Just a quick wonder: would it be possible (and I know I'll get abuse hurled at me for this) to change out some Danelectro '59 (reissue, if that makes a difference) lipstick tube pickups for some slightly more 'normal' single coil pickups? how big is the size difference?
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There were a couple different shapes for the Danelectro lipstick pickups. Some had long legs for direct mount and some had short legs for mounting to a pick gaurd. I'm pretty sure that the short leg type and the normal strat pickups fit into the same size space but I'm not 100% sure. Seymour Duncan makes vintage correct lipstick pickups so it might be worth checking the dimensions on his site or shooting their customer service an email.
If memory serves correctly a strat pickup might have some issues with that little tab on the side of the pickup, but a Jaguar pickup could be a better replacement.
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