Anyone try Starla pups in anything besides a Starla?

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Blakemore, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Blakemore

    Blakemore New Member

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    Love the clarity, string separation and sound of the Starla core pups.

    Anyone ever tried them in something other than a Starla?
    Something with a maple top?
     
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  2. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Hans has a set in an SC-J. His review on them is pretty awesome.
     
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  3. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    Funny my Starla had Lolar pickups in it :)
    My Vela has a Starla pickup in it great pickup
     
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  4. Shawn@PRS

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    I had Starla's in my Custom 22. They are bright and pretty unforgiving. They weren't designed for a ham-fisted hack like me, they are for people who can actual play well.
     
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  5. Blakemore

    Blakemore New Member

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    Curiosity got the better of me and I did a thing....


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    It sounds incredible in this guitar!!! Gives more oomph in the bridge than the 58/15LT but still has ridiculous clarity and chime. Also has a fatter/tighter bottom end and split sounds terrific as well.
    It's the first pickup I've mixed with the neck that has actually retained close to the same sonic footprint as both 58/15LT's in the middle position.
    Wonderful surprise!!
     
  6. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Aw hell yeah!
     
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  7. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    Pardon my stupidity, but what pickup is that?
     
  8. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Yes, put them in a CUST24, I liked them, very clear. Actually have a pair of core Starla pups, I’ll pm you.
     
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  9. Blakemore

    Blakemore New Member

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    PRS Starla Core in the Bridge
    58/15LT in the Neck
     
  10. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    How about no and yes? In other words a maple top Starla:

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    And, Hans seems to think these are the only gold ones, but I don’t know.
     
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  11. GavQuinn

    GavQuinn New Member

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    Yeah, I've 2008 Starla; my number one player. The Starla pickups, I've tried them in a SC245, they didn't sound the same at all. They sounded quite stiff actually. I think that the more open sound of the pickups lends itself well to the warmer sounding guitar, but I've moved on from those pickups.

    After 10 years with them and not knowing why they weren't perfect I thought about it - The pickups are too compressed for me. There's no kick or punch, they're too warm for a pickup with less output. Made them feel 75% PAF, 25% single coil, I always felt like I wanted them to sound 50/50. When you ran it through pedals, that high end 'sparkle' was lost, but it didn't thump to make up for it either..

    It's like it was too hot to be a filtertron but too weedy to be a PAF. The highs were nice, but there wasn't enough, neck pickup was too bassy.

    I had Sunday Handwound make me a set of Firebird pickups in full sized covers and it's a total improvement for me. More present, more punch, less output but WAY more dynamic and lively, no mud, Fender cleans and Angus Young type overdrive sound.

    The Starla pickups are in the case - they're staying there.
     
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    Well that explains why my son, who's an obviously better player than me, makes my core Starla sound so damned good. Still, I love playing it anyway.
     
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  13. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Is the consensus that the Starla Pickups are good in hollowbody or semi-hollow guitars? I just picked a set up for pretty cheap and I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to put them in.

    CE Semi-Hollow/Reclaimed Semi-Hollow
    S2 Semi-Hollow
    Vela Reclaimed
    Hollowbody

    Any other ideas?
     
  14. archey

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    I put a set in a First Act Sheena. Go ahead and laugh, but it's actually a pretty bad ass guitar now.

    https://imgur.com/ixPSUX9
     
  15. Boogie

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    The Starla pup in a Reclaimed Vela is a fantastic match. It takes the semihollow mids and drops a balanced spread of highs, similar to a P-90 but more refined. Mine currently sports a Duncan Antiquity humbucker to match my needs for now, but if...err...when that changes, the Starla is going back in. I’d be very compelled to find core Starla pups.
     
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  16. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Hmm, never thought about a Starla pickup in a semi hollow. At first when you mentioned a maple top guitar, I was hesitant... I could see them being very plinky and stiff, but semi hollows are a whole other thing. Hmmmmmm....
     
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