Single coil pickups - I want vintage tone but no stagger

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  1. leftyaxeslinger

    leftyaxeslinger Supporting Member

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    I have some Lollar Blackface PUs in another guitar. No stagger and smokin' tone with surpisingly great balance. I'm a lefty so non stagger means I don't have to special order for lefty staggered pole peices

    I'd like to try some different single coils in the neck and middle with a PAF style humbucker in the bridge on a maple board/alder body strat. Any suggesstions would be appreciated!
     
  2. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for

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    Keystones. They're dirt cheap and you'll be SHOCKED at how good they sound. And if they're not quite right, try moving the height a mm or two and try again.
     
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    and quit drinking...............worked for me at least
     
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    It could be an inner ear thing.
     
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    hardys Member

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    Rio Grande Vintage Tallboys. Non-staggered, full sounding with less than usual high end chime.
     
  6. leftyaxeslinger

    leftyaxeslinger Supporting Member

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    any more suggestions for non-stagger pole piece single coils?
    :drink
     
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    In another thread like this someone suggested his favs were Neck: Blonde,
    Middle: BF, and Bridge: Special....... Lollars of course.......sorry cannot remember who it was....I have BF's in my MIA strat and love em'
     
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    I managed to push down the center poles with my thumb... problem solved with no change in tone (I mean, I like my pickups)
     
  10. mcgruff

    mcgruff Senior Member

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    If the pole pieces are different sizes (as they often are) you won't be able to do that.
     
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    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    Beat me to saying, "If you don't want any stagger, don't drink when you play".
     
  12. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    that's not the problem!

    the problem is that vintage fender-style pickups are wound right onto the magnets; by pushing them, you risk breaking a coil wire and killing the pickup.

    (i've had good luck over the years carefully "nudging" new fender custom shop pickups to fix their stupid wound-G stagger by tapping down the G pole below the D, so the pickup is balanced for y'know, normal electric strings :rolleyes:, but it is still a risk.)
     
  13. hotmod

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    Seymour Duncan ssl-2 or aps-2 are nice and relatively cheap pickups for the job.
     
  14. buddastrat

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    Yes, that's what I do and it does work easily on the Fender pickups. Last month I moved the G and D down and went a little too much on the G pole. I was surprised to find out I could, from the bottom, Just push back up to where I wanted. I didn't think it'd come out through the bottom. Very simple and they work fine. Adjustable poles!!

    G string poles, big muffs, licks, nut sauce.. we're a bunch of dirty mother#$%$$!
     
  15. Pickaxe

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    Watch it with the pushing - not for coil breaking but for pole pieces that won't stay put. I had a set of strat pickups with pole pieces that would push down flush if I bumped them with my pick while playing. They never failed but it was an annoyance to have them so moveable.
     
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    These would be my suggestion. I love the way Seymour voices his pickups.

    The SSL-2 would be alnico 5 and more treble and bass than the APS-2.

    The APS-2 would be the same pickup but with alnico 2 pole pieces and bright but smoother treble than the SSL-2 and plenty of bass but not as big in the bass - and more midrange.
     
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  17. buddastrat

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    Man, it'd take a lot of effort to get these to move. I couldn't see a pick doing that. I used the butt end of a screwdriver and tapped them down. It took a bit of force. Maybe if someone kept moving them, they'd loosen up. Is that what happened?
     
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    Duncan APS2s are really nice, very "vintage" sounding Strat pickups. Sweet cleans, smooth leads, great quack.
     

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