ERA-AUTHENTIC 50’S SOUND, INSTALLED.
Real 54’s are true to the original 50’s specifications of Fender Stratocaster pickups. These pickups are for those looking for true ’50s sound for their Stratocaster. Real 54’s are like Vintage Hots in the way we wind them, but we use AlNiCo III magnets instead of AlNiCo V’s. This gives Real 54’s a brighter, more delicate tone. Also, players can get the pickup close to the strings without the pickup pulling the strings out of tune. Real 54’s are great for anyone looking to balance out a dark-sounding guitar.
Vintage 50’s Fender specifications
Clean, clear, bright and glassy, with dynamic mids
- Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
USA-made Alnico 3 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
- RW/RP Middle Pickup for Hum-Cancelling in positions 2 & 4
Two magnet staggers available for different fingerboard radiuses
Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
Real 54’s have a nice “glassiness” to them, with a lot of top-end sparkle. These pickups have a lot of clarity when playing single-notes, or chords. From clean to high-gain, expect the tone to cut-through. Real 54’s are also great for players who use a lot of effects pedals, as the pickup also cuts through. Real 54’s offer a transparent tone and won’t color the sound of your guitar too much. We recommend adding a Baseplate to the bridge position, for added thickness.
Finally, these Vintage Strat Pickups are for those who are not happy with the tone from stock pickups. These tend to be sweeter-sounding, not aggressive. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.
It all starts with the love and care we put into our pickups. Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our Real 54’s consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 3 Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup, and prevent microphonics.
- What Magnet Stagger Do I Use? This all depends on your fingerboard radius. If you have a 7.25 – 10in Radius, we recommend going with Stock Stagger. If you have a flatter or compound radius, go with Hybrid stagger.
- What’s the difference between Real 54’s and Vintage Hots? Real 54’s use Alnico 3 Magnets instead of Alnico 5, giving them a little more midrange bounce and top-end glassiness.
- How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string. Ideal starting location should be 1/8? on the bass string, and 1/16? on the treble string, when the High E string is pushed down at highest fret.
- Wiring Diagrams? Here!