Big Rob wrote:
...even Jason Lollar pu's (the ones they put in Suhr strats i think)...lots to choose from.
Suhr makes his own pickups and puts them in his guitars, I have a set of V60LP in my '65 Relic Stratocaster that are phenominal. Great bell and chime, and he has a machine that scatterwinds the pickups exactly the same way each time so you can expect the same pickups each time.
what you guys thought of the Fender Texas Specials
I don't like the Texas Specials, they are very midrange honky and aren't really characteristic of a traditional Strat sound. I'd have to say if I could tell the guitar resonated well and it had Texas Specials in it, I'd rip those pickups out as fast as possible and throw in Shur or Kinman pickups. There are a bunch of other companies making great pickups like the ones Joe mentioned, I just have no experience with them in my guitars. There are a ton of great companies and all it really is a matter of is finding the right pickups for the guitar. Different guitars are going to react somewhat differently to pickups (or pickups to guitars). Also not a fan of Fender's older Noiseless pickups, they were noiseless but also gutless. I haven't played the newer ones since they were "redesigned".
I have had great experience with the Fender CS 50s (I think "Fat 50s") style pickups that I have in my Cunetto Relic, also the pickups in the Eric Johnson Stratocasters are nice (very nice bell and chimey and with some bite when you want it, really useful bridge pickup (tone pot is wired to it)). Try out the Suhr pickups and also Kinman makes some great pickups as well. I'll even go to say that I dig the older Gold Lace Sensor, not really a natural Strat sound but they still sound good.
Anyway here's some other names to check out...
· Bill Lawrence
· Buck Cannon/Don Mare
· Haeussel Pickups
· Joe Barden
· Lollar Guitars
· Manlius Guitar
· O.C. Duff Pickups
· Peter Florance/VooDoo Pickups
· Rio Grande Pickups
· Stephen Designs Pickups
· WCR Pickups