Recommendations for drop-in replacement humbuckers with 3 mounting screws

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  1. spikypaddy

    spikypaddy Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm looking for a replacement chrome or nickel covered humbucker for the bridge position on my HSS Mexican Standard Strat, but one that utilises the same 3 screw mounting pattern as the standard fit pickup - I don't really want to replace the guard or drill an extra hole. Does this mean I'm limited just to Fender branded buckers?

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    Mustrat Strat-Talker

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    Pretty much does limit you. The odd aftermarket pickups with plates that accommodate extra holes often don't align with Fender stuff.

    On the other hand you could.tey the Fender Double Tap pickup, it's actually pretty good and splits well. If splitting isn't on your agenda the Shawbuckers are also good despite what the internet thought of them when released.
     
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    spikypaddy Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks, I suspected it might cause issues. The Double Tap was pretty much the only option I'd come up with, but it does seem to be a really nice sounding pickup. They're just a bit pricey and difficult to find the covered version over here in the UK.
     
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    I seem to remember that there are places that sell conversion plates so you can mount a two-screw pickup to three-screw pickguard (or vice versa). Not sure where though.
     
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    Nothing to add, but I love that colour.
     
  6. spikypaddy

    spikypaddy Senior Stratmaster

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    I've still got that SG Classic, y'know mate... But now I've got a Bigsby and Vibramate on the way for it, too...
     
  7. Hal Nico

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    I just drilled another hole and used a standard Humbucker. If you don't want to do this to your present PG you could buy a cheap one and do it to that.

    Aliexpress PG

    They can need sanding to fit as I've fitted one to my Wesley Strat and you can also them off eBay,


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    and I've sent for a cheap Humbucker to replace the one in the Guitar above as all the ones I have are too powerful,

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FLEOR-Wh...877047?hash=item421870a537:g:owkAAOSwEdBevRYc
     
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    you’ll regret selling it. Good thing you’re keeping that!
     
  9. spikypaddy

    spikypaddy Senior Stratmaster

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    I sold my Music Man over a year ago and then sold my Tele last week. At the moment, I'm down to 2x Strats, an Encore Strat copy and the SG. I already regret selling the Tele, but it's supposed to be making way for a silver sparkle Brad Paisley signature model...
     
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    Maybe you could get a replacement pickguard, put the original aside and drill out the new one as needed.
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    That's what I'd do.
    Preserve the original for eventual sale.
     
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    Just make something similar and drill the holes where they need to be. Could be made of plastic so the holes would self tap if need be.
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Except if the pickup's "feet" are too wide and interfere with the new holes.

    These are both scaled as close as I could get them... the Fender holes look like they would hit the Duncan feet.

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    Any of the Duncan Trembucker sized pickups will work. They start with TB-# instead of SH-#.
     
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    Looks like a little trimming would be required.
    Unfortunately I don’t see a really clean solution for this besides sticking to a Fender pickup or a specifically made for Fender pickup which definitely limits the choice.
    Good luck and let me know what you do as I have two hss Strats that could be in the same predicament if I ever change out the bridge pickup.
     
  17. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Just about any $9 pickguard will come drilled for Humbucker with 2 screws

    It's such a cheap solution, kids do that rather than drill a single hole in the OEM one

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  18. spikypaddy

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    That's an interesting idea!

    I don't think I'll be selling this one, to be honest. Replacement tuners, trem mounting points plugged and redrilled to fit my preferred Wilkinson trem... The resale vale's already ruined, so I'm keeping this baby!

    I think I'd pretty much already decided on a Fender Double Tap, after watching Trogly's review of the Uptown Strat, but just thought I'd check out alternatives, too.

    I've had pretty poor experiences with aftermarket guards. I've tried several cheap and not so cheap tortoiseshell options on my Mexican Deluxe, and none of them fits - the best have the screw holes in the wrong location, the worst aren't even the right shape. Genuine Fender ones fit every time, though.
     
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    Ooft those Paisleys are super sweet. That’s a good road to take