strat pickups to add low end etc

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Paul Conway, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Paul Conway

    Paul Conway Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Devon, UK
    My strat is light alder and lacks a little in the low-end department accordingly. Can anyone suggest pickups to address this?
  2. darkbluemurder

    darkbluemurder Member

    May 6, 2005
    Maybe a Tom Anderson or Rio Grande? I have tried the Tom Andersons - not sure exactly which model it was but they were true single coils which could be tapped for a lighter brighter tone (which I did not use). They are fatter than a classical strat pickup. I have not personally tried the Rios but I read in a test in a German magazine that they were the darkest of the lot tested (the other were vintage style pickups).
    Also, if you can get them (they are no longer made as far as I know), WCR's single coils are fat sounding. I have a neck and a middle pickup. The reason I changed them for the Andersons in a particular guitar was the difference between the clean and overdriven tones. When I added overdrive to the WCRs they became a lot fuller sounding. The difference was so much in that particular guitar that it made it almost impossible to get balanced clean and OD tones - I had either a good OD and a weak clean tone or a good clean and a muddy OD tone. It may have been the guitar though. I have another guitar built right now in which I plan to use the WCRs and I hope they will work in a more balanced way there. It would be a pity if not because the OD tone is so woody with them.
  3. DonaldDemon

    DonaldDemon Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Fear and Loathing, NJ
    I use WCR's SR set in my Strat and they solved the problem of the thin stock pickups. The neck and middle pups sound amazing, very warm and full. The bridge can be a bit thin but I think that is just the bridge position on Strats in general. I wonder why he stopped making them?
  4. buddastrat

    buddastrat Member

    Mar 20, 2005
    I'd like to find some nice stratty sounding singles with rich low end. It always seem the hotter ones are louder but just get more middy or honky. What magnet or wire would you want for a deeper sounding single?
  5. 9fingers

    9fingers Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Hills of WV
    Lace Hot Golds have some extra bottom and are pretty quiet to boot.
  6. angus99

    angus99 Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    SE Tennessee
    I have an alder Strat with maple neck & just put a set of Seymour Duncan Antiquity Surfers in the neck & middle and an Ant. Texas Hot Custom in the bridge. I bought 'em from Lewguitar on the SD forum after reading rave reviews about this set. They're fantastic. Great Strat tones with a lotta balls in the bridge for classic rock.


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