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Difference between AVRI and Squier VM pickups?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Difference between AVRI and Squier VM pickups? Reply with quote

For Jaguar and/or Jazzmaster.

Worth the upgrade?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd prefer the VM pickups. They're bolder, higher output, more compressed sounding. I like that.

Never much of a fan of the AVRI pickups. My jags neck pickup was dark, muddy and lifeless and the bridge shrill, ear piercing and beyond useable for me. They lasted 2 days in my guitar.

Which leads me to say, it's a preference thing. What works for one doesn't work for another.

Personally I would speak to Curtis Novak, out of all the pickup companies that deal with offset / shortscale pickups, he seems to have a good reputation and many happy customers. One day I'll give them a try.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you're in the UK i'd contact Jaime at Handmade at the Creamery.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Novak makes excellent pickups (I love my JM-V/JM-FAT set in my Jazzmaster) but there are some decent UK makers around. Bare Knuckle and the Creamery are two I've heard good things about...the latter offers plenty of custom options, offering a similar service to Novak's without worrying about the Arsefarce ransom or HM Customs charges that come with the transatlantic postage.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnnyseven wrote:
As you're in the UK i'd contact Jaime at Handmade at the Creamery.


I tried that and never got a reply so will never buy from them. Shame.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the CIJ pups the best, low-fi, microphonic and toneless..
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnnyseven wrote:
As you're in the UK i'd contact Jaime at Handmade at the Creamery.


do you know his range of prices?

for jazzmaster, i found this too: http://cgi.ebay.fr/Mojo-Pickups-Wide-Range-Jazzmaster-Humbucker--/221137279915?pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item337ccf1bab#ht_500wt_1156
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Mojo Pickups for UK stuff. His eBay account is slomomarc.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrJamesBrown wrote:
Try Mojo Pickups for UK stuff. His eBay account is slomomarc.


so my ebay link above is him
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnny Noir wrote:
johnnyseven wrote:
As you're in the UK i'd contact Jaime at Handmade at the Creamery.


do you know his range of prices?


Not off hand, other than they're not on the cheap side. Take a look at his web site, it has all his range with prices - he'll do custom stuff too.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
I like the CIJ pups the best, low-fi, microphonic and toneless..


Only the bridge pickups.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The whole fucking shebang is microphonic with CIJs.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well mine ain't.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My CIJ neck pickup is microphonic, but I love the way it sounds.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

othomas2 wrote:
Never much of a fan of the AVRI pickups. My jags neck pickup was dark, muddy and lifeless and the bridge shrill, ear piercing and beyond useable for me. They lasted 2 days in my guitar


I really really like how my AVRI jag pickups sound, especially the neck, robust and plenty of high end, maybe yours were duds?
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