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Need Strat neck pickup suggestion

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by sleazy pot pie, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    I have never owned a stratocaster. So I dont know enough about strat pickups to even ask any questions about them.
    I am putting together a telemaster and just realized the pickguard I bought is cut for a strat neck pickup.

    What is a good strat neck pickup to match with an A5 raised pole piece hotter tele bridge pickup?

    I would like to keep it in the $50 or less range.
    Used is fine
     
  2. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Holic

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    What brand is the bridge p'up?
    Dcr reading? Do you want hum cancellation when combined?
    I know, lotta questions; kinda matters, tho.
     
  3. garrett

    garrett Tele-Afflicted

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    Bootstrap Sun City Select will do the trick. Gutsy output without losing classic Stratiness.
     
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  4. dlaroe

    dlaroe Tele-Meister

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    With Strat pickups the world is your oyster, so many flavors. What are you looking for?

    Based solely on how great his Robusta in my Strat sounds I just spent exactly $50 shipped on a Rose "Morticia" S-90, no idea how long Ken's backlog is though. I'm planning on matching it with an old SD Quarter Pound Tele bridge and if that doesn't work a tapped Cavalier. Speaking of, his Strat pickups exactly $19 over your budget shipped, for a new, hand wired pickup with several levels of heat.
     
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  5. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    The choices are endless! Strat pickups have a particularily simple design, so EVERY pickup maker has a take on the strat pickup.

    I'd suggest a plain old vintage style strat pickup, i.e. alnico 5, made with 42AWG, measuring about 6k (5.5k on the low end, 6.5k on the high end). Staggered polepieces are vintage correct, but aren't necessary.
     
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    Javier668 Tele-Meister

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    SD SSL1 or quarter pound if you like more output.
     
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    mkdaws32 Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    You are wanting to put a strat pickup in the neck of a Tele, correct? Do you want it to sound like a strat, or still to sound a bit Tele-ish. If you want a strat neck sound, I would second what the others are saying - something in a vintage strat range.

    If you want it to still have some Tele neck warmth, try something a bit hotter and darker, like maybe a Dimarzio FS-1 or a Tex-Mex strat bridge pickup (the bridge pickup is hotter than the neck or middle pickups of the Tex Mex set).

    Ryan at Bootstrap pickups or Chris at Vineham have both wound me custom strat pickups that nail the tones I described to them at more than reasonable prices. Bootstrap is in Ohio, USA and Vineham is in Newfoundland, Canada.
     
  8. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Thanks guys
    To answer some questions that have been asked:
    Pickup is a searingly well made Japanese tele bridge with raised pole pieces.
    DCR of pickup is 7.86
    Not sure of the polarity
    I am looking for a strat sounding pickup rather than tele
    BUT having zero strat experience, I am unsure of what that is.
    What I mean to say is: Do most strat players use the neck position primarily?
    Can you point me to good examples of songs using strat neck pickups hot vs vintage?
    I have spent so much time learning about the tele that I have neglected the strat.

    what position did buddy holly use primarily?
    How about Buddy Guy
    Stevie? Jimi?
    I honestly am not familiar.
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    Here is my project with a white guard and tele neck pickup
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    Here is a closer shot of the pickup as well as the parchment guard with strat cut out. Tele neck pickup there still because I just didn’t take it out.
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    The full Monty
     
  9. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

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  10. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Clarence has an early '50s Strat p'up in the neck. Always sounds good.
     
  11. koolimy

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    I would contact Bootstrap pickups to see if he can wind you a custom pickup. It seems that you won't pay more than $50 for a custom neck pickup.
     
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  12. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Nice!
    Thanks for all of the replies everybody.

    I have decided to not use the pickguard with the strat neck pickup cut out because it doesn’t fit the Rosser body.

    But I am now more interested in getting a strat than ever before.
     
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