#1
I recently got an MIM strat with a bunch of vintage upgrades but am thinking about swapping out the bridge pickup.

This was a stock MIM that got its guts replaced with vintage cloth wiring and old timey switches, as well as Fender Custom Shop 69 pickups at the neck and middle, and Seymour Duncan SSL-5 in the bridge. The CS 69s have an open, airy sound that I like a lot, while the SSL is a bit more sterile and doesn't have the same chime. It's a good pickup, but it's got a very different character from the other two.

I know the classic Strat bridge pickup is notoriously useless, so I want to get something a little beefier, but that fits in a little better with the classic vintage tone of the other two. The bridge pickup is the one I'd use for heavier overdrive, so I could go noiseless, but only true single coil. I've got another guitar with plenty of humbuckers.

What do you guys recommend? Could a Tele bridge pickup do this? The more in line with vintage Fender tones, the better.
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Could a Tele bridge pickup do this?

the twang banger in my strat does sound really good.
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#4
Rio Grande pickups is an excellent option, especially the Dirty Harry, which is one of their P90 lines- available in a variety of sizes.

Besides them, other makers to consider would be Lace, Vintage Vibe, The Creamery, Bareknuckle, TV Jones (yes, he's making singlecoils now), Wilde, Kent Armstrong and Lollar. Most of those builders are either noted for making tasty singlecoils or being custom/semi-custom winders.

One option that is beefier than a standard singlecoil but not as hot as a P90 is a Charlie Christian. I have a Vintage Vibe Tele singlecoil in the neck and their CC in the bridge of a Teleclone, and it meshes quite well. Of the makers listed above, Lollar is the only other one I know for sure making CCs.

Here's a cat named Tim Lerch demoing a Lollar CC:


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#5
on the cheap, maybe a SD quarter pounder. or listen to danny or cath.
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#6
I don't think a Tele pickup can do what you want. The Quarter Pounder you mentioned can, as it sounds closer to a P-90. You almo may look at single coil-sized humbuckers, like the JB Jr.
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#7
check out Lace Sensors variety of picups sure they have something that will do the trick.
#8
Another way to go is to contact Peter Bitloft at Vintage Vibe and tell him what you want. He can build whatever you need. They come with easily swappable magnets so you can fine tune it to your preferences. Peter builds awesome stuff.
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on the cheap, maybe a SD quarter pounder.


i haven't tried either but i'd just be concerned that if the ssl5 is too much, the QP might be as well?
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i haven't tried either but i'd just be concerned that if the ssl5 is too much, the QP might be as well?

Yea the QP is even hotter.

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Check out the Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2 (DP409 http://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/strat/hum-canceling-strat/virtual-vintage-heavy-blues-2). Nice warm Clean to nice distortion. Awesome with the Bogner Ecstasy to Diezel VH4. It works well with the CS '57/'62 SCs on my '62 RI.
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^ Yeah that's what I thought.

Yeah the VVs are pretty nice- I've only tried the older versions, though.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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