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Monty's - Original Series - '54 Stratocaster
Monty's Original Series pickups are faithful sonic replicas of actual vintage pickups that have graced Monty's workbench over the years. All accurately replicated to bring all the magic and mojo of the originals.
Monty's '54 strat set is their recreation of some of the first sets of strat pickups to enter production. As with all the original series pickups, these pickups are modelled off the original pickups from vintage guitars that Monty's have been fortunate enough to get their hands on.
Like all good mid 50's strat pickups, Monty's '54 set has a mid-range character that borders on the telecaster-esque, providing a fatness that perfectly complements the snap of a maple fretboard without ever losing clarity or harmonic content. This mid-range also means that these pickups can really drive an amp when you need them to, giving a wonderfully fat, clear drive sound with more than a touch of vintage twang.
True to the originals, these pickups feature magnets beveled by Monty's own fair hands and their painstaking recreation of the original '54 magnet stagger.
Like all our strat pickups (and just like old Fender pickups), our '54 pickups are only partially potted. This keeps the center of the coil free from wax, resulting in increased clarity and responsiveness.
In the original prototype design for the Stratocaster, Leo Fender included plain steel baseplates on all three of the pickups. Whilst these got removed from the design before the guitar entered production, Monty's also offer these pickups available with baseplates for anyone looking for an authentic pre-production strat sound. There is also the option of having a baseplate on the bridge pickup only. This is a cool mod that fattens up the bridge pickup a little if you're looking for a little more girth.
Scatterwound using period correct 42-gauge Heavy Formvar wire:
Neck- Alnico III, 5.2k
Middle- Alnico III, 5.4k
Bridge- Alnico III, 5.7k