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EVH Frankenstein Pickup in a Strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by stevel, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. stevel

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    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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    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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    The f spacing is for floyd rose trem systems, so unless you have one you're good to go.
     
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  5. stevel

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    +1 my gibson spaced SD distortion on my Strat is off a bit
     
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    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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    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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    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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    Here is an overhead of my highway one
     

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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.
     
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    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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    It's called vintage spacing. My MIM also has it.
     
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    the pre-upgrades like his have vintage 2 7/32" spacing, but the upgraded ones have modern spacing.
     
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    are you sure about that?
     
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    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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