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Old 02-20-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Question for Stratocaster experts!

My question: Does a standard stratocaster (with 3 single coil pickups) have room to put in a single humbucker without cutting the body up?
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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Do you have one?

Pull off the Pickguard and check if one will fit. Otherwise I've seen ones that are capable, and others that are not. Looking is really the only way to check.

It's possible, but you might not be able to.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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I do believe it is possible, yes. I swapped my pups out awhile ago, so I may just be remembering wrong. Either way, as stated before, you can just unscrew the pickguard and check.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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Depends on what year it is, and where it was made. Best way to know is to open it up, but most built in the last decade have an HSH route. I haven't seen an SSS routed Strat in ages, as all have had at least an SSH route or a swimming pool.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:13 PM   #5
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Depends on the year, as said above. If you're buying any Standard MIM Strat that was made in the last 10ish years, it will have the bridge position routed for a humbucker.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the answers everyone! I just put new strings on it, and always end up breaking them when I take them off, so I'm gonna wait a little to take off the pickgaurd.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:59 AM   #7
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Do you take the tension off the strings before you lift the pickguard? I usually only have to detune my strings 3 or 4 steps to get enough slack to take my pickguard off.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:16 AM   #8
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Depends on the year, as said above. If you're buying any Standard MIM Strat that was made in the last 10ish years, it will have the bridge position routed for a humbucker.
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