Pickup Kit for Strat

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Now you can build your own guitar pickups from the ground up: go for the vintage sound or wind it your own way for custom tone!

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With Alnico 5 magnets

Item # 5967
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6 or more $10.47

With Alnico 2 magnets

Item # 2967
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6 or more $10.47
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Now you can build your own guitar pickups from the ground up: go for the vintage sound or wind it your own way for custom tone!

Each of our pickup kits features vintage-style parts and includes an assembly diagram to get you started.

Choose Alnico 5 or Alnico 2 magnets:
Alnico 2 magnets give a warmer tone and low end response with smooth, singing highs. Many builders use them in the bridge pickups of solidbodies.
Alnico 5 produces a brighter tone with a tighter low end and stinging highs. They're great for neck position pickups, to help keep the tone clear without getting muddy.

Kit includes the basics for a pickup that's straight from the '50s:

  • Black fiber bobbin flatwork
  • Brass eyelets
  • Vintage specification staggered-height polepieces, ready to magnetize (instructions included, Alnico 2 magnets are marked red on one end to tell them apart from Alnico 5's)
  • Black and white push-back wire
  • Mounting screws
  • Compressible tubing for height adjustment

The assembled pickup fits a standard Strat® pickup cover and pickguard.

Polepiece spacing 2.0625" (52.39mm)
Pole to pole
(measured on centers)
0.4125" (10.48mm)

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Ratings & Reviews

Pickup Kit for Strat

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Strat for Pink Floyd

By Ron from Kitchener, ON  CAN
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 28, 2014

I built my son a partscaster, and installed Fender 57/62 pickups. It sounded and played great, but he's a real Pink Floyd fan and I had been wanting to try making pickups for a while. I decided to make a set of "Black Strat" pickups from the Stewmac Alnico 5 kit. It took a few tries to get the right tension and get all the winds on the spool - especially with the 43 guage and 13000+ winds on the bridge pickup, but once I got it down, the pickups turned out great and sound fantastic! 12.8 k ohm bridge, 5.8 k ohm middle, 6.0 k ohm neck pickkup. 43 gauge, 42 gauge and 42 guage wire, respectively. CTS pots, CRL selector, SPST mini-toggle for "Tele switch", and Switchcraft output jack. Wax potted with 80% paraffin/20% beeswax.

Nice kit!

By Highline Guitars from Denver, Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 21, 2014

Follow the directions and you shouldn't have any problems putting these together.


By Smith from EU
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 30, 2013

Sorry but the holes for the megnets in the upper bobin are a bit to close which makes the pickup doesn't fit in a standard cover. Otherwise top kit.


By Shawn H. from Kentucky, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I have purchased three single coil pickups for a strat build and found that my strat pickup guard screws did not align with my pickup holes. It wasn't a huge deal and nothing a small file can't fix but you expect to buy a strat pickup kit and a strat pick up guard from the same manufacturer, I would have expected everything to align better than they did.


By Good Vibrations from Seattle, Wa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 03, 2013

For beginners and for the more advanced. Very convenient and makes a quality pickup.

Wonderful kit

By Jeremiah Cronin from Chatham,Ny
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 18, 2013

This kit was flawless. It took a bit of work to assemble the bobbin, but that only ensured that it would remain sturdy and straight. The fiber that the flatwork is made of is wonderful, and I will never buy plain plastic flatwork after using this. The eyelets for soldering are already attached. I put a small piece of tape over them to keep the wire from catching on them while winding. The cloth push-back wire that this came with might have been my favorite part of the whole kit. It really makes the pickup. People are already asking me to build them these, and I will certainly buy many more in the future.

Great kit

By Jorge from Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 16, 2012

Great kit. I only found a small problem, the covers from my Standard American Strat didn't exactly align with the polepieces of the pickup. The difference was so small that I could fix it by just filing very slightly one of the holes in the covers. No one will ever notice, but I would like to know if the problem was a mismatch between the kit and the Fender covers. Maybe I just didn't assemble the bobbins perfectly, I don't know. Just check your parts before you buy.

as good as i thought it to be

By wojtek
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 12, 2012

as good as i thought it to be

Great results

By Shawn O'Neill from Westville, South Africa
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 05, 2012

The quality is good and so are the rewards once you get the hang of it.

Pickup Kit for Strat

By Martin from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 15, 2012

This is a good sounding pickup, easy to work with

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