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

celius

USA

Ace
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

Austria

May I try that again?
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.

Modal Magic
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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
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!


celius

USA

Ace
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

USA

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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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