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Sunburstb0y

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Mar 23rd, 2016 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hello - I have a 2014 Fender 50th Anniversary Stratocaster, the one with the single ply, cream coloured pick-guard. Fantastic instrument and great pickups although under the covers they are are wired with plastic wire, nothing vintage looking but great sound. Can any one recommend something from Fralin or Lollar (or anyone else) that comes close to the sound of these pups? Many thanks.

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Mar 23rd, 2016 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...they are are wired with plastic wire, nothing vintage looking but great sound."

In guitar applications, wire is wire. The signal doesn't care if the insulator's plastic or cloth.
If the pickups sound great, do you really want to swap 'em out?

If it were a real vintage instrument, I could see it but not on an RI. Just MO.

However, I've lots of things to my guitars that could be considered silly, so maybe I shouldn't talk ;^P

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Mar 23rd, 2016 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome to the forum Sunburstb0y.

I'm pretty sure that you meant the 2004 50th Anni Amer Series Strat. While the pups are not Custom Shop, they're everything that I would ever want for a vintage style Strat sound.

The only reason that I would consider changing the pups in mine is if it were my only electric guitar and I was having issues with 60 cycle hum.

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Mar 23rd, 2016 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've changed pickups for some pretty dubious reasons before (like, "just because") but I can't say I've changed great sounding pickups because of the look of wires. I wonder if you could buy some cloth wire, strip it and slide the existing wire through it, lol.

My favorite Strat has Fralin Real 54s in it. I've tried the same pickups (different set) in another and it fell short. Sum of all parts, all that jazz.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 08:42 PM, Mar 23rd, 2016)

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Mar 23rd, 2016 10:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My favorite Strat has Fralin Real 54s in it."

That would have been my suggestion. But as others have stated...if it sounds good, don't mess with it.

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Mar 24th, 2016 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a set if Fralin Real 54s in my homebrew Strat (very light ash body, rosewood board).
I now have the Fralin "Vintage Hots" in that guitar.

Both great sets of vintage-sounding pickups.
No surprise the Real 54s are lower output and, as a result, a bit brighter. I prefer the Vintage Hots, but that stuff is always very subjective.
I will say that when Fralin uses the term "hot" it's not to be equated with others - the emphasis of the Vintage Hots is definitely on the "vintage" side. They aren't all that much hotter - just a touch fuller in tone.

All that said, if your current pickups have a "great sound"....well, if it ain't broke...

I love my Fralin pickups, but it's been a while since I put them in and I have no idea what kind of wire they have on them.

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Mar 24th, 2016 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's the funny thing. I had a set of Fralin vintage hots in this guitar and it sounded brittle. Tried the 54s and I would define them as "warmer, woodier, rounder".

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Mar 24th, 2016 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like you said, "Sum of all parts, all that jazz."

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Mar 24th, 2016 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, another example of the "tone is subjective" thing.

It can be like "how long's a piece of string?"

I *really* like my Lace Sensors, other folks don't.

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