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Who has put a baseplate on their strat pickup?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Bruxist, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA
    Thinking about doing this with the bridge pups on my strats.

    Wanted to hear directly from some folks who have tried it, what brand you used, caveats, etc.


  2. joealso

    joealso Tele-Meister

    Dec 25, 2012
    East Haddam, CT
    My Fralin SP-43 bridge pickup came with a base plate. I can't say what it might have sounded like without, but I do love the sound and 2 others guitar players have commented positively about it too - both unprompted. Sounds very much like a P-90 to my ears. Full and beefy but crisp.
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  3. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2009
    New York
    Added one to a tonerider surfari bridge pickup. Just a piece of steel (zinc plated?) I found laying around, which was just large enough to cover all 6 polepieces. A bit thicker than the standard strat baseplate you can get on the web, too.

    I also have a Klein custom strat pickup in the neck of my tele which has a steel baseplate.

    FWIW, both these pickups are equipped with weaker grade Alnico 3 magnets.
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  4. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    I put one from Callaham on my '57 AVRI Strat. The effect is there, but it is subtle. Definitely a step in the right direction, regardless.
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  5. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I put one from Callaham on my strat bridge pickup last year, with the intent of cutting the highs a bit and fattening up the tone. When I first tried it out, I thought I heard a slight difference. But later, I decided that I heard no real difference but wanted to hear a difference because I just got done working on it and didn't want to consider my time wasted. I ended up replacing that pickup with an overwound pickup and have been happy with it ever since.
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  6. LowCaster

    LowCaster Tele-Holic

    Jan 24, 2011
    Paris, France
    Same her. I did buy a Fralin baseplate to put under a Seymour Duncan SSL1 (vintage strat). I don't hear a major difference against the other pickups of the set (SSL1s too), nothing that could not be caused by heigth or position, but it doesn't harm the tone either. It will stay in there and I forget it.

    No caveats, it's easy.

    If you want a real change, swap one pickup with something hotter.
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  7. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    I have no plans to take mine off, but I do think I need to wire that pickup to a tone pot to really get what I was after.

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    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    The Fezzter Maverick bridge pickup for my Strat came with one.
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  9. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Just put a Tele bridge pickup(minus the ashtray of course) in the bridge position of your Strat. Alvin Youngblood Hart has a Strat like that and it sounds fantastic.

  10. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Pretty sure my Fralin Vintage Hot set came with a plate on the bridge. It's my son's guitar now, so I can't easily check.

    Those Fralins are some very sweet-sounding pickups!
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  11. LAGinz

    LAGinz Tele-Meister

    Sep 27, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Got one with my Rumpelstiltskin pre-CBS set. Sound just incredible. Somewhat thicker sounding than original American Std. Set, but still firmly within Strat territory.
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  12. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Something just came to mind: I will say, even if it may not make the bridge pickup sound a ton different on its own, I think it definitely improves the sound of the bridge-middle setting.
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  13. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    I did my own plate years ago on a MIJ 60s RI with alnico pickups, just used a piece of hacksaw blade and glued it on with some silicone.
    Seemed to make a difference but not that much.
    I have a Fralin baseplate that I may install the next time I change strings on my Strat which has Fralin Vintage Hot pickups.
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  14. jimbo735

    jimbo735 Tele-Holic

    Sep 19, 2011
    I did, gave a little more sumptin to it!
    Mine was hand made by me just to experiment.the pickup is actually a old Dimarzio strat pickup from way back in the 80,s.It thickened some but wasn't a giant difference might be the steel I used but there was a difference specially when cranked.
    I think it can be a good thing.
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  15. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Jan 12, 2013
    Virginia Beach, VA
    If I attached a rectangle of thin steel with a hole for the pickup underneath the pick guard at the bridge on a Strat, would it approximate the effect of a Tele bridge plate in terms of focusing and thickening the sound? Or would it introduce some detrimental effect to the properties of the pickup? This could be done temporarily with something like contact cement.
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  16. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    A hacksaw blade probably doesn't have enough mass to make much difference. Put that Fralin on.
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  17. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Put 'em both on. :cool:
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  18. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2006
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Nice idea! Can't hurt it. Why don't you give it a try.
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    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Lowell George also did this in the 70's.
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  20. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Friend of Leo's

    Dec 21, 2004
    central ky
    I have the baseplate on a strat bridge, but the guitar is a hardtail, so I have no idea. it sounds pretty good.

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