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fenderfanatic



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 7:08 pm    Post subject: Duncan 59 Strat Bridge Reply with quote

Hi Scott. Iím thinking about using a Duncan 59 (single screw) in the bridge of a Strat Iím putting together. Iíd like to leave it uncovered for the look but Iím concerned it will be too bright. Should that pickup have a cover on it? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the pickup I had in my guitar with Tribal Tech - I never thought it was too bright and it wasn't covered. That being said, don't expect your guitar to sound vintage anymore - in my opinion it sounds like a Fender/ Gibson hybrid.

Mike Landau is using the Loller Imperial (normal gain). It's humbucking, but one coil is louder than the other so it sounds more like a single coil, and the bridge pickup is Fender spaced. Suhr makes the Thornbucker - same principle but it has an alnico 4 magnet which I don't like, so I asked them to make me one with the normal alnico 5 magnet, which is what the '59 and Loller have.

So, if you wanna keep your strat more vintage sounding, I'd go with an Imperial or a custom order Thornbucker, but if you want that really fat high-mid sound, the '59 is a great pickup.
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fenderfanatic



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. Somewhere online I read Landau was using a 59 bridge in one of his Strats on his Tales From The Bulge record, and I really dig his playing on that. Of course in those days angling your bridge humbucker was more common. Any thoughts on how that might affect tone? Or is that considered a thing of the past since now everybody makes F-spaced buckers.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only heard of people doing the slant thing - I'm sure it affects the tone in some way. Apparently having the pole pieces on the bridge pickup line up with the strings is a good thing, which makes sense to me. However there were many players who used a Gibson spaced humbucker for their bridge pickup on a strat - the Fender spacing is relatively new. I didn't notice any weirdness when the pole pieces didn't line up exactly with the strings.
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ItAllanLover



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having the pole pieces not lined up with the strings may cause less pull from the pickup, so that could be a good thing.....having a powerful pickup without the bad, heavy pull that inhibits the string to vibrate freely...
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