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What is a fat, full, rich sounding Strat BRIDGE pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by Zeekrider, Feb 14, 2019 at 12:08 AM.

  1. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

    Jul 14, 2016
    I'm interested in finding a single-coil Strat bridge pickup which is full, rich, fat sounding without being overly "warm" and overdriven sounding. Does such a thing exist?

    Whatever it is, I would probably add a Fralin metal base plate to the pickup, to round off the highs slightly.
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  2. fezz parka

    fezz parka Do you Reach? Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    Going to Eden...Hey Brother...
  3. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lewisville, TX
  4. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 13, 2012
    Seymour Duncan JB Jr in parallel mode. Flick of a switch and you have humbucker tones, what's not to like?
  5. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    Add the base plate to your existing pickup first to observe if it provides the expected result.
  6. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    A base plate...a piece of metal secured to the bottom of the bridge pickup and soldered into the circuit, has in some cases, been effective in cutting some of the brittleness out of the sound.

    It worked well for a Fralin pickup I have, and not-so-much on a Van Zandt...

    but it's cheap and easy to try. you can buy one for about $10, or make one for about $0.50. Google it and you'll find instructions all over the place.
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  7. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

    Jul 14, 2016
    There is a Gibson Classic '57+ humbucker in the bridge position of this particular guitar at present - which I really like!

    But I'm always trying out different combinations of pickups in my various Fenders - just for fun and to see what great tones I might be able to conjure up.

    This guitar happens to be a 2018 Fender Player Tele in Tidepool finish, with a 2013 Fender Blacktop rosewood neck. And I have a humbucker conversion ring which will hold a Strat pickup, so I thought I'd pop a Strat pickup into this Tele bridge position - just to hear how it sounds. The neck pickup is a Cavalier Lioness (which is a Lion King without the cover on it).


    I've never seen a Tele with a Strat Pickup in the bridge - probably because most players would prefer a Tele pickup at the bridge of a Tele. But I think that the right Strat pickup - WITH a metal base-plate - could sound great! We shall see.

    As for the Fat '50s - those ARE my favorite Strat pickups - I have them in one Strat and neck & middle in a Tele Deluxe Nashville. They sound awesome! I was just wondering if there might be another Strat Pickup for this Tele bridge experiment, that I might like even better. :)
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019 at 1:13 AM
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  8. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    I have Fat 50's in my Am Std and IMO I wouldn't call them "fat or full". They are fairly bright and clear to my ears.

    Fat 60's would be closer to a "full, rich, fat sounding" pup. JMO

    I haven't tried them yet but the new Fender Yosemite pups should be even fuller/richer.
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  9. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

    Jul 14, 2016
    I'm sure I would much prefer the Fat '50s for a regular Strat, vs the Fat '60s.

    BUT, that said, for bridge position only in this Tele... with a metal base plate added, I might just really like a Fat '60s in the bridge. Good suggestion!
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  10. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    SD twangbanger is basically a strat bridge pickup with a plate... its a killer sound too
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  11. errikwong

    errikwong Strat-Talker

    Mar 11, 2018
    Fralin SP43. It's essentially a P90 in a strat single coil form factor.
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  12. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013

    I've wondered about that...does it give a Tele quality?

    Next time I get a Strat, I'll likely go with a P90 in the bridge position.
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  13. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    maybe turn up the gain, mids, and bass a bit on the amp. i dont know, maybe ive been lucky, but ive been able to get pretty much whatever sound i wanted out of the stock pickups on my guitars.
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  14. Vic Interceptor

    Vic Interceptor Strat-Talker

    Dec 28, 2017
    damn near any of them if you move the tone knob from the middle pickup to the bridge pickup. And of course my #1 rule in Strat tone chasing - LOWER YOUR PICKUP!!!! Strats sound best usually, with the pickups almost flush with the pickguard (unless you have really high action).
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  15. Bladesg

    Bladesg Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 31, 2013
  16. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

    Jul 14, 2016
    Oh yeah! I need to explore that one for sure. Thank you.
  17. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

    Feb 10, 2018
    United Kingdom
    If you can find an Amalfitano SP pickup, or a full set, I am sure you wont be disappointed
    with the tone
    I've several sets in various guitars and they always put a smile on my face
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  18. Belexes

    Belexes Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 7, 2019
    That thing is gorgeous!!
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  19. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

    Jul 14, 2016
    Thanks, Belexes... when I saw the color of that body (Stratosphere), I decided I had to have in... not that I needed any more Teles. But it will make a great addition, especially with a very different twist on pickups than my other Teles have.
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  20. StoogeSurfer

    StoogeSurfer Strat-O-Master

    Jan 13, 2010
    Don't expect a transformation with an added baseplate. At least that's my experience. It will round out the range somewhat but you may not really notice the difference. This is my experience with an added baseplate to a variety of pickups. But it is easy enough to do. If you do, it's helpful to add a ground wire to the baseplate.
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