We get asked all the time, “Why does my old pickup sound dull?”
There are many reasons the tone can suffer on vintage pickups…
These p’ups aren’t just *playing* dead… They’re actually dead!
We can’t resurrect or improve every beaten, tired, old pickup that we come across. Some of them, like the ones seen above, are just too far gone. Only a complete rebuild, with brand new parts could bring them back to life – but at that point, you may as well just replace it! You can’t shine a turd, as they say (even if you could, you’d still just have a shiny turd). But, just maybe, your dull sound isn’t the turd you thought it was, so in this edition, we’ll address the possible causes and potential solutions.
We have been making 7-string stratocaster pickups for some time, but have just now gotten around to adding them to our website. They are available in all four of our various flat pole models: Tweed, Blonde, Blackface and Special. String spacing center-to-center of the outside poles is 2.39″ (6.1 cm); individual pole spacing center-to-center is 0.398 (1.01cm). Measurement center-to-center of the mounting holes is 3.45″ ( 8.8cm).Covers are available in black or white only. They are $90 each, and $270 for a set of three, plus shipping.
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.