2/3 confused about Strat pickups

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  1. Dan German

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    So, if I’m putting pickups intended for a Strat into a 2 pickup not-Strat, which two strat pickups do I get? Neck and Bridge? Middle and Bridge? Neck and Middle?
     
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    DG, I think usually, they're all the same.

    Edit: Ummm, I just checked. Fralin sells them as specifically bridge, middle, or neck. Sooo, your guess is as good as mine. I suppose it depends on whether you like the B/M, B/N, or N/M combo sounds best.
     
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    If the middle is RWRP, then use bridge and neck. If they're all the same it doesn't matter.
     
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    You mean if it’s from a set of three where the middle is RWRP, get the bridge and neck from that set?
     
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    Bridge and middle are usually hum cancelling. Strat pickups are usually higher output from neck to bridge. This may be important because some neck pickups pull on the strings. Choose wisely.
     
  6. Dan German

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    Problem is, I don’t know which combo I like, ‘cuz I don’t do Strat. :D
     
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    If it were me I'd still do RWRP because that's what I do on my teles.

    So I'd find two Strat pickups that are RWRP. They're all the same in how they're made. It's not like a Tele with two crazy different ones. The number of winds or resistance could be different across a set of 3, same with the type of magnets used. There are quite a few variables that would change the tone here and there.

    But say you bought a set of 3 and decided to flip them around its not like the bridge pickup used at the neck would sound like a bridge pickup.

    So I'd look for a neck and middle to try to get RWRP. Or just specify that to a pickup winder like @Bootstrap
     
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    Close your eyes and pretend it's a Tele. :D
     
  9. Steve Holt

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    I think it'll be neck/bridge no matter what combo you choose. Think telecaster.
     
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    My fall-back position is to call Bootstrap and let him decide for me. :D
     
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    Ask them what colour the guitar should be too... :p
     
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    That just the same as using two standard winds and limits choice to middle pickups only.
     
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    Just did this on a 2 pickup guitar. Strat Middle is usually same as the neck but RW. Bridge is usually wound hotter for the reduced volume inherent at the bridge. So use the Middle and the Bridge and you still have the hotter Bridge along with hum-canceling Middle.
     
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    It would be a good idea to think of the entire design and build of pickups desired, with regards to both the tone/output of a pair of single coils, as well as their position/orientation. All of these qualities run a spectrum that you would probably want to be sure will meet your requirements for the kind of music you wish to create.
     
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    I don't think it's huge which you do, but I would go with Neck and Bridge. Some strat sets are the same in neck- middle. Actually some are the same all 3!
     
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    Excellent advice. I’m thinking in broad strokes at the moment. What it comes down to is whether I roll the dice and buy off the rack, or use my head and contact an actual trained professional. Of which you are one. :D
     
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    Depends on whether the "pickups designed for a Strat" were humbucking (or other 'noiseless' flavor) or single coil. There's literally so many options here..
     
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    That doesn't make any sense to me.
     
  19. beagle

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    Neither does using two RWRP pickups instead of two normal ones.

    RWRP is only used in the middle pickup to get hum cancelling when used with either of the normally wound neck or bridge pickups. The real choices in Strat sets are in the neck and bridge. pickup
     
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