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Post by rodolfosrb on Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:34 am

Hi,

I have a westone thunder I-A. Do you have the specifications of the pickups? Are they ceramic or alnic?

If i change them to some seymour duncan pickups will it higly improve the guitar? Or they are both high quality pickups?

Thanks!

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Post by gittarasaurus on Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:35 am

thunder 1A would typically have mmk45 pickups stock. they have ceramic magnets. they are considered high output pickups with about 11k ohm windings.

'improve' is highly subjective and pickups are a personal choice. they are very easy to change. you may want to try several different pickup sets, but it is a good idea to retain the originals as they are no longer in production.
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Post by The Chad on Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:19 pm

gittarasaurus wrote: it is a good idea to retain the originals as they are no longer in production.

AMEN...

What style to you play?  Duncan's may be good, depending on what you are after.  If it's a more aggressive style of music, I would say yes, change them.  You may find the stock bridge MMK45 too thin sounding, whereas the neck may be nice and fat.
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Post by Westbone on Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:57 pm

The stock MMK 45 in a Thunder I are Westones take on a Dimarzio super distortion and a bloody good one at that.

These days you've a multitude of choices from tons of manufactures.
Finding one to your liking? Well that's another story. 

Mate it depends on your amp, speakers and all that, it's not just the p'ups.

Don't always go with the BIG names as they're usually BIG prices.

Can recommend this manufacturer for reasonable prices and excellent p'ups.

http://www.tonerider.com/
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Post by corsair on Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:36 pm

Westbone wrote:The stock MMK 45 in a Thunder I are Westones take on a Dimarzio super distortion and a bloody good one at that.

These days you've a multitude of choices from tons of manufactures.
Finding one to your liking? Well that's another story. 

Mate it depends on your amp, speakers and all that, it's not just the p'ups.

Don't always go with the BIG names as they're usually BIG prices.

Can recommend this manufacturer for reasonable prices and excellent p'ups.

http://www.tonerider.com/

This. All of this.

The pickups are a big part of the sound, yes, but not the only part - even the type and newness of your strings will make an appreciable difference!

I've used Tonerider pickups and love what they do to the guitar I put them in; I've got a Seymour Duncan in another and, really, haven't noticed a great deal of difference from the MMK45 that was in there. There is a plethora of reasonably priced pickups out there and all you can do is read the technical specs and reviews: Good luck with your hunt!!

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Post by rodolfosrb on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:02 pm

gittarasaurus wrote:thunder 1A would typically have mmk45 pickups stock. they have ceramic magnets. they are considered high output pickups with about 11k ohm windings.

'improve' is highly subjective and pickups are a personal choice. they are very easy to change. you may want to try several different pickup sets, but it is a good idea to retain the originals as they are no longer in production.

Thanks for the answear!
I have a Ibanez w dimmarzio, and a fender custom.... so i was thinking in changing the westone to a bluesy guitar.... And as I know it has a greaty body and construction.... but didnt know bout the picks quality....

Thats the boubt
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Post by rodolfosrb on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:05 pm

The Chad wrote:
gittarasaurus wrote: it is a good idea to retain the originals as they are no longer in production.

AMEN...

What style to you play?  Duncan's may be good, depending on what you are after.  If it's a more aggressive style of music, I would say yes, change them.  You may find the stock bridge MMK45 too thin sounding, whereas the neck may be nice and fat.

The guitar is abandoned.. so i need to make her alive... by changing the picks... maybe some P90's
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Post by rodolfosrb on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:08 pm

The Chad wrote:
gittarasaurus wrote: it is a good idea to retain the originals as they are no longer in production.

AMEN...

What style to you play?  Duncan's may be good, depending on what you are after.  If it's a more aggressive style of music, I would say yes, change them.  You may find the stock bridge MMK45 too thin sounding, whereas the neck may be nice and fat.

I play lots of styles... from rock to blues... but thinking in make her more blues.. using alnico picks....
Yes, i know brands are expensive... Im from brazil and we have here good picks... using the same materials of gibson, fender and seymour.... they do very well in blind tests.... and i was thinking in one of them.... look at youtube... "Captadores malagoli"
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Post by rodolfosrb on Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:10 pm

Westbone wrote:The stock MMK 45 in a Thunder I are Westones take on a Dimarzio super distortion and a bloody good one at that.

These days you've a multitude of choices from tons of manufactures.
Finding one to your liking? Well that's another story. 

Mate it depends on your amp, speakers and all that, it's not just the p'ups.

Don't always go with the BIG names as they're usually BIG prices.

Can recommend this manufacturer for reasonable prices and excellent p'ups.

http://www.tonerider.com/
Answears above.... Thanks all of you for your help!
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Post by monkey on Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:58 pm

for what it's worth, i know the guy who produces these pickups ...

http://www.houseoftonepickups.com/

... really nice. very helpful. lots of experience too.
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