Fender Deluxe Drive Strat Pickup Set

Pickup Set for Stratocaster

  • Single coils
  • Over-wound
  • Anico 3 magnets
  • Medium pickup reverse-wound / reverse-polarity
  • Fenders Pickup Set with the most output
  • Colour: White
  • Includes screws

Further Information

Aktive Circuit No
Wiring 2-Conductor
Pickup Output High
Cap Yes
Colour White
Position Bridge, Middle, Neck
Stacked - hum free No
Telecaster No
Stratocaster Yes
Other No
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Love these - probably my favourite Fender pickup

Ian3180, 06.03.2016
Had these a while now and they are by far my favourite pickups.

I have other Strats with Tex Mex and Texas Special pickups and these blow the others away.
Far more powerful than the others and great for high gain work as well as classic blues as they can give a nice crunch even with moderate amp settings.

Very easy to fit with colour coded cable and all the screws and rubber mounts you need.
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Exceptional material combination for enthusiasts

Freakocaster, 26.08.2017
Shortly to my person: I am passionate Strat-screwdriver / player for 35 years and have had in all these years a lot of pickups of different construction under the strings. My review of the Deluxe Drive Pickups is based on a shaken amount of experience ... and that is - especially with regard to pickup - it's all a question of the right combination with the "rest" of the guitar because each element / component has a has a greater or lesser influence on the sound of the whole system. Basically, this is about physical connections, which is why I can not understand the voodoo cult around certain pickups rather seldom ...; o)

In advance of the Mexican-made Deluxe Drive Pickups: according to my research it is a variation that Fender had installed in the second generation of "Highway One" Stratocasters. Alnico 3 magnets (the weakest version of the Alnico, which is said to produce a bit more highs, slightly co-ordinated mids and tighter basses than Alnico 5) in conjunction with more wire wraps that are tonally quasi-reversed. I found this exciting and had to try it out!

My test guitar consists of an older Levinson / Blade Body made of ash lacquered in nitro, an oiled Warmoth neck from Maple / Rosewood with standard Thin Contour and a previously unchanged Fender American Deluxe Strat Tremolo with solid material bells and steel block. (Tonal so quite close to a good US-Strat, to better my test here can be, better reader.)
In addition, I currently play Daddario Nickelwound 10.5-48 strings, so no stainless steel brilliants, but enough pounds in the pickups ...; o)

Test-Amp (s): Scuffham S-Gear (all presets tested) via Dynaudio Studio Interfaces.
Live test on the tube amp still follows.

But now to the test of the Deluxe Drives.
Installed in a standard Strat circuit with 250k-Potis, first impression: Bäh, what is that?
If the Highway One owners were quite right, they had the right to exchange these pickups, but it was a stupid mistake ... "
"Oh, do not listen to the old blasphemy ... there's something that just does not fit properly. Think logically ... and remember your license for soldering." What I did then ... and that was good so :) ...
Because with the change to 500k-Potis, the resulting special circuit (Fender Superswitch and adjustable Treble Bleed), as well as optimal adjustment of the pickup distances to the strings is a
inspiring instrument that will surely stay with me for a long time!

What I now think of the Deluxe Drives:
+ react well to string spacing (this way, the overwound priming can be dosed)
+ very present highs without "Ice Pick" (with the right string spacing)
+ great "feeding" of the bare strings (High Gain Soli "sing")
+ react very well? s Volume-Poti (from 9 to 10 = adjustable "Midboost")

The sounds:
++ Neck: fully open, nice smoky P90 character, at Vol <8: Single Coil. "SRV" live ...
o Neck and neck parallel: comparatively somewhat covered. Knopfler? Go elsewhere ...
++ Neck & Middle & Bridge parallel: "Knopfler on steroids" ...
+++ Bridge & middle parallel: Wow, the "Beckt" sowas of ...
+ Bridge & Center serial: La Grange by ZZ Top ...

My conclusion:
Very interesting pickups for people who like to experiment with special circuits.
As a quick replacement for standard strats probably less suitable.
And yes, the Fender advertising statement "high gain friendly" is synonymous, whereby my preferences are rather in the crunch to mid gain range. So from SRV to Blackmore so to speak. And that goes with the Deluxe Drives really great!

PS
Before someone with my 500k Poti Tip comes in? S "ice-pickleand" and then insults me:
The influence of this value has immense influence on the tonal tuning of the whole striking elec- trics, especially on the resonance characteristics of the pickups. It is therefore worth experimenting with different values ??in order to get closer to your own sound. And do not forget to measure your Potis (uninhibited)! The spread bandwidth at standard potentiometer goes up to plusminus 20% of the setpoint.
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Pickup Set for Stratocaster Single coils, Over-wound, Anico 3 magnets, Medium pickup reverse-wound / reverse-polarity, Fenders Pickup Set with the most output, Colour: White, Includes screws

  • Aktive Circuit: No
  • Wiring: 2-Conductor
  • Pickup Output: High
  • Cap: Yes
  • Colour: White
  • Position: Bridge, Middle, Neck
  • Stacked - hum free: No
  • Telecaster: No
  • Stratocaster: Yes
  • Other: No
Fender Deluxe Drive Tele Pickup Set
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Pickup Set for Telecaster Over-wound, Alnico 3 magnets, Fenders Pickup Set with the highest output, Includes screws

  • Aktive Circuit: No
  • Wiring: 2-Conductor
  • Pickup Output: High
  • Cap: No
  • Colour: Nickel
  • Position: Bridge, Middle
  • Stacked - hum free: No
  • Telecaster: Yes
  • Stratocaster: No
  • Other: No
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