Best Guitar Pickups

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The Top Ten

1
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
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
They look swish have a great sound producing a good clean tone and harmonic. Produces a range of styles from the Vintage fifties gig to a thrashing metal sound. This pick up is great for all styles. I definitely wouldn't trade this for anything else. It works well with all guitar types. It may be fairly expensive but it is worth every penny.
Great great great pickup!
[Newest]This? Its unquestionable. No questions asked.

2EMG
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!
[Newest]I use EMG IN 2 OF MY MAIN GUITARS, I have used them for years and I'm working on putting the am in all my axes. love them!

3DiMarzio
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.
I put a set of these on my '69 LP Custom fret-less wonder back in the 80's. I don't remember the model names. One is the hot wired model, the other is a split coil. I had them wired to run out of phase and split the coil, making for amazing tonal combination and quality. I don't play that guitar much anymore but when I do they are still hot and defined in tone.
[Newest]The best pickup company I have ever heard pickups from

4Bareknuckle
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.
Bareknuckle is the best pickup brand ever made. Try one. They're worth the price. 10 billion times better than SD in my opinion.

ananikangel

There's a reason they're hard to find. They don't release them until they're perfect. Great pickup company, never heard a poor one. Also, another reason they don't come stock in many guitars. Gotta pay for the top boutique quality, but that's what you get out of BareKnuckles.
[Newest]Very very pricey but the best there is...

5Gibson P90
My Les Paul special has these and they are amazing. The beautiful thing about these is when I'm playing through my les Paul I can still get some similar tones to my Strat too. You can really play any song with p90s and have it sound amazing.
P-90 have always been the best Blues Pick-up.

6Ibanez
Sound Very Clearly... Awesome for FingreStyle

7Lindy 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
Use Fralin pickups on my custom Epiphone Wildkat and it sound fantastic!

8Fender
All Fender pickups sound great. Outstanding sustain, clarity, and tone. They're also very versatile.
What?! Fender pickups are the real deal pickup shop, and nobody has voted for them... This is insanity!

9Q-tuner
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.

10Lollar
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.
The lollar vintage blonde is an amazing pickup for stratocasters.

The Contenders

11Gibson T500
Fantastic in my Les Paul junior and melody maker. Kicks butt. Have vintage Dimarzio suoer distortion from 1978 and the 500T smokes it. Great for melodic metal and classic rock. Great over tones. Ceramic are legends.

12Ron Ellis

13Bill Lawrence
Have a set of keystones in my tele and my friend is always impressed when I put the switch to out of phaze and play Metal rhythms. Versatile would be an understatement.
I mean bill lawrence humbucker Dime used its in both my king v and my other schecter

14Golden Age

15Rockfield
These get a very meaty sound and seem to be well constructed with even a bit of felt dampening on the rear of them.

16Harmonic Design

17Tom 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...

18Lace
Lace should be way higher on this list! Their pickups sound fantastic, come in a variety of styles, and are affordable. Guitarists who use these awesome pickups include guys from Mastodon, High on Fire, Red Fang, King Crimson, Dimmu Borgir, EYEHATEGOD, Neurosis, and many more... enough said.
Red, Silver, Blue set in my strat. Compare the clarity and tone head to head with any pickups. And for a good price too. Boom.
Lace Sensors in particular are very close to the original original geaybottom Stratocaster pickup sounds only enhanced.

19Häussel

20Tesla
Best balance. Very we'll priced!
The best ever I know for the powerful combinaion between dynamic actions.

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