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Jean-Sebastien Gauthier


From:
Quebec, Canada
Post Posted 12 Aug 2017 8:17 am     Reply with quote

Hi, Im ordering a Clinesmith short scale cast aluminum steel and I can't decide wich pickup to choose. Both are great looking and Im sure sound amazing.

Im a big fan of Jerry Byrds but also Joaquin Murphey and Vance Terry. So its hard to choose between Rick or Bigsby sound!

Any advice, description or anything that can help me from Clinesmith owner would be very appreciated!

Thanks!
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Cartwright Thompson


Post Posted 12 Aug 2017 10:37 am     Reply with quote

I have owned long scale versions of both. The difference between the pickups is not huge, subtle actually IMHO.
The shoe has a little more of an edge to it while the blade is a bit rounder. It's difficult to describe. I wouldn't describe one as Bigsby and the other as Rickenbacher.
I was in need of some cash and had to sell one. It really was a toss up. I kept the blade but I really was on the fence about it.
They are both amazing, the finest lap steels I've ever played.
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Brooks Montgomery


From:
Idaho, USA
Post Posted 12 Aug 2017 11:02 am     Reply with quote

I sure like my blade pickup on my short scale aluminum c'smith.
BTW, you see that someone has one for sale in classifieds?
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Noah Miller


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Rocky Hill, CT
Post Posted 12 Aug 2017 11:18 am     Reply with quote

I can compare Clinesmith's Bigsby pickup to an original Rick pickup, but not Clinesmith's horseshoe pickup. For those two, I agree with Cartwright. The Rick has more cutting power and more pronounced high mids, while the Bigsby has a warmer sound with more pronounced low mids.

I went with the Bigsby pickup simply because I didn't have that sound already and vintage Ricks are not hard to find. It's hard to beat that sound when played through a vintage-style tube amp.
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David Ball


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Tennessee
Post Posted 12 Aug 2017 3:11 pm     Reply with quote

I have a 10 string "plank" with a blade pickup and an 8 string cast guitar with the shoe. The shoe is a bit hotter and edgier as has been mentioned earlier. Theyre both great sounding pickups. The Clinesmith shoe is a lot fatter sounding than the Rick pickups to my ear. I have several old ricks and they are all a bit thinner and bright sounding than the Clinesmith. you wont go wrong with either.

Dave
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Jean-Sebastien Gauthier


From:
Quebec, Canada
Post Posted 13 Aug 2017 5:10 am     Reply with quote

Brooks Montgomery wrote:
I sure like my blade pickup on my short scale aluminum c'smith.
BTW, you see that someone has one for sale in classifieds?


It will be mine! So I go with the blade! Thanks guys for the infos.

I will be a very proud owner of this aluminum Clinesmith! Todd is a great guy to deal with, he is a great player and is instruments are incredible! I ordered a Clinesmith bar to go with my new steel!
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