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Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set  

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The Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set gives you calibrated pickups constructed with hand-beveled, staggered Alnico V magnets and Formvar magnet wire. ...Read More

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The sound of '50s Strat with a little bit more attitude.

The Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set gives you calibrated pickups constructed with hand-beveled, staggered Alnico V magnets and Formvar magnet wire. '50s Strat Pickups deliver enhanced bass response without the harsh midrange. The middle pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity for hum canceling in positions 2 and 4. OEM on Custom Shop Fender Showmaster series Stratocaster guitars.

FEATURES
  • Hand-beveled, staggered Alnico V magnets
  • Formvar magnet wire
  • Reverse-wound middle pickup

The blues never sounded so sweet. Put these babies in the cart right now and revitalize your relationship with your guitar.

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FenderFat '50s Strat Pickup Set
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

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  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (3)
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      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Holy Grail

    The fat 50's are THE Holy grail. Once you put a set on one of your strats you'll be eagerly waiting for the next sale so you can buy more. I have 8...Read complete review

    The fat 50's are THE Holy grail. Once you put a set on one of your strats you'll be eagerly waiting for the next sale so you can buy more. I have 8 Strats, ranging from 60's through 2012 and these pickups smoke them all. All! The guitar with these on them has become the one I compare all of my other Strats to and I always go back to the Fat 50's.

    The bottom end is nice and fat but articulates well with no mud; the high end is stratty but is not brittle or thin like so many so-called "vintage" pups. They are responsive and nice and poppy like a good Strat should be. I am extremely fussy about my tone and have gone through a lot of pickups. These quench my thirst.

    Blues, rock, country, the tone is laways spot on for what you need. David Gilmour has got nothing on these pups. Buy them. You will look back on it as one of the best decisions you ever made. You won't want to put the guitar down.

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    Fool's Purchase

    This is the second set of newly made Custom Shop pick-ups from Fender I bought, the first being a set of Custom '69s by the heavily-hyped A. Ybarra, and they both exhibit the...Read complete review

    This is the second set of newly made Custom Shop pick-ups from Fender I bought, the first being a set of Custom '69s by the heavily-hyped A. Ybarra, and they both exhibit the same rush-to-ship flaws; ill fitting cover clearance and momentary dip in the potting wax instead of the standard 15 minute soak. This leaves the fragile tag leads subject to easy breakage (and they did on the '69s) rendering the whole high-dollar set unservicable. The replacement set Fat '50s here reviewed were taped by me to prevent the same fate. They will need after-market potting to finish what Fender failed to do. I see less quality here than with Fenders' mid-grade factory products off-the-shelf, and this should not be. Never again, and never ANYTHING from the Fender Custom Shop. It's a waste of my money and yours.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Strat Pick Ups Ive Found.

    By fender bender

    from Orofino Id

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • There are no cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Rockcountry Blues

    Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

    These came with my 2014 American Standard Stratocaster.
    Pure classic tone goodness.
    From Norman Petty studio Buddy Holly tone through Hendrix and Dire Straits and everything in between.
    If you want the tone that attracted you to the Stratocaster to begin with I recomend these pick ups without hesitation.
    Fender hit it out of the park with these.
    If your a Strat player do yourself a favor.

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    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEST PICK UPS EVER, but.....

    By humhater7

    from Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

    The middle pick up is RWRP, which means noisless backplates do not work on it. These pickups rule except for the noise, I care not about it being
    'part of the tone,' we all know it sucks. So, have any of you tried noiseless pickups, with regard to the middle pickup only, that can most closely resemble the sweet chime and bass response of the middle fat 50s? I changed the pickups on my strat for the YJMs, but left the middle, but the hum still bothers me even if I only use it for clean tones. Let me know, it is probably either SDuncan, or Fender.

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    5.0

    Now an American Strat

    By Johnny Guitar

    from Satellite Beach, Florida

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    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        I added a set of fat 50s to my MIM Strat and it sounds, plays and looks as good if not better then a MIA strat. Save your money and do it this way.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Holy Grail

        By Marshall Advocate

        from SC

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        Pros

        • Clear Tone Not Brittle
        • Fantastic Sounding
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • No Cons Nada Zip

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Strats Any And All

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        The fat 50's are THE Holy grail. Once you put a set on one of your strats you'll be eagerly waiting for the next sale so you can buy more. I have 8 Strats, ranging from 60's through 2012 and these pickups smoke them all. All! The guitar with these on them has become the one I compare all of my other Strats to and I always go back to the Fat 50's.

        The bottom end is nice and fat but articulates well with no mud; the high end is stratty but is not brittle or thin like so many so-called "vintage" pups. They are responsive and nice and poppy like a good Strat should be. I am extremely fussy about my tone and have gone through a lot of pickups. These quench my thirst.

        Blues, rock, country, the tone is laways spot on for what you need. David Gilmour has got nothing on these pups. Buy them. You will look back on it as one of the best decisions you ever made. You won't want to put the guitar down.

        Comment on this review

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING!!!!!

        By MS863618368

        from Georgia

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        These pickups sound so good!!! True blues they are just amazing with clean and with gain!! I also have the clapton tbx mid boost on my guitar which makes its even better!!! They are AMAZING.!!!!!!!! Good john mayer sound!!

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        (9 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Neither

        By androski

        from Hayward, CA

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        I own a 1959 Stratocaster with original pups and figured these would give me a similar sound in my Relic. They don't. They have an annoying upper midrange squawk, and my originals are fatter than these. I put an SSL-1 in the neck, an SSL-1 rev in the middle, and an SSL-3 in the bridge of my Relic, and guess what? It sounds better than my "59's.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        True Vintage Tone

        By DaveH003

        from Portland, OR

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        I put these in a project surf guitar because I wanted that vintage 60's surf sound, and they really did the trick. All five pickup positions are clear, usable, and totally vintage.The Fender 54's and 69's are great too, but they didn't have that rich vintage sound I was looking for. These are great for rockabilly, twanging, blues, classic rock, and surf music, but I wouldn't spin them for hard rock and heavy metal is plain out.Plug these into a Fender Twin Reverb and prepare for a 40 year time warp.

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classic Stratocaster Tone

        By TooManyStrats

        from CapeCod, MA

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        I have a strat with Custom Shop 69 pickups and I love the sound. With my other strat I decided to try these to get a different, yet classic sound. These pickups gave me that and so much more. They can give me a clean blues tone and with overdrive they are simply amazing. Perfect for everything from Buddy Holly to Hendrix. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for that classic stratocaster sound.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tasty!

        By Bane of Trout

        from Wyoming

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        The Fat 50s were my first foray into DIY guitar improvement. Simply put, I can't believe the difference between my MiM stock pickups and these bad boys. Before installing the Fat 50s I rarely used my neck pickup (too muddy), but now the neck sounds, well, fat and creamy. You know Hendrix's sweet tone on his cover of "Born Under a Bad Sign?" That's the sound you get with the Fat 50s (my Blues Deluxe amp may help too). Utterly amazing and highly recommended.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Its Alive! Its Alive!

        By T.M.M.-rkzWV

        from California

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        I swapped out my stock pickups in my 50s strat with these and from the first moment I played them I noticed my guitar is now a monster! It instantly gave my strat a new life, and it really does sound straight out of the 50s now. These things don't just bark... they bite! The only down side to these is the hum on single selections. I have a boss NS2 that I let a friend borrow a couple years back because I didn't need it, I'm gonna have to track him down now. If you want your strat to sound like a canon, get these... but be mindful, its more of a challenge to control your guitar with these; don't buy if your looking to hide your mistakes.

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