'Scooped' Mids Skinny Strat Pickups
Brighter, Scooped Mid-Range Replacement Strat Pickups
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Custom Designed 'Scooped Mid-Range' Strat Pickups
A custom designed vintage staggered or flat pole Stratocaster pickup with the classic bright Strat tone - tight, snappy with clean highs, a tight bass response and with the added, custom feature of more of the classic Scooped, Hollow & Woody Mid-Range.
There are a couple of different ways to achieve the unique 'Scooped Mids' tone from custom magnet design & stagger to specific winding patterns and I've tried and tested a number of different designs & prototypes to create a unique Scooped sound I was happy with, finally settling on this custom design of thicker 41AWG plain Enamel wire with a custom scatterwound pattern around a custom set of staggered or Flat-Pole Alnico 5 magnets.
The thicker coil wire gives a seemingly low output but don't let that fool you into thinking these pickups don't work as hard as the more classic Strat pickups. Although seemingly much lower in output, they're on a par with my '69s in terms of brightness and output, they just have that added distinction of more glassy, clean, hollow scooped mids-range sound.
Custom Handwound Skinny 'Scooped-Mids' Strat Pickups
For me, the sightly thicker 41AWG coil wire helps to emphasise the naturally 'scooped' sound of those late '60s, lower output Strat Pickups whilst keeping the perceived 'volume' or 'loudness' at similar levels. The winding pattern and magnets I use help to stress this even more. I know there a few other people making similar pickups using different designs but for me, and ultimately it is a personal thing, I settled on this final design after much testing and prototyping
My own take on the Big Dipper 'Scooped Mids' Pickups
Essentially the Fender® Big Dipper Custom Pickups are strong Alnico 5 Lower Output pickups which give you that great hollow tone, I've just tweaked the specifications to emphasise this woody, hollow 'scooped' sound by a different design for a little more unique voicing.
Vintage style cloth covered lead wire, a great pickup to play clean or funk - the tone can be rounded out a little by selecting flat stagger magnets.
NOTE: Due to the nature of Strat Bridge pickups in general, The Skinny 'Scooped Mids' Strat Bridge is a very cutting, bright pickup and I personally like to use one of my Classic '64s instead in this naturally bright bridge position but I do know many do like the more brittle, bright scooped sound here - Its a personal thing really, just thought I'd mention my own preference. If you'd like this bridge option instead, just leave me a note at the checkout stage (or email me) and I'll know to make it a custom order for you.
The Middle Pickup can be RW/RP for hum cancelling in positions 2 & 4.
Available in Flat-Pole, Vintage Staggered or Reverse Staggered for Left-Handed Players.
You can find more details of my Creamery Custom Handwound Replacement Strat Pickups here.