Humbuckers and P-90 Replacement Pickups
Strat® Replacement Pickups
Tele®, Jaguar® and Jazzmaster® Replacement Pickups

About the Guitars: We used a '56 Goldtop for the P-90s, a '60s Classic Les Paul for humbuckers, and a '70s Firebird for the mini-humbuckers. We used all brand new Fender guitars for the Fender soundclips. The Tele and Strat tones came from American-made reissues. The Tele was a '52 with a light-weight ash body and a maple fingerboard, and the Strat was a '62 with a medium-weight alder body and a rosewood board. For the Jaguar and Jazzmaster, we used medium-weight Japanese-made instruments with basswood bodies and rosewood boards. The guitars all used fresh sets of American Flyer 10-46 gauge strings. We kept the pickup-to-string heights consistent between each change of pickups.

About the Amps: We employed the "highest common denominator" philosophy in our amp selection. For clean tones, we used a silverface Fender Super Reverb with stock 4x10 "blue frame" speakers. We kept the Bright Switch "On" throughout. For crunch tones, we used a well-worn Marshall JCM 800 50 watt master volume head through a new Marshall 1960A Celestion®-loaded 4x12 cabinet. We plugged into the High output. With both amps we close miked straight-on with SM-57s through a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixer.

These are the amp settings:

Fender Super Reverb
Bright Switch
3
5
6.5
4.5
2.5
On
Volume
Treble
Midrange
Bass
Reverb
Marshall JCM 800
Output
5.5
10
4
4
2
7
High
Presence
Bass
Midrange
Treble
Master
Pre-Amp