Strat experts....To stagger, or not to stagger....

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by frankiestarr, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. frankiestarr

    frankiestarr Member

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    That is the question:D

    I'm getting some new PU's made for my strat....It has a flatter radius...It's a 60's player strat. I always miss the b-string presence on a heavy stagger.....What's your experiences?? Is the stagger part of the stratty sound?
     
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    frankiestarr Member

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  3. mc5nrg

    mc5nrg Supporting Member

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    The original stagger is a result of designing the pickups for more even response with strings with a wound third, which were the standard back in the 50s. Some claim the fingerboard radius is a reason as well. At this point the strong response of a plain g with vintage stagger pickups is pretty characteristic of a strat. In the unlikely event you use a wound third you want a vintage stagger. If you are a more typical player with more common string choices, flat polepieces or a stagger modified for popular string gauges should be fine.
     
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    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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  5. Kelly

    Kelly Member

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    I use Fralins with a modern stagger.
     
  6. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    i vote modern stagger (tallest at the D string) too.
     

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