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
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.

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!

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.


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...

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.
The best pickup company I have ever heard pickups from

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

6Gibson 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.

Sound Very Clearly... Awesome for FingreStyle

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.

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.

10Ron Ellis

The Contenders

11Bill 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

12Gibson 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.

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!
All Fender pickups sound great. Outstanding sustain, clarity, and tone. They're also very versatile.


Kinman's P-90 Hx is a marvel, has 201 parts, took 9 years to develop and no other pickup sounds even close. Has totally amazing sound, dynamic response and touch and as if that's not enough it has absolutely no hum. This pickup gets my vote as the most unbelievably great pickup and considering it's advanced technology and sheer number of parts it's a bargain. It's a must have!

Great crisp to high gain crunch love these pickups one of my best choices ever made and a steal for the price I got them for.

18Golden Age

19Tom 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...

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

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.


23Kent Armstrong


25Epiphone Alnico Humbucker
Best humbuckers around. Would recommend to anyone

26Arcane Pickups

2757 Classic
These pickups do everything in the middle with authenticity and authority. They don't do strat or super gain but they do a beautiful warm clean sound to a thick mesmerizing grind... There is just some magic in them.
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.

28Wolftone Pickups


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

31Burstbucker Pros
The fact that they are on Gibson les Paul standards just says it all.

32Charles 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


35GFS Lipstick Tube
These pickups let you get that perfect surf tone in any guitar.. GFS has all sorts of sizes. I have a gold GFS 6k RW/RP Strat sized Lipstick Pro-Tube as a mid pickup in my black Squire Affinity Strat, and totally love it. I'm saving up for the 12k GFS Lipstick Humbucker for my bridge, and the vintage 4.9k for the neck.


37Harmonic Design

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.


40Rockstar Pickups
I have ordered a set Vintage Deluxe pickups, they sound solid and were imprinted with my personal custom design.

I have active Bartolini's in my Novax Expression- with a coil tap- and they are wild broncos with immense sonic potential in this guitar- which of course is a fanned fret- with compensated nut and saddle- They excel with a ultra modern and clear tonal palette- very accurate tight bass spectrum- well rounded Mids- and Shimmering Trebles- (of course sound is always subjective~! )

... I only wish they could dial in the classic PAF tone as well and capture some of the guitar's un-plugged acoustic tones- but no go so far on my amps- I may end up taking them out of this particular guitar and drop in a pair of vintage Gibson PU's - It's a real hard call- Hate to change the original specs- since it's a rare high end instrument- but I know I'd appreciate it more
This pick-up is great compared with it's cost.

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