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Brimming with the classic '60s tone that rocked the world.

Fender Custom Shop '69 Stratocaster pickups produce one of the most revered guitar sounds in popular music history-the full, punchy late-'60s blues rock tone that ruled the era from Monterey on the West Coast to Woodstock on the East Coast. Because of the clarity and transparency created by the unique coil wind and magnet structure, the '69 pickup design works especially well with pedals allowing the low end to thump and the high end to soar.

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  • Set of 3 Custom '69 Strat pickups
  • Used in neck, middle, and bridge positions

Own the tone that defined an era. Order today!

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  • DC Resistance: 5.8k
  • Inductance: 2.2 Henries
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FenderCustom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set
 
4.6

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Vintage correct - but to a fault.

These are great pickups, unfortunetely they are 'vintage correct' to a fault for me. I had read online that the 69 Strat pickups would be noisy and it was a risk. There...Read complete review

These are great pickups, unfortunetely they are 'vintage correct' to a fault for me. I had read online that the 69 Strat pickups would be noisy and it was a risk. There are very few videos of them in use. What you don't hear is the noise they create in most situations.

Without a reverse wound pickup in the middle (which is vintage correct) the guitar produces much more noise and there is no escape - toggling 'out of phase' between the middle pickup will not help - the noise will remain. It's got a great build - a vintage correct staggered magnets, grey bobbin with a bright and clear copper enameled coil and a cloth wound wires - much higher quality than stock - just visually speaking you can see the difference.

Back then, there were no stock reverse wound pickups. Nowdays - it's standard on a single coil set setup. A noise gate pedal or software such as Guitar Rig will help - but there goes a bit of your attack and sustain. I've installed many pickups - they are grounded and the pickgaurd is sheilded - this is just how they are meant to be.

Overall - I would recommend these pickups only to vintage purists or a 2nd Strat you want "vintage correct" with an aged pickgaurd and vintage tuners. You can also consider chopping out the middle pickup for a stock strat one, allowing you to cut the noise.

I have had the pleasure of owning a 66 Strat for many years- and the similiarities in sound are there. Through a Orange Tiny Terror, Fender Hot-Rod & Marshall head, they do sound great and have some character. It's your ears that will decide if they sound good however. I get the sound they are going for and it's a great tone. Make no mistake - they sound good. Compared to Mexi Strat pickups - it's an upgrade. But, it comes with the cost of the noise - which is why I can't rate these 5 stars.

Perhaps check for the Vintage Noiseless - and a boost pedal for a bit more grit. Or consider DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2, which I am considering switching to in the Neck and bridge - with a Area 58 or 61 vintage style pickup in the middle for a nice mid range boost out of phase.

In my opinion, Fender should have created these with a reverse wound pickup and sheilded wire in the middle as a sacrifice to vintage correct as an update for the modern day guitar - the best of both worlds in my opinion - that would have made these pickups better for day-to-day use in recording or live performances. You decide if 'vintage correct' is where you want to be sound wise, it's not for everyone and you may have a little buyers remorse at retail. This review comes 6 months into my purchase after many hours of use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good sound but poor quality control.

ONLY 2 OUT OF THE 3 PICKUPS WORKED!

I purchased a set of the Fender Custom Shop '69 Pickups after hearing great reviews from some buddies at a local music store,...Read complete review

ONLY 2 OUT OF THE 3 PICKUPS WORKED!

I purchased a set of the Fender Custom Shop '69 Pickups after hearing great reviews from some buddies at a local music store, and watching YouTube demos. Well, long story short, I received a set from Musician's Friend that were already opened, and looked used -- the pickup covers had telltale pick scratches on them.

I went to have them installed in my MIM Fender Strat, and was disappointed to find that the Authorized Fender Tech could not install the bridge pickup, as a fault in the internal wiring was preventing the pickup from working at all.

So unfortunately, I paid full price for two pickups and have been left with a dead bridge pickup. Don't know who was truly at fault here, but the shoddy open packaging and the seemingly used nature of these pickups makes me think Musician's Friend was the culprit.

The last three purchases I've made from Musician's Friend have been suspect in quality -- sorry MF, three strikes and you're out.

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(15 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good sound but poor quality control.

By HTSMetal

from Satan's Armpit, KY

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Pros

  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Not Functional
  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    ONLY 2 OUT OF THE 3 PICKUPS WORKED!

    I purchased a set of the Fender Custom Shop '69 Pickups after hearing great reviews from some buddies at a local music store, and watching YouTube demos. Well, long story short, I received a set from Musician's Friend that were already opened, and looked used -- the pickup covers had telltale pick scratches on them.

    I went to have them installed in my MIM Fender Strat, and was disappointed to find that the Authorized Fender Tech could not install the bridge pickup, as a fault in the internal wiring was preventing the pickup from working at all.

    So unfortunately, I paid full price for two pickups and have been left with a dead bridge pickup. Don't know who was truly at fault here, but the shoddy open packaging and the seemingly used nature of these pickups makes me think Musician's Friend was the culprit.

    The last three purchases I've made from Musician's Friend have been suspect in quality -- sorry MF, three strikes and you're out.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pickups

    By Blueswave

    from HI

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    I like the 69 vintage vibe
    I have these pickups in my American Deluxe and in an American Standard. I

    Some have complained about having to make the maountin hole a little larger to accomodate the mounting screws. This is true, I had to do this in both cases. This was not a big deal to me since I mod my guitars anyway. Fender could do a little better with the fit...

    While the middle pickup is not reverse wound, I put copper sheilding in the cavity and I do not hear any more noise than any other pickups. I also put a baseplate on the bridge pickup, its adds a little more bass and presence.

    I really like these pickups, they work well for the the style of music I play. I have a bunch of amps - a Fender Twin, a Fender Blues Deville and a Mesa Mark V among others. It pairs best with the Fender Amps.

    I was fortunate to get several sets that are signed by Abigail Ybarra before she retired. I think these pickps signed by her will become in great demand in time....

    I recommend these if you want a vintage strat sound with a lttle more bite than average pickup and classic strat sound. .On my American Standard, the bridge pickup is reverse angled ala Hendrix, and I dig the vibe it put's out - great pickups for classic rock and blues or really almost anything you throw at it.
    Other than the mounting issue it's good...
    I think the price is fair

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Vintage correct - but to a fault.

    By Seattle Blues

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Better Output And Clarity
    • Fatter Tone
    • Fatter Warmer Sound
    • Good Quality
    • Great Gritty Dirty Sound
    • Gritty Dirty Blues Sounds
    • Gritty Dirty Tone Easily
    • Improves Sound
    • Upgrade For Mexi Strats

    Cons

    • Noise - Not Reverse Wound
    • Only A Mild Sustain Boost
    • Vintage Purists Only

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    These are great pickups, unfortunetely they are 'vintage correct' to a fault for me. I had read online that the 69 Strat pickups would be noisy and it was a risk. There are very few videos of them in use. What you don't hear is the noise they create in most situations.

    Without a reverse wound pickup in the middle (which is vintage correct) the guitar produces much more noise and there is no escape - toggling 'out of phase' between the middle pickup will not help - the noise will remain. It's got a great build - a vintage correct staggered magnets, grey bobbin with a bright and clear copper enameled coil and a cloth wound wires - much higher quality than stock - just visually speaking you can see the difference.

    Back then, there were no stock reverse wound pickups. Nowdays - it's standard on a single coil set setup. A noise gate pedal or software such as Guitar Rig will help - but there goes a bit of your attack and sustain. I've installed many pickups - they are grounded and the pickgaurd is sheilded - this is just how they are meant to be.

    Overall - I would recommend these pickups only to vintage purists or a 2nd Strat you want "vintage correct" with an aged pickgaurd and vintage tuners. You can also consider chopping out the middle pickup for a stock strat one, allowing you to cut the noise.

    I have had the pleasure of owning a 66 Strat for many years- and the similiarities in sound are there. Through a Orange Tiny Terror, Fender Hot-Rod & Marshall head, they do sound great and have some character. It's your ears that will decide if they sound good however. I get the sound they are going for and it's a great tone. Make no mistake - they sound good. Compared to Mexi Strat pickups - it's an upgrade. But, it comes with the cost of the noise - which is why I can't rate these 5 stars.

    Perhaps check for the Vintage Noiseless - and a boost pedal for a bit more grit. Or consider DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2, which I am considering switching to in the Neck and bridge - with a Area 58 or 61 vintage style pickup in the middle for a nice mid range boost out of phase.

    In my opinion, Fender should have created these with a reverse wound pickup and sheilded wire in the middle as a sacrifice to vintage correct as an update for the modern day guitar - the best of both worlds in my opinion - that would have made these pickups better for day-to-day use in recording or live performances. You decide if 'vintage correct' is where you want to be sound wise, it's not for everyone and you may have a little buyers remorse at retail. This review comes 6 months into my purchase after many hours of use.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Classic Fender Strat Tone

    By MS865077237

    from Minnesota

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    I'm very pleased overall with this purchase. Installation was fairly painless, with exception of getting the screws started in the waxy bobbin material, and easy instructions were included. Can't say enough how great these sound in my standard (Mexico) Strat without any other upgrades. It truly sounds like a guitar worth twice the price. Must stop typing to go play it now.
    These pickups feature Alnico (who knows what it means? ALuminum NIkel CObalt) magnets and grey bobbin material. I don't know how it makes these basic looking pickups sound awesome, but it does. The cloth wrapped single strand wire is very cool and "vintage" correct, too.
    As all Fender products are concerned, and this is from a dyed-in-the-wool Les Paul freak, quality is very high. I replaced another brand of "upgrade" pickups with the '69 strat set and was wonderfully impressed with the new, real Fender sound these pickups provide.
    I would rate these a 10 at just a little smaller pricetag, but the sound they provide is excellent for the money. As stated above, other even higher cost pickup sets do not offer this level of tonal purity or true Fender twang and sass.

    (8 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    False Ad.

    By bookman18

    from Milw, wi

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    Ad states these are Signed and Dated by Abby.Not so.I returned 1st set because of this and I was advised 2nd set would be signed.2nd set was same as 1st.Not signed or dated.I called and was told Fender no longer dates or signs these PUs.Ad online still advertises Signed and dated.I wanted these for and investment as I have a Masterbuilt Strat with Abbys in it..Now I'm stuck with These.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect pickups for classic rock

    By free shower tokens

    from Pennsylvania

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    Like i said in the title these pickups are perfect for classic rock sound and clean as well. They are definitely not for hard rock or metal, but sound great if you play hendrix, led zeppelin, pink floyd...

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dr. J.

    By Gunslinger

    from Pittsburgh, PA

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    I have a '62 reproduction Strat which I bought in 2002. I love the sound of it but it is an expensive guitar to be taking to gigs. I asked a local dealer what pickups would be closest to it and he said the '69 pickups. I bought the '69's from Musician's Friend and I also got a free gift of a pearloid pickguard. I put them on my 2005 MIM Strat and I'm very happy. This is now my main gigging axe. I've played sixties Strats and this is the tone.I read a lot of reviews about pickups. Single coils are not humbuckers these pickups and expect them to sound like a LesPaul. If you want that classic Strat sound, buy these.

    (6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Dr. J

    By Gunslinger

    from Pittsburgh, PA

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    I bought these last year to replace the pickups on a 2005 MIM Strat. I wanted pickups similar to those on my 2002 reproduction '62 Strat. I also have a '95 American Strat and another 2005 MIM Strat to compare. Out of the four different sets of Strat pickups I have , these are the least "hot". These are the cleanest of them all. Yes, you will get a little growl when they are overdriven but they need the help of a Blues Driver or Tube Screamer to get any balls. They are nowhere like the '62 Strat pickups. The original MIM pickups have more balls than these. I had the guitar with these pickups set up for open tuning slide but wasn't getting enough gain out of them. I switched back to a late '90's Squire Strat which has hotter pickups than these. The pickups on my '95 Strat seem to be Lace Sensors and I like that guitar the best and then the '62. If you want sparkly cleans, go with these. If you play rock or blues and want some overdrive, I'd go with something else. I also have a 2005 Highway One Tele and I like the stock pickups on that more than these pickups.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Custom Shop '69 Strat Pickup Set

    By DIck H

    from Buffalo NY

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    These pickups are not loud . Great mellow tone and bright tones. Great for all styles of music.
    Had these pickups professional installed into a 1995 Mexican Stratocaster . MY start now sounds better than most American made Fenders.
    Had the pickups professional installed. They sound awesome. They place where I had them installed was blown away by how good these pickups are.
    Great tone. They made my Mexican Strat sound better than most American made Strats.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice Pickups

    By The Little Piggy

    from Southern CA

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    Very satisfied. Nice timbre and bonus that all three pickups are identical so no impedance changes when switching pickup positions. Made a World of difference getting rid of the MIM pickups which are not even built with true pole pieces but rather mild steel poles with bar magnets stuck on the bottoms to set up a magnetic field. Cheesey. THESE ARE QUALITY! As a coil winder, I can see these were built with care. Sound like a million bucks. Note, with all three pickups identical, no hum cancelling in the 'tween switch positions. Still lots of 'quack' and 'quoock'..... awesome job Miss Ybarra.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Strat tones ever? GET THESE!

    By Slammintone

    from Indiana

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • All Positions Are Superb
    • Easy To Use
    • Fantastic Strat Character
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Louder Than You'd Think
    • Low End Just Pumps
    • Notes Swell And Bloom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      These pickups are standard on the USA 70s Reissue Stratocaster except on those guitars the wiring sheathing is plastic rather than cloth wrapped. Without a doubt this is the best, most authentic vintage flavored Stratocaster pickup set I've ever tried. Basically, just read the blog for them on the Fender website and roll with that because that description is spot on accurate. These do sound like old Hendrix, David Gilmour and Richie Blackmore to a "T"! Considering they are single coil the hum and buzz is remarkably subdued compared to the Fender Custom Shop 1960 and 1956 pickups I've had in two Custom Shop Stratocasters. The killer low end punch on the low strings is an added bonus as it doesn't color or muddy up the mids or high end at all. The highs have plenty of shimmering chimey glassiness. The mids are very clear with a nice twangy vintage Stratocaster flavor I crave. The in between sounds work great for the intended purpose, very much Mark Knophler all the way. Considering the low output of 5.8kohms they really help push my JCM800 Marshall stack into a nice clean/crunch perfect for a lot of Hendrix and Deep Purple tunes without added overdrives. Adding just a touch of DOD 250 Overdrive (new gold version) gives enough extra push to cover just about any hard rock genre I could think of thanks to the extra push in the low end these wonderful pickups have. This is the easiest recommendation for Stratocaster pickups I've ever made.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      69' CS Pick Ups

      By Telecustomshop5252

      from Meridian, ID

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      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      GREAT pick ups. Had them installed in my MIM Strat along w/new Pots...Sounds like a brand new guitar...Very glassy and chimey. Well worth the money.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gorgeous

      By GuitarSlim

      from Ontario, Canada

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      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      To start off, I own a Mexican Strat. It was my first guitar and once I got a job, I started replacing all the low-quality parts with the best I could afford. Strap locks, locking tuners, bone nut, tortoise shell pickguard (on a white strat, it looks amazing), and finally the pickups. You know those old blues or rock recordings from the 60's with the impossibly gorgeous strat sound you think you can never get? Well these pickups get those sounds. Bridge pickup is Blackmore-ish, middle pickup is thumpy and defined. Neck pickup is bluesy and great. For me though, it's the in-between settings (out of phase) that really do it. Bridge/middle and middle/neck are so sweet and rich sounding, you have to hear it to believe it. If you love the sound of early strats, buy these pickups. Play them through a good Fender tube amp or a Marshall plexi like I do and you'll never put the guitar down.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Experience late 60s Bite

      By Stratophonic

      from Santiago, Dominica Republic

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Classic Thin yet Bity Late 60s Strat Sound
      • Hendrix, Hendrix and them Some Hendrix
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Vintage Strat Sound in Mind

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

        I have two sets of these (both Abigail Ybarra Initiated). This is the absolute sound I have in my mind when I think of Jimi........and let me tell you I have bought a couple of boutique pickups....but I always come back to these, I am done trying for imitations!!!........The problem with these boutique pickups is that they try to do their take on a product that can't be improved (much like people trying to improve the Bassman or the JTM45, THAT CAN'T BE DONE)

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Recommended on Fender Eric Clapton Gtr!

        By Jose7822

        from Valrico, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Studio

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

        I own a Fender Eric Clapton Signature guitar that came stock with N3 noiseless pickups and the TBX/Mid-Boost system. The guitar sounds good with this system, and it may even impress you at first given the versatility it offers to your tone. But it didn't have that strat sound we all crave and search for when we buy a Fender guitar. I felt there was something missing, so I began to research other pickups on YouTube (Aren't we lucky to have such resources at our disposal?).

        Long story short, the removal of the entire TBX/Mid-Boost system along with the Fender Custom Shop '69 pickups finally gave me the sound I was looking for. These pups brought life to my Fender Eric Clapton strat! Now my axe has that classic tone Fender guitars are known for :-).

        If you own this guitar, I highly recommend you switch those lifeless N3 pickups (along with the whole active system that comes with the Fender Eric Clapton guitar) with something akin to the pups, tone pots and wiring that were originally used back in the day, such as these Fender Custom Shop ones. The tone you'll get will bring you joy, I promise!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Making a difference

        By Johnny Astor

        from Kentucky

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Blues Or Clean

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

        Upgraded my Mex. Strat. Sounds better than my American special humbucker , I couldn't get the ones I first ordered they sent made in Mexico warehouse error , so I decided to get the custom shop, and I am so glad I did. These pickups are awesome you got that blues sound or sounds like Clapton to a tee. More sustain when you want it, oh yea great for Stevie Ray music also. I love my New Mexican American stratocaster . If you want a low cost American strat, get the custom shop and upgrade.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Whoa ! '69 Indeed !

        By Junior Samples

        from Rockazona... (AZ)

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

        Put these in my (Musician's Friend) 2010 American Standard after a few weeks of getting used to the tone. Looking back... well there is no looking back. Through a Fender Blues Deluxe re-issue and some MXR pedals (all from Musician's Friend) I'm back in the day. Great customer service, always, many purchases...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow

        By KP-JytVQ

        from Northern California

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

        I normally do not write reviews. But, these pickups are so great I have to say something. It is like having a different guitar. I dropped these into my MIM Standard Strat and was blown away.

        (1 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        who wound these

        By alien hippie

        from @ home

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        Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

        mine weren't signed and dated and I don't think A Y did them.
        sounded worse then texas special
        If you like thin sounds

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Right up there with the best.

        By Saltbird

        from Fort Collins, CO

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        Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

        I don't know how anyone could say these are over priced. If anything they are under priced. spending ~150 bucks on something that can easily make your guitar sound like it's worth twice as much, is a steal. They sounded great in my mexican strat. Then I got an american strat and loaded them in it and, of course, they sounded even better. I get pretty much all the strat tones I ever crave out of these pickups. All 5 positions are distinct and equally desirable. They're so clean and sparkly but sound equally as amazing when overdriven and distorted.

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