June 8th, 2012, 04:03 PM
I've got a bit of Strat fever right now, but I'm not ready to rush into buying one. I've been trying to figure out all this Strat stuff, but in the mean time, I might as well drop a Strat pup in my currently Esquired CV50. This guitar will be used primarily for slide in standard and open tunings. I'm looking for something with a little more output, is a good match for the stock bridge pup, but still sounds Straty.
I was thinking a Texas Special might work nicely, and I'd like to keep the cost around $50. I like Seymour Duncan pups a good bit, but I'm not opposed to something less expensive like Tonerider or GFS. Thanks!
June 9th, 2012, 02:53 AM
Just bear in mind that you might need to cut some wood to get it to fit, and you'll have to make the pickguard hole bigger.
June 9th, 2012, 03:16 AM
Try either one of Bill Lawrence's L280s or L200/202s, which are also offered in Tele size and have a perfectly clear Fender-style tone. They're also both noiseless.
June 9th, 2012, 09:03 AM
Thanks guys. My CV50 is routed for a HB, and may decide to go Stealth Esquire. I'll Check out Bill's pups. Any more suggestions?
June 9th, 2012, 09:23 AM
Just bear in mind that you might need to cut some wood to get it to fit, and you'll have to make the pickguard hole bigger.Rob Distefano says they fit w-out the cover. Also the consensus is "Twisted Teles" are Stratty. http://www.tdpri.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-322439.html
June 9th, 2012, 01:58 PM
Try the "Bourbon" by Rose Pickups. American Made. Strat-y tones. $40 + shipping. I love mine.
June 11th, 2012, 07:37 PM
I've listened to a lot of samples based on your suggestions, and even had a couple of vendors made some recommendations as well, which I really appreciate, and I want to thank everyone. There was some good stuff out there, but I made my decision on three things. 1) I went with my gut, 2) the pickup I chose, I had been happy with when played in stores in the past, and 3) a killer YouTube video. So which pup did I go with? I went with Fender's Texas Special Strat neck pup. I think I'll be happy with this one, but time will tell. Parts have been ordered, and will hopefully arrive by Friday. Thanks again, and here's the video I mentioned earlier.
June 12th, 2012, 08:23 AM
Rumpelstiltskin or Fralin "Blues Special" ...either one will give you what you want. Both guys will guide you toward the amount of winding.
June 12th, 2012, 08:55 AM
i'd recommend trying an alnico V strat pup in the 6k resistance range. with a good tele bridge pup and a strongish strat neck pup, you'll have the best of both worlds.
remove the strat cover so that it will fit the tele pickguard without a need for modification. if you feel better about it, wrap a layer of black electrical tape around the strat coil - but none is really needed.
choose the strat pup wisely - make sure the top polarity of the pup is reverse of the bridge pup. you can check pup polarity with a simple, cheap magnetic compass ...