For that round, sweet, fat vintage strat tone with plenty of bite- Now OVERWOUND to really drive an amp. We wound them WAY hotter than vintage, and the bridge pickup about 10% hotter than the rest of the set- it clocks in at 9K, to give you some meat in the bridge position. These brand new GFS "Hot Alnico Staggers" are custom designed to provide all the great vintage tone with enough punch and drive to hang with a humbucker equipped guitar. Going back and forth between these and a "VERY EXPENSIVE" set of "Boutique" pickups it was easy to notice the added sparkle, crystaline clarity and Stevie Ray "swamp" tone with the GFS pickups! These are not lifeles and toneless- as many "overwound" pickups are- these really have the big open vintage tone with some modern bite!
I've installed about a bazillion pickups in strats in the last 25 years, and I assure you that these pickups can hang with the best of the "Boutique" handmade pickups out there- really?
The "Hot Alnico Staggers" have all of the boutique components- sweet correct vintage styled Alnico 5 magnets, staggered cut nickel polepieces, genuine Formvar 43 gauge vintage style copper windings, all individually vacuum impregnated with genuine Paraffin wax, vintage style color coded wiring. This set is calibrated for the neck, middle and bridge position. To create a "Humbucking" effect, the middle pickup is reverse wound- now positions 2 and 4 on your 5-way are NOISELESS.
If you want real vintage strat tone, but with the modern features like R/w middle pickup, and vacuum impregnated paraffin wax soaking, then these should fit the bill. To give your strat some beef, the bridge pickup is wound just a little bit hotter, but not too hot to lose that vintage spank.
These pickups come with a STANDARD SOLDER LEAD, and may be soldered directly to your existing wiring with no modifications. You may also order a matching “Solderless” pre-assembled wiring harness for quick and easy “pain-free” installation! Click here to add a harness to your cart.
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