Hi guys. My MIM strat has been used for quite a while, and since it was kept in humid conditions (i live very near the equator, like 1 degree below), the pickups and bridge rusted. It's also my fault, for not maintaining it properly. This is my question: will it affect the sound drastically?

Another question, I'm thinking of replacing the pickups of the strat. It's a fat strat, and since Seymour Duncans are very accessible here, I was thinking of a vintage rails+hot rails+jb combination. However, my friend said that Seymour Duncans shouldn't be put in a Fender Strat. I've no idea why he said that. Is it okay?

It's more than ok to put Duncans in a strat and your friend is a dumbass.
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I'm pretty sure rust on the pole peices won't effect the sound. If it does, it will make it sound more vintage.

Rust on the bridge is purely aesthetic, unless it's on the pivot points or if it's where the string makes contact with the saddle.
Will says:
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I don't know if I can help it.

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Don't listen to anything your friend ever says again. There are a lot of people, famous and otherwise, who put SD's in Strats. I have a MIM Strat and put a S.D. Tb-4 JB in the bridge. I left the 250K pots in and it sounds great. Also, I have said this before and people always disagree - Fenders use f-spacing, meaning whatever pickup you get make sure its a Trembucker for S.D. or f-spaced.

From Dimarzio FAQ: "A long time ago (in the 20th century, actually) the electric guitar world was divided between Gibson and Fender designs. One of the differences between the two was string spacing. In general, Gibson chose a narrower string spacing at the bridge than Fender, and therefore the polepieces on Gibson humbuckers were closer together than the magnets on Fender pickups. When guitar shops started installing humbuckers in the bridge position of Strats, it was obvious that the strings didn’t line up with the polepieces, and if the E strings were too far outside, the sound could suffer. Our first humbuckers followed the original Gibson spacing, and we call them standard-spaced. When we released our first humbuckers with wider spacing, Floyd Rose bridges were very popular. Floyd string-spacing is the same as Fender spacing, so we naturally called the new pickups F-spaced.

How do I know which spacing to use?

F-spaced pickups measure 2.01" (51 mm) center-to-center from the first polepiece to the sixth. Standard-spaced pickups measure 1.90" (48 mm). Although some players believe that F-spaced pickups are only for the bridge position of tremolo bridge guitars, many guitars with fixed bridges (including late 1990s Gibson Les Pauls and Epiphone LPs) should have F-spaced pickups in the bridge position. Most tremolo equipped guitars that have a nut width of 1-11/16” (43mm) or more should also use an F-spaced pickup in the neck position. If you’re replacing a bridge-position pickup and you're not sure what your string-spacing is, it's usually better to get an F-spaced model. It is not necessary for the strings to pass exactly over the center of the polepieces for best performance, but it is wise to avoid a situation where the E strings are sitting completely outside of the outer polepieces."
Last edited by malibuclc at Mar 23, 2007,