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stratocaster what are your favorite pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by drugo, Jun 23, 2018.

what are your favorite pickups?

  1. Custom Shop Fat '50s Stratocaster

    8 vote(s)
  2. Fender Original ’57/’62 Strat

    12 vote(s)
  3. Pure Vintage '65 Strat

    7 vote(s)
  4. Pure Vintage '59 Strat

    8 vote(s)
  5. Custom Shop Fat '60s Stratocaster

    1 vote(s)
  6. Fender Texas Special™ Strat

    12 vote(s)
  7. Fender Tex-Mex™

    6 vote(s)
  8. Josefina Hand Wound Fat '50s Stratocaster

    3 vote(s)
  9. V-Mod Stratocaster® Pickup

    1 vote(s)
  10. Custom Shop Custom '69 Strat

    6 vote(s)
  1. drugo

    drugo Strat-Talker

    May 16, 2018
    could you share with me your favorite pickups?

    i could not add all the fender in possbile reponse ,some missed in the list , so please if the are not include could you specify ?

  2. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Why have you not included one of the most popular Strat pickups ever, made consistently since the 1980s - which is more than can be said for any Fender pickups - the Seymour Duncan SSL-1. An excellent pickup.
  3. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Also, my equal first choice would be the original version of the AVRI pickups, the ones used in the AVRIs from 1982 till 1998. Must nicer (fatter & warmer) than the later 57/62s, IMHO. Why aren't they an option?

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  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    1995 Made in Japan stock ceramics.
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  5. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Also, the plastic bobbin alnicos used in the American Standards for decades until they were replaced with Fat 50s (2012?) were quite popular too.

    Perhaps you should start again with a more complete list?
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  6. drugo

    drugo Strat-Talker

    May 16, 2018
    i would like to add them but i could not do anymore , and in the poll there are only 10 possible responses
    might you create a new complete poll ?
    I thought it's a good idead have a poll about the favorite pickups
    by the way nice chart , sadly it's too small i can barely read it
    thanks stratman323
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2018
  7. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    Ahhh...I'm sorry, I don't have any experience with any in your list.
    I like the ones in my 64, followed quite closely by Fralin's and Van Zandt's in a couple other guitars I have...these two being quite similar to the 64.

    I did have a set of Seymour's in a hardtail back in the late 80s-early 90s that were wonderful...but I sold them along with the guitar and I don't remember what specifically they eere
  8. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 3, 2016
    Elk Plain, Wa.
    A lot depends on what amp I'm gonna play thru...
    But I sure do like the EJ pups thru a nice deluxe reverb
  9. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    Pawnee, Indiana
    I’ve only played the Tex mex on that list. Favorites are the neck and mid in the classic series 50s strats.

    Bridge pickup ideally would be something warmer.
  10. Elvie

    Elvie Strat-O-Master

    Jan 26, 2014
    None of the above.

    I play Strats with 12" radius boards so I have no use for anything with "vintage staggered" poles.

    I use Bare Knuckle Apaches ordered with flat poles and metal base plates.
  11. Dumpster Chicken

    Dumpster Chicken Strat-Talker

    Nov 21, 2016
    I voted for Texas specials, because that's the only Fender set I have. I have strat and tele pickups by Dimarzio, Lollar, Fralin, Seymour Duncan, and Fat Pups. Have fun trying them all, and there's not one that I don't like. Including the Texas specials.
  12. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 26, 2014
    Los Angeles
    You should change the title of this thread to, “What is your favorite Fender pickup?” Instead of just listing every pickup for sale on Fender’s website, you could have at least done a little bit of research.
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  13. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    my favs are my 1987 lace sensors.
  14. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    There isn't any one fave. What sounds good in the guitar? What sounds good for what you play?
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  15. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    My favorites are either Classic Stacks, Five-Twos, or Antiquity II Surfers.
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  16. Golem

    Golem Strat-Talker

    Aug 19, 2011
    Kinman Woodstock plus.
  17. Rich b in tempe

    Rich b in tempe Strat-Talker

    Jul 3, 2016
    Tempe az
    The friggin “LIST” didn’t even MENTION,for a choice, the 54’ pure vintage-limited edition- only “1954 sets made”, these should be top of the list, being that their supposedly the closest thing made with Alnico 3’s??to the first year 1954 Fender Stratocaster!!
  18. Jason99

    Jason99 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 26, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Unfortunately, you guys were left off the list instead of at the top of it.
  19. SachaPlusDeluxe

    SachaPlusDeluxe Strat-O-Master

    Neither of my favorite Fender pickups are available over the counter :(

    My favorites are the 1955 hand wound Alnico 3s relic set in my Limited Edition Custom Shop strat then closely followed (very closely :)) by the "Vintage" single coils in Classic 50s MIMs ;)
  20. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    I second the Five-Twos.

    That's 2 for them, 1 for Texas Specials but they were mentioned one more time and the rest is all over the place - as it should be.

    For the purposes of a poll though, these two are at the top of the list with the 5-2s in the lead.
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