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

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  1. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

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    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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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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  3. Paperback Rocker

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    I agree with that recommendation
     
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    Seymour Duncan JB Jr in parallel mode. Flick of a switch and you have humbucker tones, what's not to like?
     
  5. Tone Guru

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    Add the base plate to your existing pickup first to observe if it provides the expected result.
     
  6. rolandson

    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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

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    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).

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    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. :)
     
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  8. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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

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    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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    SD twangbanger is basically a strat bridge pickup with a plate... its a killer sound too
     
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    Fralin SP43. It's essentially a P90 in a strat single coil form factor.
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth breathin' knuckle dragger Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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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    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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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    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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    Oh yeah! I need to explore that one for sure. Thank you.
     
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    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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    That thing is gorgeous!!
     
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    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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    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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