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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / which pickup is which?

Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

May 22nd, 2015 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a set of CS '69 strat pickups (AY initialed). The labels that denote neck, middle and bridge have fallen off so i dont know what is what, does it even matter with this set? How would i go about finding out?

Im planning on putting these in a strat build that was delayed when the 1-piece alder musikraft body i had was destroyed in a flood:(

Edited to add: the lead wires on all of the pickups are really short, are the wires easily replaced or should i send them to somebody who repairs/winds pickups?

(This message was last edited by Mike the marksman at 05:45 PM, May 22nd, 2015)

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Santee CA

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May 22nd, 2015 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

IIRC there are no neck, middle, bridge designations with CS '69s. They are all the same. I had a complete set in my JV Strat at one time.

(This message was last edited by Viera at 05:53 PM, May 22nd, 2015)

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May 22nd, 2015 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would put a meter on the leads and check. You could buy a cheap one at Home Depot for nothing. If they spec out differently, I would put the hottest in the bridge, weakest in the neck. I would buy more wire (available from FDP sponsor WD Music) and splice/solder to length, then shield it with a length of appropriate tubing.

That's how I've done it before with satisfactory results.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 08:46 PM, May 22nd, 2015)

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Earth died screaming

as I lay dreaming
May 22nd, 2015 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's excellent advice. Unless you're familiar with soldering directly to the pickup's flatwork, you run the risk of killing the pickup.

Solder some extensions on the short leads and add a sleeve of heat shrink to each connection to keep the electrons in line. Electrons are like four-year-olds; they will wander off in directions that will give you headaches unless you take measures to control 'em :o)

Look here. I use a painter's heat gun.

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