How do Tone Specific Pickups compare to Vintage Pickups?

This is a question we are often asked. Just to be asked such a question is a huge compliment.

Who better to ask than the guys that rely on Tone Specific to get their tone?

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It sounds like the have Tubes in them...almost three dimensional. They just sound really sweet. I don’t how they do it but they even feel sweet. Just like vintage pickups but with more sustain and less noise. They are just amazing.

Mike Gallaher
Guitarist for Joe Cocker, Leon Russell & many others
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These are the best pickups I've ever used. I'm so happy to have these in my guitars. They are better than vintage pickups. They just feel & sound amazing. Man you are a Genius.
Will Crosby
Guitarist in BB King Band
Formerly worked for Aretha Franklin & Mavis Stables 
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It's like plugging into a nice Studio Tube Compressor...you hear every nuance of every note. Tone Specific pickups are more dynamic sounding, I'd say they're organic sounding. With other pickups you don’t get that. They sound very fat but very clear.  When you hit it harder you hear the dynamics you want to hear. I’ve been trying for years and with other pickups you don’t get that. They sound like vintage pickups.
Leo Amuedo
Guitarist - The Chris Botti Band
Also performs with Ivan Lins / Blood, Sweat & Tears / Lucia Micarelli / Sy Smith
 
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They bloom just like a vintage tube amplifier. There are just really vintage sounding pickups. Super warm, dynamic & they sustain forever. They just agree with all of my amps. There's nothing else like them. I put them in all of my guitars, even my vintage guitars. 
Ford Thurston
Nashville Session Guitarist
Touring Guitarist for Randy Houser 
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You are a Genius. These things make a solid state amp sound like it has Tubes in it. They have this 3-D thing going on. I’ve tried every important pickup upgrade since 1983 & the pickups are the best by far. I want these in all of my guitars.
Mark Whitfield
Jazz Guitarist
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I was knocked out by your pickups! Plugged straight in, it sounds like it was going through a top shelf tube compressor—only better.
I’m the luthier/owner of Stonetree Custom Guitars for over 20 years now. My goal is to craft a “brand new old guitar”. I have relied on a couple of the biggest boutique pickup makers for the most part, but your pickups are a game changer. I have built guitars for many pros including Eric ‘Roscoe’ Ambel & Joe Bonamassa.
Scott Platts
Luthier
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Just like vintage pickups only better. They have this dynamic thing going on kind of like a great tube amp. I imagine this is what new vintage pickups sounded like back in the 50's & 60's.
Dani Robinson
Guitarist (Performs Jimi parts w/Billy Cox Experience)
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Something about the way they feel when you play...the way they make you play & respond to you guitar is so important because it's inspiring & let you play better. They are the most sensitive pickups I've ever played...the best!
Marty Pelto
Guitarist
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These pickups respond just like vintage pickups. What makes them better than vintage pickups is that each set is consistent. You don’t don’t get that with vintage pickups…some are great & some are duds.  The Tone Specific’s always sound amazing. There's nothing else like these on the market.
Dan Courtenay
Vintage Guitar Expert/Buyer in NYC
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These are the quintessential sounding P.A.F. style pickups. They give you all of that warmth, bloom & sustain you’d expect in a vintage pickups.
Jay Leonard
Session & Touring Pro
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These pickups sound absolutely fantastic. Perfectly matched and more versatile than my original Blackguard Tele vintage pickups.  
Steve Ouimette
Session Guitarist
(Alice Cooper, Guitar Hero, Public Enemy)
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I love your pickups. I put them in my guitar and it is exactly what I was looking for. We play old honky tonk and Western swing, so I have to cover a lot of ground between twang and warm arch top tones. The bridge pickup is the first one that has made me happy other than an original 55 bridge pickup. The whole set has that great 50’s sound and feel. I don’t use any pedals and the combo sounds awesome plugged straight into my Princeton. Keep doing what you do!
Sam Platts
Guitarist
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Your pickups are killer. I've played a lot of guitar in my life but these pickups are the best I've played. I know you've worked hard at your craft but you should be very proud. You deserve all the kudos you get. Thank you very much.
Lightnin Willie
Blues Recording Artist
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Hey Maestro, the pickups sound amazing. There’s more depth to these than the stock pickups for sure. There’s a boat load of sustain too.
Will Brahm
Guitarist
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I can't thank you enough for my pickup set. They are an answer to a prayer that I could create the perfect guitar. I spent a great deal of money for a Strandberg only to find the sound was not up to par. Now, it is fabulous. Thanks Again & God Bless You.
Stephen Lalonde
Guitarist
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They sound amazing. A big improvement over the other pickups I had. I use them in my #1 guitar for gigs and sessions.
Aaron Lebos
Jazz Recording Artist
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Fascinating recording the Les Paul Gold Top with the 57/61 Deluxe PAF's and comparing to my other Les Paul with stock pickups! At higher gain levels the Tone Specific's has great definition. There are harmonics coming out of the amp in the room I’m not used to with when using the Tone Specific's & it translate's beautifully when recorded! Interesting!!
Doug Rappoport
Guitarist - Edgar Winter
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Amazing pickups. They really capture the harmonics of each instrument. I use them in as many of my builds as possible.
Stephen Marchione
Luthier
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I wanted to thank you again for making these great pickups. At first I thought it was a subtle change, but the more I play, the more I can’t STOP playing! These things are sounding better every day.  Anyhow, I am totally in love with these! I now own 2 sets & I can't get enough. I just bought another set for my brother.
Mark Malin
Amp Builder
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I’ve had over 8 different sets of pickups in my guitar…I can honestly say without a doubt…these are the best sounding pickups I have ever heard... Well done gentleman…thanks for ending my tone search.
Benjamin Fargen
Amp Builder
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I noticed the difference right away. I’ve tried every pickup you can imagine and the these pickups exceed everything else. Hands down the best pickups on the market. Just pure tone…the only pickups I’ll ever use
Lefty Ferguson
Nashville Guitarist
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They sound better than all of the other pickups I've used. I think they even sound better than the Arlo's. I'll be using them in my future builds.
Ken McKay
Luthier
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Tone Specific always delivers a masterpiece. These responsive pickups catch the essence of my guitars & enables the musician to create the sounds he wants.
Vincent Cleroux
Luthier
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Tone Specific makes the best pickups. The sustain and warmth is incredible. They are very dynamic, very tubey. They destroy all other pickups. They go in all of my guitars. It's kind of like plugging into and old Neve console
Mike Severson
Session Guitarist
Touring Guitarist for Robert Glasper / Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire)
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Just installed the Tone Specific P.A.F. pickups in my guitar and I was completely blown away! This little monsters are simply unbelievable. Definitely the best sounding, most transparent, and well balanced pickup I have played to date!!! Thanks so much "Tone Specific" for these wonderful tools. Feeling so inspired and definitely can not go back to playing any other pickup.
Hristo Vitchev
Jazz Guitarist
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Today I had a recording session and I was really impressed and pleased by the quality of your Tone Specific pickups. You were right, there is no need for the split coil. What a great tone man! Thank you so much and congratulations for the amazing pickups.

Sandro Albert

Jazz Guitarist

Former Guitar for the band WAR

Producer in NYC

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Behind the Scenes at Tone Specific

 

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Listen to the Tone Specific Pickups in Action.

1959 Blues P.A.F. Humbuckers - Played by Leo Amuedo

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