Strat players: recommend some pickups

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  1. scotty31

    scotty31 Member

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    got a new strat today.
    Plan is to drop my Kinman Woodstock’s into it.

    For my number 1, this means it’s new pickup time.

    I haven’t bought strat pickups for a while

    I’ll have the Woodstock’s, original lace’s in my 89 strat and Texas specials in an SRV

    What to put in an alder body, one piece maple neck strat to compliment?
     
  2. Average Joe

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    Imho Fat 50s (they really aren't) or SLL-1s are the perfect default strat pickups.
     
  3. Mike J.

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    What’s the sound you have in mind for that guitar?
     
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    Thinking big low end but still balanced across the mids and highs.

    Equally adept at bell like cleans as it is mild overdrive

    Something mike mccready like
     
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    I have Fat 50's neck and middle and Dimarzio fs-1 in the bridge. It sounds typical Strat but is pretty all-round too. The FS-1 has nice chime and bite without the sharpness and brittleness of a standard bridge pickup.
     
  6. fitz

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    What kind of Strat is your number one? My go-to Strat pickups are the Fender 57/62 set which are great without breaking the bank. I used them in quite a few Strats and they might meet your requirements.
     
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    98 California strat.
    I have cut my teeth on it since that year too.

    The Woodstock’s are in it and as much as I like them, I’ve been wanting a more traditional strat tone for the California

    So the Woodstock’s will go to the new strat, the new strats pickups will go in an unloaded MIJ strat.

    And a new hunt begins :)
    I’ve always fancied a set of lollar blackfaces
     
  8. Paul Conway

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    Suhr V60LP's with the hot bridge.
     
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    JWP SRs. They sound like the nicest early 50's Fender you'll ever hear, at the lowest, as you raise the pickups, they change sonic character. I was not a stratboi until I got these.
     
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    Those just work on an Alder body. I'd do 3 neck wind pickups though.
     
  11. Tootone

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    Another set of Texas Specials!!
     
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    So many great choices, you can easily get into ‘analysis paralysis’ mode and all of our recommendations will just add to it.

    I have a set of Lollar Blondes, David Allen VooDoo ‘69s, SD Red Devils, Fender Vintage Hot Noiseless ...
    Each works well, in the guitars that they are in.
    It would be difficult to say which is best, though.
     
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    OPtions: I'd possibly put regular wind V60Lp's in B and M, and maybe a regular V60 in the neck.
     
  14. Stratburst70

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    If you’re thinking traditional Strat tone, Seymour Duncan SSL-1’s or 2’s are a great bang-for-buck choice. They’re easily available, relatively inexpensive and nail the classic sound.

    If you don’t mind spending more, the Fender Custom Shop 54’s, Klein Epic Series 59, Manlius Vintage 62, and the Mojotone 59 Clone sets get a fair amount of love.
     
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    I keep coming back to the Fralin Vintage Hots. They seem to excel at everything. I like loud and chimey, which just a tad of cranked amp overdrive.
     
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    One of my strats has a SD JB Junior in the neck [fatter, more gain, compression, sustain], stock in the middle, and a SD Hot Rail in the bridge. This provides great versatility. The middle-bridge position has a tight Knopfler-funk sound that I really like.
     
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    I agree with ant_riv's first line so much! One can drive themself crazy with all the (good) options available today!

    The Blackface's would be a great choice! Any of well known/usual suspects can get you there - Lollar, Fralin, Suhr etc. Especially since you are in Australia, I'm sure logistically getting some of these from the US can be expensive so going with a well known winder will cut your chance of being disappointed.

    From experience, I can't recommend Suhr V63's (formerly ML Classics) or the JWP/WCR SR's enough. The SR's can be custom ordered. A lot of people think they are discontinued. I have Ron Ellis' 50/60's set also. They are great but the two I mentioned are right up there with them.

    I don't need another set of Strat pickups or have anything to put them in but I'm also really curious about the Throbak 63's - just because I'm a Strat nut. Being how a lot of people love their HB's I'm sure these were done right. They are on the expensive side at $425 but I've seen new one's on sale on Reverb for $356 from time to time.
     
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    I also agree with the suggestion of the Klein Epic Series 59. I find them to be an excellent compliment to my alder body Strat build.
     
  20. Husky

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    For mine right now it's the V63 all the same output
     
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