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If I wanted to get that "1967-69" Strat tone what options are out there besides the Fender CS '69 set? I like the Fenders but I'm curious to know what others are using.
You can get them wound any way you want.Vintage hots... are nothing like late 60's pickups. They are very popular though and in the right hands they sound great.
Hi, respectfully, off the shelf vintage hots are wound with 42ga heavy formvar wire. Fender only used this wire until sometime around 1964. They are based on pre-CBS pickups. Most late 60's strat pickups are not wound that hot and use a different wire.You can get them wound any way you want.
You want them weak and plinky sounding?
Order them that way.
I did...although that's not my favorite wind.
Good call.When I have found it necessary to swap any pickups, in a Strat anyway, I've used the Duncan SSL1s, they're great. I bought a set which I think were called the "California" set or something similar. Really good. I've also tried Original Vintage from Fender in a Tele and they were superb, so if they do something similar for Strats, I'd try them. The Strats I'm using now are AVs, a 59 and a 65 and the pickups in those are excellent. If they are available as seperates they are well worth a try.
My memory may be failing me but I seem to remember a lot more big headstock Strats being played in the 70's than small ones.What's funny to me is that those CBS-era 60's/70's Strats were so poorly regarded that they sparked the whole Vintage Guitar market.
I thought that by the early 70's they were pretty much junk and started searching out 50's and early 60's Fenders to play.
Still don't think much of those CBS-era Fenders.
I think Jimi played them because he liked to be seen playing a shiny new guitar... (matched his image) ...not because he thought they sounded better than a '63 Strat.