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What are the pickups in my Japanese fender strat?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by Thisisme, Aug 16, 2019.

What are these pickups. And what is the mod?

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  1. Thisisme

    Thisisme Strat-Talk Member

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    207EB473-A41E-4031-958E-33CA8A8B1116.jpeg 7CABEB59-A7F5-451B-B780-BC2B2CF18407.jpeg 405D59D4-DD2D-45E5-BEBB-F185FF46A11E.jpeg 320E1937-BF32-4F9D-BDF8-A17AB6F1468C.jpeg 9DCEB61D-7FDF-4132-B64E-371FD0E36C09.jpeg Hello. I was wondering if anyone knew what these pickups are. I purchased the guitar second hand and no other strat sounds this amazing. The serial number has worn off so I can’t identify the guitar or it’s year. The trussrod is on the bottom end of the strat which requires you to take the neck off for you to adjust it. So to my research it is probably an early 90s fender Japanese strat.

    I want to set my other guitar up like this one. Becuase if something ever happens to this guitar I will be heart broken.





    Also there’s a little switch that allows me to get a very different tone on each of the 3 pick ups could you tell me what that is please? Here’s the pictures of the wiring

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    If it helps identifying it the top of the pickup is a slightly yellow cream colour while the rest of the cover is just plain white
     

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  2. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

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    looks like the neck and bridge are ceramic magnet and the middle is alnico so they might be a mixed bag not necc. stock....
     
  3. Thrup'ny Bit

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    The body, bridge and pickups don't look early 90s MIJ to me. The pots and switch may be. Looks like a Bitsacaster special.
     
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    Bitsacaster special? Any chance you could be a bit more specific? Sorry I sound rude. I just don’t know how to ask that question without sounding anal haha
     
  5. Yves

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    It's been modified for sure. So the SN wouldn't help.
    The pots and switch are an upgrade from what it'd come with stock.
    Great to read you say it sounds amazing. The guy who did the mods knew what he was doing then. Congrats!
     
  6. Guitarmageddon

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    That bridge and neck pickup to me ARE Fender Japan ceramics - he probably has a modded ST-357 or ST-362 Standard....the model designation changed to 'ST-40' in the early 90s, and they went to an HSS routed body, narrow 2 1/16" modern bridge with solid block style saddles....looks original to me

    Your middle pickup is alnico, it's not stock....the wiring is modified, not stock.....

    @Thisisme

    Those are stock Fender Japan Alpha250k pots @Yves but it's been rewired....
     
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    Guitarmageddon Squier Freak Strat-Talk Supporter

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    does the middle pickup even work @Thisisme ? It could be the stock Fender Japan ceramic magnet pickup, but the magnet has come off....if it's ceramic with no magnet, it will not output sound......check it and get back to me/us?

    It's the correct red/white wire for Fender Japan 90s middle ceramic RWRP pickup....
     
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    Yea the middle pick up works
     
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    Ok then it's a replacement alnico, not made by Fender - not sure by who

    Your bridge and neck pickups are the stock Fender Japan ceramic pickups that originally came in your guitar from the factory.....and the wiring has been messed with / redone.
     
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    I thought I’d repost the thread now that I have taken the plate off and everyone can see the pictures of its organs
     
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    So that could be a number of pick up types? As I can’t find out the year my guitar was made it makes things a little tricky. A guy is selling some 86,87 mij strat pick ups on eBay for £50 that look very similar to the neck and bridge as mine. Maybe it’s worth a chance getting them
     
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    I know what year your guitar was made.....I had no idea you didn't know, sorry! your smudged serial looks like a K or M originally, so it's from 1990 to 1993 ish....maybe 1994 at latest.....

    The pickups in yours - the stock ones - ceramic - were not that great.....and I would not pay more than like $40-50 for a set.....but if you want to bring it back to stock you can....or you can upgrade to something better.....

    Got a link to these MIJ pickups on ebay?
     
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    But yea to me there’s nothing better and iv played on a hell a lot of strats. Part of what I like is what my little toggle switch does. It could be a phase switch a seven way switch I’m not shure but it gives you 10 different sounds because you can use it on setting on the 5 way switch
     
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