the body of your guitar and play, that's what they're gonna sound like. Personally though, I think they're a brilliant product!
Q-tuners are the world's first guitar and bass pickups being powered by neodymium magnets. The ultimate Hi-Fi sound.
Q-tuners produce hands down the brightest sound on the planet. Neodymium rules.
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The Charlie Christian pickup is highly warm and dynamic. It's not too high or too low in frequency, and gives off a horn like resonance. These are the pickups of the future.
Best all-around no-nonsense originals and replicas.

10Ron Ellis

The Contenders

11Bill Lawrence
L500 humbuckers rock. The ones from late seventies and early eighties...

12Gibson T500

These get a very meaty sound and seem to be well constructed with even a bit of felt dampening on the rear of them.

What?! Fender pickups are the real deal pickup shop, and nobody has voted for them... This is insanity!



17Golden Age

18Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson all the way. Have them in my Strat and they sound the best out of the 10 or so electrics I own.
To KNOW them is to love them...


The Gold range are on the money if you want Hank marvin / Shadows tones. Highly recommended, and a bit of a steal at the price.
Just got silver range strat pickups for my MIM strat. Must say they sounds excellent. A way better than originals. Don't know why if you just looking the price
A smaller brand based in Rutland in England, supplying a range of Alnico based Strat, Tele and Humbucker pickups, as well as custom scratchplate assemblies etc. Great tone as testified by their customers on the website (w. Ironstone-pickups. Co. Uk), at really competitive prices.
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22Arcane Pickups

2357 Classic
Awesome humbuking pickup. the closest to the PAF this pickup gives you warm clean tones in neck position and bright presise sounds in bridge position. Excellent crunchy hard rock tones on the treble and deep roar tones on the neck. this pickup is mainly used on Gibson sg standards.

Re No1. Seymour Duncan pickups are available in various configurations as are Jaydee... !

25Burstbucker Pros
The fact that they are on Gibson les Paul standards just says it all.

26Kent Armstrong

27Charles Prescott
Based in West Texas, Charles has made pickups for local bands in the area and has numerous requests for custom construction for varying applications.

These are just awesome

29Wolftone Pickups

30Harmonic Design


Lace Sensors in particular are very close to the original original geaybottom Stratocaster pickup sounds only enhanced.

33Rockstar Pickups
I have ordered a set Vintage Deluxe pickups, they sound solid and were imprinted with my personal custom design.

This pick-up is great compared with it's cost.

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