The Hot Strat high-output pickup will deliver more output and musical midrange than your beloved Stratocaster has ever had. This pickup takes the classic high-end sparkle and adds a slightly lower-voiced, humbucker-like cut that will make your chords sound explosive and your solos jump out like never before. The sound is warmer and hotter than a traditional Strat pickup, rich with punchy harmonics. The raised flat Alnico 5 rod magnets are taller for a stronger and deeper magnetic field that increases output, and the overwound coil delivers additional power and warmth—great for getting heavy sounds from a Strat.
A popular choice for a Strat’s bridge position, the Hot Strat combines well with vintage-voiced Strat pickups for a modern, flexible guitar. We also fabricate a RW/RP, reverse wound/reverse polarity, version so that, when installed in the middle position and combined with the neck or bridge pickups, it will be hum-cancelling and give you the biggest 2 & 4 sound possible without the 60-cycle hum.
The Hot Strat’s bobbins are hand built using the unique, high-output coil wind and taller, hand-ground Alnico 5 rod magnets, lacquered for stability, then wound and wax potted for squeal-free performance. Available in a tapped configuration for multiple output options.
- Neck/Middle/Bridge position models will have the same output, wind direction and magnetic polarity.
- Middle RwRP position (reverse wind/reverse polarity) – choose this to have a pickup that will be hum-cancelling with one of our neck or bridge models.
- All sets, except the Jimi Hendrix signature model, come with a Middle RWRP as the Middle Pickup.
- Tapped- High output models may have a “tap” option available. An additional lead wire is placed midway through the coil wind, allowing wiring to a push-pull pot or mini-toggle switch to give an additional vintage output level option.