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MIJ Strat pickups identification

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by max3000, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 22, 2015
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    Hey,

    I have an ST43 on its way from Japan. The seller took a pic of the pups under the guard.
    They don't seem like ceramic Gotoh pups. Anyone has any idea what they are?

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  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well they're not ceramic. Beyond that they could be anything, as there don''t seem to be any identifying marks. Are they flat or staggered poles?
     

  3. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 22, 2015
    Israel
    Hard to tell from the pics but it looks like they're flat

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  4. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    What exactly is an ST43?

    The pickups look similar to those that Tokai used on the Silver Stars.
     

  5. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 22, 2015
    Israel
    Exactly what I was thinking!
     

  6. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You still haven't told me what an ST43 is!
     

  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's a Japanese Standard model, probably the cheapest one they made. Early 90s.

    Edit: On reflection, I think the ST360 may have been the cheapest Fender model ever.
     

  8. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 22, 2015
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    Nope, they also made the ST33 :D
     

  9. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hmmm. Well if it's from Japan, I guess a set of Silver Star pickups would have been quite a cheap & easy upgrade for the original ceramics. There aren't that many grey bottomed alnico pickups around, especially with plastic coated wires.
     

  10. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah they look like copies of the 70s flat pole Fender pickup, there must be a lot of those around especially in Japan.
     

  11. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 22, 2015
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    I really wonder how it'll sound. From what I've heard the Silver Stars sound really nice.
     

  12. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wasn't the ST33 a Squier?
     

  13. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 22, 2015
    Israel
    Nope, I definitely saw Fender ST33s. Maybe they were designated as Squire in some regions.
     

  14. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If the electrics work, it's mainly down to you and your amp how it will sound.
     

  15. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    With an AxeFx 2 I can make any turd sound pretty good honestly haha
     

  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It wouldn't surprise me at all. Things used to make sense, these days, not so much. We usually only see the more common MIJs here


    More or less what my guitar tech said to me when I asked if I should change my pickups back in 1982. He still does the work I don't want to do. :)
     

  17. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Much the same as the other Tokai alnico pickups, in my experience. A bit on the bright side, but probably still an improvement on the original ceramics.
     

  18. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 22, 2015
    Israel
    Honestly after having the realization I can make almost anything sound great, I only care about playability. I like the Standard MIJ strats more than the RIs now because they have skinnier necks and bigger frets.
     

  19. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'll stick to my ST54 with it's huge chunky neck, skinny little frets and original ceramic pickups, ta, it's never let me down in the last 21 years. :)
     

  20. max3000

    max3000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Mar 22, 2015
    Israel
    Ha, I juuust sold my 50th anniversary ST54. I loved it; amazing guitar but my hands were getting tired :D