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Compatibility Brian May Stratocaster

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  1. aumnix_1

    aumnix_1 Strat-Talk Member

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    What is a Brian May strat?


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    I think i get it.


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    Don’t expect a set of trisonics, either the Burns Versions, or a real set of Addison Trisonics to fit that pick guard. Burns or BMG does make a strat sized tri sonic I think, but there really isn’t anything like Adeson’s. They are expensive though, but sound way better than the Burns version, or the ones that come on BMG guitars, or the strat sized singles. If you go with the full sized trisonic you will have to route the pickup cavities. The strat sized pickups can be made to work, but are dependent on finding the sweet spot as far as pickup height. If you can, see if Kent Armstrong in the UK makes a drop in for strat. He made the pickups on the first run of Burns Brian May guitars, and they sound better than what comes in the BMG version these days. There is also the DiMarzio from the first Guild Brian May from 1984, and may fit, but I’m not sure. Here’s my Brian May. FC405FE0-06D7-44A2-9A70-02A5A31E9E18.jpeg
     
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    Exactly what I thought. :)
     
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    Im going to buying the mini Trisonics for my guitar. They’re Strat sized and are the ones similar to the BMG.
     
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    Stratocaster with pickup config like Brian mays guitar and has the 6 switches.
     
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    There is like a 33 minute video of Brian May describing his pickup configuration, and it’s quite complicated. He has his pickups humbucking in certain positions.
     
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    Turn the middle pickup and bridge pickups on, in phase, and they will be in series and sound like a humbucker. It’s the configuration May uses most of the time.
     
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    I’d prefer doing the work on a Strat style. The Harley Bentons I’ve heard are very bad and I’d rather spend the money on a real BMG replica.
     
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    If only it was that simple ;-;. Brian's RS has a reversed wound middle pickup.
     
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    You mean the strat sized middle pickup isn’t RWRP?
     
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    [UPDATE]
    So I found out GFS has Brighton Rocks that have a middle pickup wounded in reverse. This allows me to humbuck with no extra wiring.
     
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    no they are sadly normal. Dr.May reversed it himself when he made his guitar
     
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    I would give them a call. The pickups in my Brian May are made by a guy in England named Adeson Turner (I hope I got that right) and the middle is RWRP. Same deal with the Burns and BMG pickups. I can’t imagine that the strat sized ones would be different.
     
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    The Adeson ones are advertised as BMG and ofc the actual bmg will have it. The burns themselves aren't. They should sell an option. The work it would take is too much. Also, the Brighton rocks have a quick plug and are 1/2 the price. also easy enough to do myself.
     
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    I just did some looking, and the mini tri-Sonics are designed ny turner, and the middle is indeed RWRP. Sorry I can’t link. I think you will be ok. You could make it easy on yourself and order a 920 d loaded pickguard and just have to solder the ground and jack wires.
     
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    The 920D pickguard is super expensive and I am not a fan of the switches they use.
     
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    Hear ya
     
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