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Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set   (Used)

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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!

 

Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set Specifications:

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

(based on 36 reviews)

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    (28)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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5.0

Making a difference

By Johnny Astor

from Kentucky

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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!

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    (9 of 19 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 10 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

      (8 of 8 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 18 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

      Comment on this review

      (8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      False Ad.

      By bookman18

      from Milw, wi

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      Ad states these are Signed and Dated by Abby.Not so.I returned 1st set because of this and I was advised 2nd set would be signed.2nd set was same as 1st.Not signed or dated.I called and was told Fender no longer dates or signs these PUs.Ad online still advertises Signed and dated.I wanted these for and investment as I have a Masterbuilt Strat with Abbys in it..Now I'm stuck with These.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Classic Fender Strat Tone

      By MS865077237

      from Minnesota

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      I'm very pleased overall with this purchase. Installation was fairly painless, with exception of getting the screws started in the waxy bobbin material, and easy instructions were included. Can't say enough how great these sound in my standard (Mexico) Strat without any other upgrades. It truly sounds like a guitar worth twice the price. Must stop typing to go play it now.
      These pickups feature Alnico (who knows what it means? ALuminum NIkel CObalt) magnets and grey bobbin material. I don't know how it makes these basic looking pickups sound awesome, but it does. The cloth wrapped single strand wire is very cool and "vintage" correct, too.
      As all Fender products are concerned, and this is from a dyed-in-the-wool Les Paul freak, quality is very high. I replaced another brand of "upgrade" pickups with the '69 strat set and was wonderfully impressed with the new, real Fender sound these pickups provide.
      I would rate these a 10 at just a little smaller pricetag, but the sound they provide is excellent for the money. As stated above, other even higher cost pickup sets do not offer this level of tonal purity or true Fender twang and sass.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect pickups for classic rock

      By free shower tokens

      from Pennsylvania

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      Like i said in the title these pickups are perfect for classic rock sound and clean as well. They are definitely not for hard rock or metal, but sound great if you play hendrix, led zeppelin, pink floyd...

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