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    I Require Assistance in Choosing a Bridge Pickup

    This discussion came up in the chat earlier tonight, but I'm posting a thread for greater exposure. I'm having a tough time with choosing a pickup because I'm not entirely sure what I want... What I do know is this: my strat currently has a SD Pearly Gates in the bridge, and texas specials in the middle and neck positions. I'm not the biggest fan of the Pearly Gates at the moment so I think I'll be moving it into another guitar and put something a bit more suited to my playing in it's place.

    Useful info: It's an alder bodied strat and I play through a Carvin tone navigator. I play mostly country, blues, and blues rock. I typically play with just a minimal amount of gain. I'm looking for something that would be well-suited to my twangy side. I'm not necessarily looking to copy the tone of any artists as much as just finding something I'm satisfied with.

    The guys in the chat had suggested a Barden HB Two/Tone and P-Rails.

    I do kind of dig the sound of the Dimarzo PAF 36th Anniversary, but I'm not entirely sure about it.

    Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    it almost sounds like you would be better off with a single coil. i would suggest you trying a SD '59 or a Gibson '57 if you want a humbucker, based on your description.

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    The Pearly Gates is an awesome pickup, but only in Les Paul style guitars. It's no friend to Alder.

    I normally wouldn't recommend the Custom Custom to anybody I know, but you sound like the target market. It is lower output than most modern pickups (14.4K), has loads of mids and a nice bite, and is twang city when you tap it. I absolutely hate how it sounds under high gain, but it has a good pop for what you are describing. I've actually owned one, and the reason for selling it was because I wasn't playing blues and country.

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    Yeah, pearly gates doesnt belong in anything but an ES335 or a Les Paul. I think dave's on the money, ah custom custom sounds like a good fit, or a gibbo classic 57.
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    I would also look at the custom 5 its the same winding as the custom custom but just has an alnico 5 magnet. my dad has one in his strat and it sounds great FWIW

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