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    Lace Alumitone Pickups

    Anybody else ever try any of these?
    They have ones to match P-90s, Strat type single coils & humbuckers, etc.

    I liked them.
    If I ever replace any pickups on a guitar again I woudl love to try these out.
    I played a Strat with them in it--and it was a real light Strat as well.
    Also played a couple of Les Paul type guitars with their humbucker & P-90 pickups

    I still love the pickups I have already--but these are cool and have a bit of variation from what I have.

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    I've never heard of them...

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    Yes I have tried the Alumitone pickups. I did up this bottom feeder Gretsch for my good buddy Paul & installed a pair of the Humbucker one's in it. It was a learning experience as when I first put them in I used 500k pots. The result was super bright tone bordering on shrill. I hated them. So back to the drawing board. I changed the pots out to 250k and the results were dramatic. They sounded like no humbucker I've ever heard. Crazy nice tone. This guitar went into a pro studio that is used by pro musicians all over the world. No exaggeration! He told me that those pickup's produce an airy jangle that he's never experienced before & that that bottom feeder at the time had been used like a hundred times already laying track's for many different styles. I have only experienced the Humbucker one's but I am a big fan of Don Lace's pickups & give them 2 thumbs up.
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    KC did you have to change the cap out too or just the pots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    Yes I have tried the Alumitone pickups. I did up this bottom feeder Gretsch for my good buddy Paul & installed a pair of the Humbucker one's in it. It was a learning experience as when I first put them in I used 500k pots. The result was super bright tone bordering on shrill. I hated them. So back to the drawing board. I changed the pots out to 250k and the results were dramatic. They sounded like no humbucker I've ever heard. Crazy nice tone. This guitar went into a pro studio that is used by pro musicians all over the world. No exaggeration! He told me that those pickup's produce an airy jangle that he's never experienced before & that that bottom feeder at the time had been used like a hundred times already laying track's for many different styles. I have only experienced the Humbucker one's but I am a big fan of Don Lace's pickups & give them 2 thumbs up.
    Cool--good thing to remember about the pots--I might liek the sound you didn't--or I might not like it either.

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    KC did you have to change the cap out too or just the pots?
    Most of the experts I have heard from think most of what you hear about all the different caps out there to be mumbo jumbo--whether marketing or stuff people just believer
    The value makes a difference they say--but the pot would make a much bigger difference.
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    I kept the same cap. The debate over tone Capacitors can get way out of hand. I can here differences in values for sure when they are wide open. Under usual conditions a player would never go all the way on though so really your only using a percentage of what it filters. Anyone who says there is no audio difference between values wide open and claim's to be an expert I will quickly question there so called expertise as well as there hearing. When I had the 500s installed I found the tone to be even brighter than Strat pickup's. On further research I found that there were others that found the same result. The reason I mentioned it was that the old 250k for single coil & 500k for humbucker did not apply to those. This shows that the whole design of an Alumitone is a totally different animal. Check out how low the resistance level on them.
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    They do say they are a new type of pickup
    As for the Caps--I meant no major differences between types of caps--so that eh big bucks you see being charged for Bumble bee and oil in paper caps, etc probably aren't worth it for the difference--if any.
    The value does--but as you pointed out there is a limitation.
    So the benefit of one over the other is mostly marketing.

    So even if one cap is better than another--for the price difference--you have to dcid if it is worth it.
    For me--as I play for a hobby--no it probably isn't.
    But even if you make a living at playing it may not be.
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    There might not be a significant difference in type of cap but I generally use very large tone caps in my guitars and it definitely makes a difference. Some guitar techs have questioned the caps I request to have installed

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    I was happy with the ones in my LP copy & left them--actually I left the pots as well--and I love the way it sounds with the current pickups.

    But if I do change any pickups again I think Alumatones woudl be cool to have for something a bit different.
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