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Best Selling Lollar Strat Style Pickups

Customers frequently ask us what our best-selling stock Lollar pickups are. In fact, this is one of our most frequently asked questions. Usually something to the effect of, “So what seems to be the most popular?” And, “What do most players order?”

So we thought it made sense to share that with you. For the next few blog postings we will talk a little about some of our top selling pickups. We will start with the Lollar strat style pickups.

Lollar Strat Pickups:

Lollar Blackface sets are a best selling item

Lollar Blackface sets are a best selling item

 

The Lollar Vintage Blackface® pickups for strat are our most popular stock strat pickup. Many players find the Blackface set to be one of our most versatile. Clear and articulate when played clean, while at the same time offering a warmth and punchyness that make the Lollar Blackface set a favorite.

 

We call this combination the Lollar "Dirty Blonde" strat style set.  It is also very popular.

We call this combination the Lollar "Dirty Blonde" strat style set. It is also very popular.

Another top selling Lollar stock strat set is a combination set we refer to as our “Dirty Blonde” set. The Lollar Dirty Blonde strat set is a mixture of Lollar Vintage Blonde® strat pickups in the neck and the middle positions, and the Lollar Special S Series® strat pickup in the bridge position. This combination gives many players the “best of both worlds.” The Lollar Vintage Blonde® neck and middle offer a bit more sparkle, chime, and top end bloom. At the same time, the slightly higher output Lollar Special S Series® bridge is just a bit darker and rounder that our other strat style bridges. In most cases this helps lessen that typical strat “ice pick” bridge sound.

The Lollar Dirty Blonde strat set is interesting for yet another reason: Nash Guitars. Basically, if you wanted to order what you hear in a Nash strat, you would want to order a Lollar Dirty Blonde strat set. For more detail on the Nash strat set, take a look at this previous Lollar Blog posting about Lollar pickups and Nash guitars.

One last point to make about best-selling Lollar strat pickups: flat pole versus staggered pole pieces. When customers ask for our recommendation we strongly recommend flat pole pieces. For more detail on why we recommend the flat poles, follow this link to read an article about flat-pole versus staggered-pole pickups. Generally speaking, about 10% of the strats we sell are staggered pole sets. In other words, about 90% of the time our customers prefer flat pole strat pickups. Next week we’ll talk about best selling Lollar Tele style pickups.

Lollar Reveals Secrets to the Tonal Universe

Well now, what is one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive on an ongoing basis?   It’s, “What in the world is in those Nash guitars…!!!…???”  Which is usually followed by a few positive “%#$%&**&^%$#’s” and “gotta get me some!” type comments.

Funny you should mention that.  In fact, that’s what Bill Nash did….he suggested we reveal which types of Lollar strats and teles go into his Lollar-equipped guitars.  In part, to save us all some time, but also in part to help you in your search for awesome tone.

So without further delay:

Lollar Nash Strat pickups are a hybrid set.  They consist of the Lollar Vintage Blonde ® series in the neck and middle positions, and the Lollar “Nash” strat in the bridge.  The Nash style strat bridge is a very slight variation of the Lollar Special S ® series.  For “off the shelf” ordering purposes, you would want to order the Lollar Blonde neck and middle, and the Lollar Special S for the bridge.  This hybrid combination is often referred to as our “Dirty Blonde” strat set.  Chime and sparkle from the neck and middle position pickups, plus a thicker tone and slightly higher output from the bridge position.  The best of both worlds, you might say.

Lollar Nash Tele pickups are also a hybrid set.  They consist of the Lollar Vintage T ® series in the neck, and the Lollar “Nash” tele in the bridge.  The Nash style tele bridge follows along the same lines as the Nash strat.  In other words, the Nash style tele bridge is a very slight variation of the Lollar Special T ® series bridge.  For “off the shelf” ordering purposes, you’ll want to order the Lollar Vintage T series neck and the Lollar Special T series bridge.

And there you have it.  Helping to expand the tonal universe, one player at a time.

And by the way, Thanks for asking!

Installing a Stratocaster Pickup

At the time of this blog post, we offer four different pickups for Strats—Special S Series, Vintage Blackface, Vintage Blonde and Vintage Tweed. For those of you who are interested in installing your own Strat pickups, we’ve put together an instructional video in which Jason Lollar shows you step-by-step how to do it. Grab a screwdriver and a soldering iron (and maybe a cold beverage) and watch Stratocaster Pickup Installation.

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