Good strat pickups on the cheap?

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  1. TravisE

    TravisE Supporting Member

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    Picked up an eighties Korean Strat. It’s actually a super cool guitar but I’d like to upgrade the pickups a bit. It’s not worth dumping a bunch of money into though.

    Anyone have any pleasant surprises with some cheapo replacements?
     
  2. Bob Pollock

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    MIM Strat pickups. Find them used on ebay cheap.
     
  3. McStrats

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    It really depends on what kind of sound you are after. I generally buy used pickups on ebay and save a fortune.
     
  4. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    You can get used Duncans and DiMarzios on eBay for cheap.
     
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  5. standard24

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    You won't ever regret buying better quality pickups. And used is the best way to go. Lng after you've forgotten the price, you'll still be enjoying the guitar.

    I had a MIJ standard Strat. I dumped a bunch of money into... Full Callaham bridge, Rio Grande pickup set, USA wiring. It instantly became my #1 Strat. I played it so much I had to have it re-fretted.

    Quality parts really make a difference. And used ones are a bargain.
     
  6. Elmaco

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    Used duncan, dimarzios or fender originals are probably the most bang for the buck.
    If you want new ones on the cheap I can recommend Tonerider Pure Vintage. At least if you're looking for that classic old school low output sound. I really like them in one of my partscasters.
     
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    http://irongear.co.uk/

    I have a couple of their humbuckers. Based on that experience and the price, when my cheap strat thing gets here, I'll probably buy a set of single coils from there.
     
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    Those made by Alexander Pribora. Shamefully cheap and sound lovely.
     
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  9. skullfunkerry

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    Irongear pickups are excellent. Not sure how easy they are to get hold of in the States though...
     
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  10. wetordry

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    Used Tex Mex off the bay would be my choice for a good pickup i can use to judge the guitars sound. if it works out and I want better than that I'm gonna spend some money and get a real nice set of pickups.
    Guess I'm just used to them.
     
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  11. Calebz

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    I think they ship everywhere. Might cost a few bucks extra.

    I ordered a set a few weeks ago and they arrived at my home in central France 25 hours later. Added bonus, the pickups sound quite nice in my fake Paul.
     
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  12. jvin248

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    Often the pickups are fine, it's the other controls you want to replace.

    Don't be afraid of ceramic magnets, adjust the pickups lower.

    Bourns/CTS pots, CRL/OG switch, Switchcraft jack - same stuff on $3k guitar models. Sound, feel, durability, and operation improvement. Maybe you spend $30.

    Shield the cavities and used shielded cable to the jack.

    Look up the series wiring options (I use the Armstrong Blender) for more fun.

    Adjust pickup heights over several days.

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    Fender "Pure Vintage" '59 or '65 PU's. Boutique quality at around $115 for a set.
     
  15. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    What don't you like about the PUs that are in it? Just curious. You may be able to tweak the electronics and keep (and enjoy) what you have.

    If not, Duncan SSL2. Look for used.
     
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    On a related note, I'm thinking of throwing a HB into the bridge on my cheapie Squier. Looked at used DM and SD pickups. Anyone got reccmmendations for a good, affordable bridge humbucker? Used is cool.
     
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    I would look at Bootstrap. I got a set recently that are nice. $50 for the set and different winds/mags available.
     
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    Check the emporium here
     
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    Look for used Seymour Duncan SSL-1 or 2’s (2 if you have a flatter fingerboard). Best bang for buck out there.
     
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    Texas Specials, Tex Mex and GFS Alnico V's.
     

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