Tonerider Alnico Ii Or Byo Blizzard Of '59?

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  1. Cozmic3200

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    Thinking of a pickup swap down the road for my AL-3200MCC.
    The G&B ones that came factory seem "bleh"; not bad, but not great.

    I've been reading a lot here on different sets, and it seems Tonerider Alnico II gets a lotta love.
    In my research, I came across these:
    http://www.byoguitar.com/Guitars/Blizzard-of-59-Vintage-Humbucker-Set__BYO-BLIZZARD-SET.aspx
    They spec out good, with a lot of good reviews. Here's a detailed post from the TDPRI forum.
    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/byo-blizzard-of-59-analysis-and-review.751941/

    I was wondering if anyone has any experience with them?
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    FWIW, the chrome GM A2s are half as much as the nickel covered BYOs....
     

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    doc-knapp Well-Known Member

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    I have both in Tonerider and Giovanni pickups in Agile's. They're both very good value for their price, but for a few dollars more the Toneriders were better.
     
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    I can second that!:thumbsup:
    Currently, the herd has three guitars with GM pickups. A Reville Q90 with P90s, a Squier Tele with .25 calibers and a Cozart snakehead Tele with a Dimebucker clone.
    They all sound really good and you can't beat the $$$
    I'm not in any real hurry, I think I'll let Karma do it's thing and soon magical unicorn pickups will rain on me...:droplet::droplet::droplet:
     
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    I had a rocksong neck pickup in a tele that i coil-split. It was a decent sounding inexpensive pickup. I ended up replacing it for something brighter. The honeymoon lasted longer than usual though.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    You might also want to consider a set of Epi Probuckers ( Alnico 2) or the Alnico Classic Pros (Alnico 5) which can usually be had for around $40-$50 used. Great pickups...
     
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    I can heartily recommend the Giovanni single-coil telecaster pups. Good price, good sound. I also put a pair of Guitar Madness' P-94 humbucker-sized P90s in the Firebird Zero. I cheaped out with the ceramic version instead of the alnicos. Don't care--they sound fantastic! Pup swaps can be lots of fun!
     
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    I really like the GM pickups, three of my guitars have them.
    I'm debating uncovered cream pickups, GM has this Alnico V set at a good price.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/G-M-59er-A...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
    If I decide to stay with chrome, it'll probably be the ones tobijohn suggested.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/G-M-Alnico...782447?hash=item3f9ad7ef6f:g:1MMAAOSwvmRa4nyf

    Both sets are 4 wire and have the same DC resistance of 7.5K neck and 8.4K bridge.
    The only difference besides the cover is the magnet types- Alnico II in the cream ones and Alnico V in the bridge.
    After playing over the weekend (a lot!) I've noticed it's a pretty bright sounding guitar.
    Couple of questions...
    Any real world difference between Alnico II and V?
    I've read a lot of varying opinions on the net.
    As I mentioned, the guitar plays brighter than my buddy's LP. Any pickup types or mods to darken it up a bit?
    Thanks for all the great suggestions, awesome forum and members!
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    If it's too bright for you, and as long as you're going to replace the stock pickups, then I would suggest a set with Alnico 2 magnets. To my ear, they're warmer and not quite as "edgy" as pickups with A5s...
     
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    I don't know exactly what @mozz, @Buddha Pickups, and @andrewsrea normally charge but I'm nearly certain it's in the ballpark of what Tonerider charges for Alnico IIs for fully custom winds. Might be worth talking to them as any of them can equal the quality and wind you something custom or to a similar spec of any well known famous pickup. I'd suggest contacting one of them.
     
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    I have a couple sets of GM’s and they are hard to beat for the price. Especially when eBay has their 15 and 20% off coupons, but they don’t sound as good as my Buddha pickups. Have not tried Mozz or andrewsrea yet.
     
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    I can't comment on the GM or BYO pups, but I have a set of A2 PAF-style pickups in my AL2K that were hand wound by @Buddha Pickups and they're fan-damned-tastic. I heartily endorse his winding skillz
     
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    The stock neck pickup with A5s I like, but the stock bridge is too trebly.
    I decided to try swapping magnets on the stock bridge pickup to rough cast A2s from ebay seller addiction-fx.
    Cheap enough, and if it works out I have a number of other guitars that may benefit from a magnet swap.
     
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    There you go, if it isn't to your liking, you're only out a couple bucks and a little time...
     

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