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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Comments on "Mixing" Fender Pups & Reverse Polarity Tone Question



May 19th, 2012 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have three Strats and three different sets of Fender pups in each; 57/62's in the first Strat (The 60th Anniversay Amse Strat with the middle 57/62 pup reverse wound); CS 69's in the second strat, and Texas Specials in my third strat. I have had the guitars for some time but just bought a really nice tube amp (make/model not important)so I can start playing out again after a long hatius and having sold my older tube amps years ago. Here is my problem/question as related to my pups, new amp rig and the best sounding pups from each Fender set which I want to mix on a strat. For the record, I will mostly be playing Blues and Classic rock and my preferred base tone (which I have been able to dial in with the new amp)is that Robin Trower "live" tone from the 70's.

Playing and comparing the three guitars through the rig, I prefer the tone of the CS 69 neck pup, the 57/62 middle pup (which is reverse wound), and like the extra bite of the Texas Special bridge pup for some solo work. Thus I want to try this combination in one guitar and play pretty frequently in the 2 quack position (but never in 4).

Sorry for the long explanation (and I do not want to try other pup brands or models) but here are my four questions.

1. Will having a lower output pup (57/62) in the middle position and the Special in the bridge position diminish or enhance the "quack" in position 2 or will it still be relatively balanced as opposed to keeping a matched set?

2. Will the lack of a reverse-wound middle 57/62 change the overall tonal quality when played by itself or in position 2 (other than a bit noisier which I do not mind)?; I think that the reverse wound 57/62 only came in the Anniversary model and a new stock one would not be reverse wound.

3. Can I purchase these individual pups directly from Fender (without having to buy a complete set of each)or do I have to go through a third party (and who)?

4. Anyone already try or own a guitar with this specific pup or similar set up?

BTW, I would be purchasing a 4th Strat for this set-up because I want to keep my current matched sets intact on each guitar.

Thanks for any replies............Ace.

Rick Plays The Blues


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May 20th, 2012 03:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1. Not sure about current production Texas Special pups, but mine are not that hot anyway. Sure, a higher output pickup can overpower a lower output pickup (e.g. HO humbucker and 57/62 combined), but I would be surprised if the TS did overpower the 57/62.

2. I guess, consensus is that non-RW/RP sounds better. Reason seems to be the slightly different magnetic pull on the strings in case of all 3 pickups having same polarity. But not a big deal imho but would anyway mean you are opting for the better option :)

3. I guess not - never seen them as single offers.

4. I once played a CS Strat with 69/Fat 50/TS - sounded really good and makes a very versatile Strat. Don't remember the model name but it was one of their more modern offers with 2-point trem and 22 frets.

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May 20th, 2012 11:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I reckon that CS 69 Neck, 57/62 Middle and Texas Special bridge would be a Rip-Snortin' combo. I base this on the fact that I have Strats with examples of each fitted.

Non-reverse wound in the middle will have no effect. Take your time to dial the height of each pup and all positions will work. Awesome!



May 21st, 2012 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the replies. I am looking at getting an Amercian Special (love that bright maple neck)that already comes with the Texas Specials so I would be in the market for the neck 69 and middle 57/62. Hate to have to buy two new complete pup sets so if anyone knows of a reputable after-market company where I can purchase them seperately, please chime in.

Modal; that middle pup on the 57/62's sounds awesome with a great warm tone and the 69 neck has the same qualities (to my ear); a little thicker tone like a neck pup should sound but more articulate at the same time than other Fender neck pups I have used.

phil lassiter


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Jun 5th, 2012 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I put a 57/62 aftermarket in the bridge position of my all single coil American Series.I really like the combination bridge/middle selector for rhythm.

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