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Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set   (Open Box)
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Product# 301637
OVERVIEW

Brimming with the classic '60s tone that rocked the world.

Fender Custom Shop '69 Stratocaster pickups produce one of the most revered guitar sounds in popular music history—the full, punchy late-'60s blues rock tone that ruled the era from Monterey on the West Coast to Woodstock on the East Coast. Because of the clarity and transparency created by the unique coil wind and magnet structure, the '69 pickup design works especially well with pedals allowing the low end to thump and the high end to soar.

FEATURES
  • Set of 3 Custom '69 Strat pickups

Own the tone that defined an era. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set

  • DC Resistance: 5.8k
  • Inductance: 2.2 Henries
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FenderCustom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set
 
4.5

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (5)
  • Good quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Pickups

      I like the 69 vintage vibe
      I have these pickups in my American Deluxe and in an American Standard. I

      Some have complained about having to make the maountin hole a...Read complete review

      I like the 69 vintage vibe
      I have these pickups in my American Deluxe and in an American Standard. I

      Some have complained about having to make the maountin hole a little larger to accomodate the mounting screws. This is true, I had to do this in both cases. This was not a big deal to me since I mod my guitars anyway. Fender could do a little better with the fit...

      While the middle pickup is not reverse wound, I put copper sheilding in the cavity and I do not hear any more noise than any other pickups. I also put a baseplate on the bridge pickup, its adds a little more bass and presence.

      I really like these pickups, they work well for the the style of music I play. I have a bunch of amps - a Fender Twin, a Fender Blues Deville and a Mesa Mark V among others. It pairs best with the Fender Amps.

      I was fortunate to get several sets that are signed by Abigail Ybarra before she retired. I think these pickps signed by her will become in great demand in time....

      I recommend these if you want a vintage strat sound with a lttle more bite than average pickup and classic strat sound. .On my American Standard, the bridge pickup is reverse angled ala Hendrix, and I dig the vibe it put's out - great pickups for classic rock and blues or really almost anything you throw at it.
      Other than the mounting issue it's good...
      I think the price is fair

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good sound but poor quality control.

      ONLY 2 OUT OF THE 3 PICKUPS WORKED!

      I purchased a set of the Fender Custom Shop '69 Pickups after hearing great reviews from some buddies at a local music store,...Read complete review

      ONLY 2 OUT OF THE 3 PICKUPS WORKED!

      I purchased a set of the Fender Custom Shop '69 Pickups after hearing great reviews from some buddies at a local music store, and watching YouTube demos. Well, long story short, I received a set from Musician's Friend that were already opened, and looked used -- the pickup covers had telltale pick scratches on them.

      I went to have them installed in my MIM Fender Strat, and was disappointed to find that the Authorized Fender Tech could not install the bridge pickup, as a fault in the internal wiring was preventing the pickup from working at all.

      So unfortunately, I paid full price for two pickups and have been left with a dead bridge pickup. Don't know who was truly at fault here, but the shoddy open packaging and the seemingly used nature of these pickups makes me think Musician's Friend was the culprit.

      The last three purchases I've made from Musician's Friend have been suspect in quality -- sorry MF, three strikes and you're out.

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      4.0

      Vintage correct - but to a fault.

      By Seattle Blues

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Better Output And Clarity
      • Fatter Tone
      • Fatter Warmer Sound
      • Good Quality
      • Great Gritty Dirty Sound
      • Gritty Dirty Blues Sounds
      • Gritty Dirty Tone Easily
      • Improves Sound
      • Upgrade For Mexi Strats

      Cons

      • Noise - Not Reverse Wound
      • Only A Mild Sustain Boost
      • Vintage Purists Only

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      These are great pickups, unfortunetely they are 'vintage correct' to a fault for me. I had read online that the 69 Strat pickups would be noisy and it was a risk. There are very few videos of them in use. What you don't hear is the noise they create in most situations.

      Without a reverse wound pickup in the middle (which is vintage correct) the guitar produces much more noise and there is no escape - toggling 'out of phase' between the middle pickup will not help - the noise will remain. It's got a great build - a vintage correct staggered magnets, grey bobbin with a bright and clear copper enameled coil and a cloth wound wires - much higher quality than stock - just visually speaking you can see the difference.

      Back then, there were no stock reverse wound pickups. Nowdays - it's standard on a single coil set setup. A noise gate pedal or software such as Guitar Rig will help - but there goes a bit of your attack and sustain. I've installed many pickups - they are grounded and the pickgaurd is sheilded - this is just how they are meant to be.

      Overall - I would recommend these pickups only to vintage purists or a 2nd Strat you want "vintage correct" with an aged pickgaurd and vintage tuners. You can also consider chopping out the middle pickup for a stock strat one, allowing you to cut the noise.

      I have had the pleasure of owning a 66 Strat for many years- and the similiarities in sound are there. Through a Orange Tiny Terror, Fender Hot-Rod & Marshall head, they do sound great and have some character. It's your ears that will decide if they sound good however. I get the sound they are going for and it's a great tone. Make no mistake - they sound good. Compared to Mexi Strat pickups - it's an upgrade. But, it comes with the cost of the noise - which is why I can't rate these 5 stars.

      Perhaps check for the Vintage Noiseless - and a boost pedal for a bit more grit. Or consider DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2, which I am considering switching to in the Neck and bridge - with a Area 58 or 61 vintage style pickup in the middle for a nice mid range boost out of phase.

      In my opinion, Fender should have created these with a reverse wound pickup and sheilded wire in the middle as a sacrifice to vintage correct as an update for the modern day guitar - the best of both worlds in my opinion - that would have made these pickups better for day-to-day use in recording or live performances. You decide if 'vintage correct' is where you want to be sound wise, it's not for everyone and you may have a little buyers remorse at retail. This review comes 6 months into my purchase after many hours of use.

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      5.0

      Exceptional tone

      By Nate

      from Anchorage, AK

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Versatile Tone

      Cons

      • Unbalanced Volume

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      These sound absolutely amazing and installation was easy. My only complaint is how much of a fluctuation there is in volume between strings. They're a bit lighter on the low end and high end but anything on the G string blasts your ears (and the other strings). Otherwise, I may never use another set of pickups.

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      5.0

      Recommended on Fender Eric Clapton Gtr!

      By Jose7822

      from Valrico, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Studio

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      I own a Fender Eric Clapton Signature guitar that came stock with N3 noiseless pickups and the TBX/Mid-Boost system. The guitar sounds good with this system, and it may even impress you at first given the versatility it offers to your tone. But it didn't have that strat sound we all crave and search for when we buy a Fender guitar. I felt there was something missing, so I began to research other pickups on YouTube (Aren't we lucky to have such resources at our disposal?).

      Long story short, the removal of the entire TBX/Mid-Boost system along with the Fender Custom Shop '69 pickups finally gave me the sound I was looking for. These pups brought life to my Fender Eric Clapton strat! Now my axe has that classic tone Fender guitars are known for :-).

      If you own this guitar, I highly recommend you switch those lifeless N3 pickups (along with the whole active system that comes with the Fender Eric Clapton guitar) with something akin to the pups, tone pots and wiring that were originally used back in the day, such as these Fender Custom Shop ones. The tone you'll get will bring you joy, I promise!

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Making a difference

      By Johnny Astor

      from Kentucky

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Blues Or Clean

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      Upgraded my Mex. Strat. Sounds better than my American special humbucker , I couldn't get the ones I first ordered they sent made in Mexico warehouse error , so I decided to get the custom shop, and I am so glad I did. These pickups are awesome you got that blues sound or sounds like Clapton to a tee. More sustain when you want it, oh yea great for Stevie Ray music also. I love my New Mexican American stratocaster . If you want a low cost American strat, get the custom shop and upgrade.

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      5.0

      Classic Hendrix era sound

      By searchingfortone

      from Calgary Alberta

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great tone

      Cons

      • None
      • NOTHING

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

        II have 3 Strats with Fender custom shop noiseless pickups (one hot, two standard) and one Strat with these pickups. Both types of noiseless pickups lose way too much tone. I am changing them to these. Positions 2 and 4 get rid of bad hum when I play near fluorescent lights etc. Fender puts noiseless pickups in its artist model guitars but the artists the guitars are named after don't use those noiseless pickups!

        Comment on this review

        (13 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Good sound but poor quality control.

        By HTSMetal

        from Satan's Armpit, KY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Not Functional
        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

          ONLY 2 OUT OF THE 3 PICKUPS WORKED!

          I purchased a set of the Fender Custom Shop '69 Pickups after hearing great reviews from some buddies at a local music store, and watching YouTube demos. Well, long story short, I received a set from Musician's Friend that were already opened, and looked used -- the pickup covers had telltale pick scratches on them.

          I went to have them installed in my MIM Fender Strat, and was disappointed to find that the Authorized Fender Tech could not install the bridge pickup, as a fault in the internal wiring was preventing the pickup from working at all.

          So unfortunately, I paid full price for two pickups and have been left with a dead bridge pickup. Don't know who was truly at fault here, but the shoddy open packaging and the seemingly used nature of these pickups makes me think Musician's Friend was the culprit.

          The last three purchases I've made from Musician's Friend have been suspect in quality -- sorry MF, three strikes and you're out.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Dr. J

          Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

          I bought these last year to replace the pickups on a 2005 MIM Strat. I wanted pickups similar to those on my 2002 reproduction '62 Strat. I also have a '95 American Strat and another 2005 MIM Strat to compare. Out of the four different sets of Strat pickups I have , these are the least "hot". These are the cleanest of them all. Yes, you will get a little growl when they are overdriven but they need the help of a Blues Driver or Tube Screamer to get any balls. They are nowhere like the '62 Strat pickups. The original MIM pickups have more balls than these. I had the guitar with these pickups set up for open tuning slide but wasn't getting enough gain out of them. I switched back to a late '90's Squire Strat which has hotter pickups than these. The pickups on my '95 Strat seem to be Lace Sensors and I like that guitar the best and then the '62. If you want sparkly cleans, go with these. If you play rock or blues and want some overdrive, I'd go with something else. I also have a 2005 Highway One Tele and I like the stock pickups on that more than these pickups.

          Comment on this review

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Pickups

          Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

          I like the 69 vintage vibe
          I have these pickups in my American Deluxe and in an American Standard. I

          Some have complained about having to make the maountin hole a little larger to accomodate the mounting screws. This is true, I had to do this in both cases. This was not a big deal to me since I mod my guitars anyway. Fender could do a little better with the fit...

          While the middle pickup is not reverse wound, I put copper sheilding in the cavity and I do not hear any more noise than any other pickups. I also put a baseplate on the bridge pickup, its adds a little more bass and presence.

          I really like these pickups, they work well for the the style of music I play. I have a bunch of amps - a Fender Twin, a Fender Blues Deville and a Mesa Mark V among others. It pairs best with the Fender Amps.

          I was fortunate to get several sets that are signed by Abigail Ybarra before she retired. I think these pickps signed by her will become in great demand in time....

          I recommend these if you want a vintage strat sound with a lttle more bite than average pickup and classic strat sound. .On my American Standard, the bridge pickup is reverse angled ala Hendrix, and I dig the vibe it put's out - great pickups for classic rock and blues or really almost anything you throw at it.
          Other than the mounting issue it's good...
          I think the price is fair

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Custom Shop '69 Strat Pickup Set

          By DIck H

          from Buffalo NY

          Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

          These pickups are not loud . Great mellow tone and bright tones. Great for all styles of music.
          Had these pickups professional installed into a 1995 Mexican Stratocaster . MY start now sounds better than most American made Fenders.
          Had the pickups professional installed. They sound awesome. They place where I had them installed was blown away by how good these pickups are.
          Great tone. They made my Mexican Strat sound better than most American made Strats.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          who wound these

          By alien hippie

          from @ home

          Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

          mine weren't signed and dated and I don't think A Y did them.
          sounded worse then texas special
          If you like thin sounds

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