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Post by kulhom on Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:20 pm

hey guys, everything ok?

someone has info about the most similar pickup to the original pickup of a tunder IIa?

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Post by Westbone on Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:33 pm

Which model Thunder IIA?

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Post by kulhom on Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:45 am

82´s model. 2nd generation i think.

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Post by Westbone on Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:02 pm

Ola, Is it for a replacement in a Thunder IIA or another guitar?
Might have  spare somewhere.

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Post by kulhom on Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:11 pm

It's for another guitar, no need for an original spare (but keep it in a safe place, who knows Wink. just looking for something with similar sound to substitute two EMGHZ. (i dont like them too much No)

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Post by Barry on Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:02 pm

kulhom wrote:...just looking for something with similar sound to substitute two EMGHZ. (i dont like them too much No)
I don't blame you, I'm not a fan of EMG's either.

I have had good results with GFS (guitarfetish.com) Crunchy Pat's (ceramic) which make a nice replacement for MMK45's (high output with nice breakup).
 
The 53's are similar pickups but have a somewhat sweeter/clearer tone. They too are ceramics but the magnetic field is different. I don't know what to recommend in the GFS line, unless you look at the Dream 180 perhaps??? They are nice sounding Alnico's but they may not give you the "kick" you want.

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Post by kulhom on Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:33 pm

And we always think on duncans.... Very Happy

I whould never have thought of guitarfetish pickups.... they build quality stuff? Anyway, for 22$, it worths a try.

You recomend the crunchy pats then?

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Post by kulhom on Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:48 pm

wow shipping is more expensive than the pickup!!!!!

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Post by Barry on Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:27 pm

The Crunchy Pats have about the same specs as the MMK45's (earlier Thunders, Spectrums, etc) But if you have MMK53's, which you appear to, you may find the Crunchy's to be too much distortion. Depends on how close you want to match the Thunder IIA sound which should be a cleaner tone.

If you go to an Alnico magnet pickup the sound should be sweeter but you may not get the loudness. What guitar are you putting this in?

Any of the membership have a good replacement for the '53?

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Post by kulhom on Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:46 pm

I exchanged some stuff i've got at home for a Cort Randy rhoads style guitar, Crunchy's "sounds" to be good enought for that guitar Smile But the shipping fare is too high. i must look for a shared invoice.

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Post by Westbone on Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:22 pm

Barry wrote:
Any of the membership have a good replacement for the '53?
http://www.tonerider.com/rocksong



Bit more bite try this set.
http://www.tonerider.com/generator

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Post by Barry on Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:12 am

Nice sounding pups, but maybe on the pricey side for a casual replacement methinks.

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Post by Westbone on Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:35 am

Not quite a casual replacement but a bloody good upgrade at half the price of a Duncan and just as good, seriously!

The Generator set is more akin to the Duncan JB/Jazz combo. A Generator set costs £63 over this side.

MMK 45/53's are going for more and are not as good  as these.


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Post by Adey on Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:59 am

I like the idea of the Kwikplug on the Guitar Fetish pickups.

Why doesn't that become an ISO standard and then we can all swap pups willy nilly!

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Post by Barry on Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:46 am

Adey wrote:I like the idea of the Kwikplug on the Guitar Fetish pickups.

Why doesn't that become an ISO standard and then we can all swap pups willy nilly!

cheers
Yeah, good idea, even if it's late to the party.

IIRC Mats/Aria tried something like this using what appeared to be computer type connectors. Looked very clean and neat, and of course you could swap out the pups provided the other set had a corresponding connector. Therein lay the problem of course, there were none off the shelf. You had to rig your own.

Maybe it was more of an attempt to lessen manufacturing costs than offer variety? Great idea for tinkerers and repair techs though.

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Post by Westbone on Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:00 pm

Prefare a good solid solder job...Smile

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Post by corsair on Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:19 pm

That Tonerider gear looks pretty good, and very reasonably priced to boot! At least here in 'Straya!

I think I shall invest in a set of strat pickups... just for sh1ts and giggles...

Note, too, that I've found the Kent Armstrong pickups good value and great sounding...

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Post by Westbone on Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:06 am

Can't go wrong with 'em.
Which set you thinking of?

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Post by corsair on Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:47 am

I like the look/sound of the Pure Vintage set, and at A$129... why would you not?!

The specs for that Rocksong h/b set look pretty impressive for the price, too....

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