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Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set  

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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 We... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
Specifications
  • DC Resistance: 5.8k
    Inductance: 2.2 Henries
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FenderCustom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set
 
4.6

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (9)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

As an 'average' guitarist - I think these pickups are absolutely amazing

I'd say I'm an intermediate guitarist who focuses on Gilmourish type music to play, partly because I can handle the guitar pieces - but occasionally dive into SRV and Rush. I have a...Read complete review

I'd say I'm an intermediate guitarist who focuses on Gilmourish type music to play, partly because I can handle the guitar pieces - but occasionally dive into SRV and Rush. I have a '95 MIM Strat. I've been playing it for 12 years with stock pickups. Last week I installed the CS '69's. WOW. Let me say it again - WOW. First (compared to my MIM pickups), the external humming is reduced significantly. Second - they sound absolutely amazing. With a little tweaking of effects (or using my DG350) I have been able to get a great Eric Johnson or David Gilmour sound. Heck, I can even sound a little SRV like. It's improved my playing! For all this time I thought my sound was awful because of me - but these pickups showed me that your sound definitely matters. The sound is clear and bright. I think there is much more body to all five positions for the pickups. They may not be the greatest 'metal' sounding pups, but they do great for hard rock too - a la Rush. Can't say enough about them. Really!

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Experience late 60s Bite

By Stratophonic

from Santiago, Dominica Republic

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Classic Thin yet Bity Late 60s Strat Sound
  • Hendrix, Hendrix and them Some Hendrix
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Vintage Strat Sound in Mind

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    I have two sets of these (both Abigail Ybarra Initiated). This is the absolute sound I have in my mind when I think of Jimi........and let me tell you I have bought a couple of boutique pickups....but I always come back to these, I am done trying for imitations!!!........The problem with these boutique pickups is that they try to do their take on a product that can't be improved (much like people trying to improve the Bassman or the JTM45, THAT CAN'T BE DONE)

     
    4.0

    Fantastic Sound

    By Chief

    from Macomb, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Vintage 69 Strat Sound
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • A little noisy, but that's a single coil.

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

    I would have given them five stars, but I wanted you to read what I had to tell you. I replaced my Custom Shop Fat 50s with a set of these Custom Shop 69s in my MIA Sienna Sunburst Strat. Now for the caveat - I replaced the neck and bridge with the Custom Shop 69s, but used the center pickup from a Custom Shop Texas Special for the center pickup. The center pickup of the Texas Special is reverse wound; therefore, reduces the loud single coil hum you'd hear if using all 69s in all three positions. The combination is beautiful classic 69 Strat sound with a hint of Texas mixed in. What a fantastic sounding guitar in this setup!! I like this setup much better than the Fat 50s it came with.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice product

    By Darko

    from Croatia

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

      Great sound.

       
      5.0

      Great Upgrade

      By LC

      from Indiana

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

          Replaced the stock pickups in my mim Roland strat that I've had for a dozen plus years. I bought these after researching several different pickups by various manufacturers as I thought they would give me a good vintage strat tone that my strat just didn't have stock. I am very pleased with the tones I'm now getting. They have opened up the tone range and have breathed much needed new life into this strat.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Strat tones ever? GET THESE!

          By Slammintone

          from Indiana

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • All Positions Are Superb
          • Easy To Use
          • Fantastic Strat Character
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Louder Than You'd Think
          • Low End Just Pumps
          • Notes Swell And Bloom

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1969 Strat Pickup Set:

            These pickups are standard on the USA 70s Reissue Stratocaster except on those guitars the wiring sheathing is plastic rather than cloth wrapped. Without a doubt this is the best, most authentic vintage flavored Stratocaster pickup set I've ever tried. Basically, just read the blog for them on the Fender website and roll with that because that description is spot on accurate. These do sound like old Hendrix, David Gilmour and Richie Blackmore to a "T"! Considering they are single coil the hum and buzz is remarkably subdued compared to the Fender Custom Shop 1960 and 1956 pickups I've had in two Custom Shop Stratocasters. The killer low end punch on the low strings is an added bonus as it doesn't color or muddy up the mids or high end at all. The highs have plenty of shimmering chimey glassiness. The mids are very clear with a nice twangy vintage Stratocaster flavor I crave. The in between sounds work great for the intended purpose, very much Mark Knophler all the way. Considering the low output of 5.8kohms they really help push my JCM800 Marshall stack into a nice clean/crunch perfect for a lot of Hendrix and Deep Purple tunes without added overdrives. Adding just a touch of DOD 250 Overdrive (new gold version) gives enough extra push to cover just about any hard rock genre I could think of thanks to the extra push in the low end these wonderful pickups have. This is the easiest recommendation for Stratocaster pickups I've ever made.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

             
            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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Recommended on Fender Eric Clapton Gtr!

            By Jose7822

            from Valrico, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            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!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Making a difference

            By Flyer Band

            from Ky

            About Me Professional Musician

            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.

             
            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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