Pickup Kit for Strat

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With Alnico 5 magnets

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Pickup Kit for Strat

About This Item

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)


Product Instructions

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Custom pickup builder Lindy Fralin explains the reasoning behind and guidelines to wax potting pickups.

Product Instructions

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Assembly instructions for the single-coil pickup kit.

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Yet another Strat...

(Customer's Reviews)

I call this one the Test-a-caster. Top loading hard-tail bridge, Mighty-Mite neck (both from Stewmac), home-made Swamp ash body. Very dark green stain with soft black-burst at edges (doesn't photograph well - camera adjusts to white pick guard!).

Designed for quick pick guard changes so I can wind and try different pickup combinations. Currently has 2 Fender 57/62 pickups in the front 2 positions with a 5.9k ohm Alnico 2 pickup in the bridge made from a Stewmac kit.

Pickup kits have been great for dialing in "the right" bridge pickup.


Strat for Pink Floyd

(Customer's Reviews)

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!

(Customer's Reviews)

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

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