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  1. chicago slim

    chicago slim Strat-O-Master

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    When did MIM Standards go to staggered poles? Are they all alnico pickups?
     
  2. IronSchef

    IronSchef Senior Stratmaster

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    MIM Standards have used Ceramic pickups for quite some time now
     
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    93-Strat Strat-O-Master

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    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-O-Master

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    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

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    Beautiful guitar!! -- yes, that should have ceramic pickups. Really GOOD ceramic pickups, I might add :)
     
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    chicago slim Strat-O-Master

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    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

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    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

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    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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    fenderkev Most Honored Senior Member

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    That's a great looking guitar.
     
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    shovelmike Senior Stratmaster

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    A very nice guitar.
     
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