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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by chicago slim, Sep 14, 2018.
When did MIM Standards go to staggered poles? Are they all alnico pickups?
MIM Standards have used Ceramic pickups for quite some time now
Standard MIMs were ceramic for single coils and alnico for humbuckers, the new player series is all alnico.
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.
Beautiful guitar!! -- yes, that should have ceramic pickups. Really GOOD ceramic pickups, I might add
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.
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!
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.
That's a great looking guitar.
A very nice guitar.