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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by chicago slim, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. chicago slim

    chicago slim Strat-Talker

    449
    Aug 23, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    When did MIM Standards go to staggered poles? Are they all alnico pickups?
     

  2. IronSchef

    IronSchef Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    55
    May 17, 2012
    Flew Here On My Dragonfly
    MIM Standards have used Ceramic pickups for quite some time now
     
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  3. 93-Strat

    93-Strat Strat-Talker

    Age:
    25
    405
    Aug 29, 2016
    Jeffersonville, OH
    Standard MIMs were ceramic for single coils and alnico for humbuckers, the new player series is all alnico.
     
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  4. chicago slim

    chicago slim Strat-Talker

    449
    Aug 23, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    I've got a 2018 FSR Standard, with staggered pole pieces. I adjusted it to sound as close to the Texas Specials, in my American Special. My favorite sounding Strat. I've got it sounding very close. I even pulled the pickguard and re-wired it to match the Special, with the second tone control on the bridge pickup. I never thought to look at the pickups.

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  5. IronSchef

    IronSchef Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    55
    May 17, 2012
    Flew Here On My Dragonfly
    Beautiful guitar!! -- yes, that should have ceramic pickups. Really GOOD ceramic pickups, I might add :)
     
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  6. chicago slim

    chicago slim Strat-Talker

    449
    Aug 23, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    Thanks!

    This Standard sounds closer to my American Special, than my Strat's with Fender alnico V, 57/62's or Tone Rider alnico III's. All have been wired, the same way.
     

  7. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 3, 2009
    Mobile Bay
    Seymour Duncan talks about WHY staggered poles. This is explained as addressing the straight pickup housing vs. strings being mounted in an arc. The thicker strings generate more power as a result of their construction. Adjusted, or staggered poles can be a good thing!
     
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  8. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    Personally, if I am using a modern radius, and a plain 3rd string, I go for flat poles whenever there is a choice. If there isn't a choice in that particular pickup (say Five Twos or Antiquity II), I deal with staggered.
     
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  9. fenderkev

    fenderkev Most Honored Senior Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Back In Blighty
    That's a great looking guitar.
     
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  10. shovelmike

    shovelmike Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2013
    Missouri
    A very nice guitar.
     
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