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I had two seymour duncan JB's in my Player series strats, and while I was happy with my clean tone the 2203 just didn't seem to love them. Since my experience ordering my telecaster pickups went well and I really love the tone of that guitar, I reached out to Craig at Vineham pickups (www.vineham.com) to bounce come ideas. Ultimately I decided to go for the Brown Noser, since I still wanted PAF-esque but was hoping to nudge my tone closer to a les paul. "But why not just get the sweet 59's" you say? Experimentation.

I don't know that I got any closer to sounding like my singlecuts, but I most definitely notice a tonal improvement. Once my friend and I were done and I fired up the Mustang I overdrive, our best description was "it's like someone took a blanket off". We didn't want to use that descriptor, but it's very accurate. Hopefully these clips demonstrate what I heard in the room.

I'm very excited to try this out with the rig next week!

Clips were done using Player series HSS strats, Fractal FX8 into Scarlett 2i4, amps are GarageBand models. Faux Bass is a pitch block into an Ampeg sim.

https://soundcloud.com/https%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fsears-was-here%2Fsd-strat-clean-demo
https://soundcloud.com/https%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fsears-was-here%2Fsd-strat-high-gain-demo
https://soundcloud.com/https%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fsears-was-here%2Fsd-strat-lead-demo-2019-04-27-1043-am
https://soundcloud.com/https%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fsears-was-here%2Fbrown-noser-strat-clean-demo
https://soundcloud.com/https%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fsears-was-here%2Fvineham-brown-noser-strat-high-gain-demo
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I prefer the lead tone, in the Brown Noser for sure. Seems like more of everything.

I think I like the clean tone of the SD Duncan more. In the sample of the clean tone on the Brown Noser I could hear the click and it was a bit distracting, so maybe that had something to do with it.

Nice heavy progression.
 
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I prefer the lead tone, in the Brown Noser for sure. Seems like more of everything.

I think I like the clean tone of the SD Duncan more. In the sample of the clean tone on the Brown Noser I could hear the click and it was a bit distracting, so maybe that had something to do with it.

Nice heavy progression.
I just caught the click thing and uploaded the proper version :)
 
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I just caught the click thing and uploaded the proper version :)
I listened again and I think I may have flipped. lol

The clean sound in the SD is brighter and a bit chimey which I like, but the Brown Noser is much more even which I like.

All-and-all my vote is for the Brown Noser. ;-)
 
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I've never heard any of his humbuckers, but the Tele pickups I got from him are simply outstanding.
He sent me a clip of th 6070 in his SG and I based my choice around that and the descriptions.

Pretty happy with my decision!
 
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I have a set of whiskey burners in an lp studio and end up playing that one a lot.
They were a consideration.

I am debating the PAF set for my S2 despite the fact that my S2 doesn't need a pickup swap. Post gig musings. Mostly "it sounds great, but what if it sounded unreal?"
 

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They were a consideration.

I am debating the PAF set for my S2 despite the fact that my S2 doesn't need a pickup swap. Post gig musings. Mostly "it sounds great, but what if it sounded unreal?"
I have moved the same set from a few different guitars, sold the guitars but kept the pickups.
 

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I have moved the same set from a few different guitars, sold the guitars but kept the pickups.
If I put vineham's in the S2, that will be 4 guitars with his pickups, and everything save my affinity strat will be Canadian hand wound. I do still love the JS Moore V-59's (IIRC) in my AJC. Part of it is that I'm not chasing iconic guitar tones, I just want my guitars to sound great with my amps. Vintage(ish) inspired things seem to do that.

As I said in my OP, I'm very curious to hear these with the twin and 2203 next week. I suspect I may even have to re-EQ the highs and lows on my effects.
 
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