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Old October 17th, 2011, 01:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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EVH Frankenstein Pickup in a Strat

Has anyone here put an EVH Frankenstein pickup in their Strat? I'm thinking of doing that to my MIM Standard. From what I can find, it appears that the EVH Frankenstein pickup is not available in an F-spaced model. So if you did this, what kind of results did you get? How well aligned are the strings over the pole pieces?

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Old October 17th, 2011, 06:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Isn't part of the EVH brown sound to have the Gibby spaced bucker tilted so it works? That's the EVH tone!
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Old October 17th, 2011, 07:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The f spacing is for floyd rose trem systems, so unless you have one you're good to go.
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The f spacing is for floyd rose trem systems, so unless you have one you're good to go.
Oh, so the "F" is for "Floyd"?!? I thought it was for "Fender". Well, I don't have a FR bridge so I guess I'm good! Thanks, man!
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The f spacing is for floyd rose trem systems, so unless you have one you're good to go.
that would be incorrect. try putting a regular spaced humbucker in a fender, which i have, and you'll know you need an f-spaced humbucker or trembucker in a strat, which i do.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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To clarify, F-spacing just means it's for a longer scale(25-1/2), like Fender or Ibanez. Most humbuckers are spaced for Gibson, 24-3/4 prox and the strings won't line up properly under the longer scales.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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To clarify, F-spacing just means it's for a longer scale(25-1/2), like Fender or Ibanez. Most humbuckers are spaced for Gibson, 24-3/4 prox and the strings won't line up properly under the longer scales.
also incorrect. f spacing means it's for the wider string spacing of a fender. it has nothing to do with scale length.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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hmm, conflicting information, gotta love it. So, if I put a non-F-spaced humbucker in a Fender Strat, how bad will alignment between pole pieces and strings be? The EVH Frankenstein is not available in F-spaced version, presumably because EVH didn't use an F-spaced pickup. But he mounted it on an angle to compensate, like the bridge pickup on single coil strats. I'm not about to screw the pickup into the body and I doubt I'll be able to find a pickguard that is cut for a slanted humbucker.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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that would be incorrect. try putting a regular spaced humbucker in a fender, which i have, and you'll know you need an f-spaced humbucker or trembucker in a strat, which i do.
+1 my gibson spaced SD distortion on my Strat is off a bit
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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hmm, conflicting information, gotta love it. So, if I put a non-F-spaced humbucker in a Fender Strat, how bad will alignment between pole pieces and strings be? The EVH Frankenstein is not available in F-spaced version, presumably because EVH didn't use an F-spaced pickup. But he mounted it on an angle to compensate, like the bridge pickup on single coil strats. I'm not about to screw the pickup into the body and I doubt I'll be able to find a pickguard that is cut for a slanted humbucker.
the alignment will be off a little, the worst on the outside strings and not as bad on the A and B and the middle 2 will be almost on. warmoth will cut a pickguard with a slanted humbucker if you have your heart set on the frankenstrat humbucker.
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+1 my gibson spaced SD distortion on my Strat is off a bit
if you get a chance, take an overhead pic of it for reference cause the only pics i have of my pinup strat are at an angle, so you can't correctly see the strings path over the humbucker.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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are you looking to duplicate the frankenstrat tone? It will be a little off with alder body.

Frankenstrat had an ash body.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Here is an overhead of my highway one
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Here is an overhead of my highway one
dayum! i don't remember mine being off that much, but that old highway one does have vintage spacing and mine had modern spacing.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:40 PM   #15 (permalink)
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dayum! i don't remember mine being off that much, but that old highway one does have vintage spacing and mine had modern spacing.
Haha yeah it's bad lol. Both my tuxedo Strat and Stella are vintage spaced and muffin is modern.
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yeah the spacing is way off. Do the Highways have a wider spacing than the mim strats?
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yeah the spacing is way off. Do the Highways have a wider spacing than the mim strats?
It's called vintage spacing. My MIM also has it.
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yeah the spacing is way off. Do the Highways have a wider spacing than the mim strats?
the pre-upgrades like his have vintage 2 7/32" spacing, but the upgraded ones have modern spacing.
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My MIM also has it.
are you sure about that?
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:45 PM   #20 (permalink)
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are you looking to duplicate the frankenstrat tone? It will be a little off with alder body.

Frankenstrat had an ash body.
Thanks, I don't really care about such nuances, I just want something that's going to sound close and the EVH pickup seems like a good choice.
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