Fender Classic Series Lacquer 50's Stratocaster Pickups..

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  1. JackL

    JackL Tele-Meister

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    Just wondering what are the pickups in my Classic Series 50's Stratocaster Lacquer ?

    Readings I get Neck=5.69, Middle=5.5 , bridge=5.48.

    Usually I see the bridge pickup a little hotter.

    What would be a good replacement set to be close to a Original 50's Strat?

    Thanks,
    JackL
     
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    Fender 57/62. Good pickups in general, but that was the only bridge pickup I couldn't get to work for me. I like low output, but that thing was way too low.

    I'd look at the Fat 50s or the new CS54 pickups.
     
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    From the spec sheet, sounds like the same as the non-lacquer 50s Strats. They don't refer to them as US or Custom Shop pickups. Vintage Strats had the same resistance in all positions. They're a little weak, but so were 54s.

    http://guitarhq.com/pickups.html
     
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    Strange, I thought all of the MIM lacquer guitars had US pickups.
     
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    I'm thinking CS 54's. I already bought the 54 Accessory kit.(replaced knobs, pickup covers, switch tip, tremolo arm tip.) I didn't care for the aged parts with a white pick guard.
     
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    Those little plastic bobbin pickups that come in those guitars are surprisingly good when set right. I found one in a lacquer 60’s model I bought reading in the upper 4K ohms.
    Anyway, 57/62’s, Duncan SSL-1’s, both great. The Bootstrap 54 Pro really amazed me, especially for the money.
     
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    I contacted Fender and they said "This model comes with 3 Vintage style Single-Coil Strat Pickups with staggered, Alnico Magnet Pole Pieces and Aged Covers". When asked about a good replacement for an Original 50's sound they recommended the CS 54 Pickups.

    JackL
     
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    Thanks for mentioning the Bootstrap 54 Pro Pickups. The price on these is a lot cheaper that the CS54's.
    JackL
     
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    They sound GREAT!
     
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    That is actually pretty close to what a '50s Strat would have had. In those days they just wound bobbins until they were full and threw them in a box, to be pulled out at random for assembly- no one realized that putting a hotter bridge pickup was a good idea until a couple decades later. The middle pickups weren't reverse wound, and the switch was a 3-way, too.
     
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    Those are pretty close, the small difference in DCR is said to be negligible.

    I run mine low (bridge being highest) and they'e quite Stratty in every way.
     
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