"Funk" pickups for Strat

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9 posts since 7 Nov, 2020

Post Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:33 pm

I've got an old American Strat that badly needs the pickups replaced...I'm completely lost on what's out there these days in terms of pickups. I'm looking for a good funk sound that generates a nice sound for single note muted plucks....Any recommendations?

835 posts since 27 Apr, 2005

Post Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:11 pm

Ones that are pretty much exactly like the ones that ship on the strat to begin with? I mean, funk is right there in the basic strat wheelhouse... I assume there are technical issues with your current pups?


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9 posts since 7 Nov, 2020

Post Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:13 pm

Yes, there are technical issues with them, they need to be replaced. I'm just not a "guitar parts" guy, just a player (I know that sounds weird). Humbuckers?

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1049 posts since 21 Apr, 2017 from Bahia, Brazil

Post Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:37 pm

No Humbuckers........ search out someone selling stock strat pups....thats what you want. Nothing fancy just american strat pups. they should be cheap
We jumped the fence because it was a fence not be cause the grass was greener.

57 posts since 28 Jul, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:19 am

Fender also sells replacement pups for the strat - also if you need a list of what’s available:
https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/ele ... s/pickups/

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2633 posts since 28 Oct, 2007 from michigan

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:28 am

^ these guys are right
Just about any Strat PU sounds all Niles Rogers set to position 2 or 4 of the five-way switch
best of luck
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2 posts since 25 Nov, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:45 am

I think just any regular fender single-coil pickpus will get the job done. I would not use noise-cancelling pickpus though

12 posts since 18 Feb, 2020

Post Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:52 am

If you want to take a deep dive, read here:

There a a lot of one-man-show pickup winders who sell hand-wound pickups of good quality.
If you don't want to wait too long, you should probably order from a seller on/near your continent. Here are some which usually get good reviews:

(I bought a nice Gilmoure-inspired set there. Took about 2 weeks to ship to Germany.)

20702 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:10 am

Personally I never tried them, but I read good things about these, and they are certainly not over-prized for being handmade in Germany:


(the shop is here: https://shop.leosounds.de/en/23-stratocaster-pickups )

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