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Good, Inexpensive Strat-Sized Bridge Humbucker?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Radspin, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    As the thread title says--I'm looking for a good-sounding Strat-sized bridge humbucker. I want to replace the stock bridge pickup in an old MIC Squier Strat I bought. I'm not too picky on the fine nuances of sound quality other than that I'd like a thicker, fatter sound than the typical import Strat bridge pickup, and I want it to be hum-canceling.

    I see that GFS has a rail-type pickup but they say I might have to enlarge the pickup hole a bit, and I don't want to do that. I also see that they have stacked noise-canceling models but I'm thinking those aren't going to have the beefier sound I'm looking for. If I'm wrong, please advise.
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  2. SweetClyde99

    SweetClyde99 Tele-Holic

    Feb 1, 2016
    Jefferson City, MO
    I haven’t tried one in a strat, but the best SC-sized humbucker i found for my tele was a Dimarzio Tone Zone T. The strat version has some great reviews too, and I’m sure the tone is similar.

    They shouldn’t be too expensive used if the price tag is too high.
  3. IronSchef

    IronSchef Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    I had an SD Cool Rails on a Sq Standard Strat mid position - it fit perfectly w/o any modification to PG or SC route.

    SD makes a "Vintage Rails" SC-sized HB that might work well for you
  4. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    I had an Artec rail humbucker in mine. Fine sounding and inexpensive. They're four wire so splitty/series/parallel options abound too.
    Aside: I have an Artec rail in my Tele ( I need to update the avatar pic ) and in my lap steel.
  5. Golem

    Golem Tele-Holic

    Wilde pickups are pretty cheap new and could fit the bill. Used I've find good deal on dimarzio pickups that aren't in vogue like the fast track 1.
  6. +2 on Wilde! Call Becky an she will get you set up. Some of the best sound and quality at any price but happen to be affordable.
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  7. jimmytheshoe

    jimmytheshoe Tele-Meister

    Aug 1, 2017
    Seymour Duncan Little 59.
    Got them in two different strat pickguards, one middle/neck and the other has one in the neck.
    I'm sure it would sound fine in the bridge.
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  8. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    There are a lot of dual rail type Strat pickups on eBay, Artec as mentioned, also might check on the Donlis pickups that I've read a lot of good reviews about here on the TDPRI.

    And if you go used, Duncan, Dimarzio , Lawrence etc....
  9. acrylicsuperman

    acrylicsuperman Tele-Holic

    Nov 17, 2010
    You would have to find one used, but if you can find a duncan performer scorcher, i put one of those through it's paces for 10 years and found it to be a great cheap pickup. It also sounds good with 250k pots.
  10. Plumber

    Plumber Tele-Meister

    Jun 5, 2014
    I popped my early 90s JB jr in a strat again

    Love that pickup
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  11. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 4, 2017
    Irongear make very good p/ups. Their Jailhouse Rail fits the bill for you at £28 plus whatever postage to the States is.
  12. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Concur. I have one in the bridge of a Strat and it is very nice. I have used the Tele bridge version and was not pleased, but the Strat version is much nicer.
    Caveat in fairness to SD, I have only tried the one Tele L'il 59 and I bought it used, so it could have been a lemon. I bought the Strat version used too though, and it's great.

  13. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Tele Lil JB no slouch either. More rock however.
  14. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    Great suggestions everyone, and many I hadn't thought of. By the way, I have a Little '59 in my "good" Strat in the bridge position and love it. Just can't see spending around $85 to put it in a guitar that cost me $25!
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  15. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 4, 2014
    Arivaca AZ
    The GFS rails are probably Artec. They are OK. I have used Belcat ones too. You can get either Artec or Belcat rails on Ebay. FWIW they are a tight fit but the amount you would need to file is minute and can be done by hand in seconds. I put 3 in a Squier SE strat and had to remove less than a mm.
  16. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    Someone is selling an Artec rail on eBay for $19.66 with free shipping...sounds like it might be the pickup BryMelvin is describing. I sent an e-mail asking if it would fit directly into a Strat pickguard...and didn't get an answer yet (he answered another question I had within five minutes). I have a few extra pickguards lying around so no problem doing a little filing even though I'd rather not.
  17. Direwolf

    Direwolf Tele-Meister

    Nov 16, 2009
    The Wilde's are great. Affordable, too.
  18. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    I've been curious about the Wilde pickups. So now might be the time to satisfy my curiosity!
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