Strats and reverse bridge pup angle...your thoughts?

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Strats and reverse bridge pup angle...your thoughts?

Postby Freedom on Wed May 06, 2009 10:30 am

I've read somewhere that Leo choose the angled bridge position (thinner string pup poles closer to the bridge, thicker string pup poles away from the bridge) because at that time the amps were pretty dark sounding so by doing that he gave the chance to the strat users to have a more sparkling sound when choosing the bridge pick up...

Anyway, i was wondering if anyone has experienced how the same bridge pickup (signle coil that is) sounds on the same guitar (strat i guess) when it's been installed with the classic way and the reverse bridge angle...

I guess its a shot in the dark cause it requires a SSH routing body (or at least thats the easy way) and a new pickguard with the correct bridge pup angle, but what the heck you never know... ;)

Thanks in advance guys.


PS: lets leave out of the discussion the reversed poles pups, i am only intrested in the reverse angle of the bridge pick up
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Re: Strats and reverse bridge pup angle...your thoughts?

Postby Baron Von Machinenmann on Wed May 06, 2009 10:32 am

I had always read that it was purely aesthetic....... :dunno:

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Re: Strats and reverse bridge pup angle...your thoughts?

Postby Noel on Thu May 07, 2009 4:53 pm

I'm normally not really a single coil Strat guy; well I've had a few. But I played a bud's Hendrix Strat, the right-handed one with the reverse bridge setup, and I gotta say, the reverse angle really worked.
Go figure. Listen to the Hendrix, especially "In the West" and "Band of Gypsies" LPs, and you can really hear how that reverse bridge PU thang gave a nice 'karang' that I normally don't hear in a strat. I bring up those 2 live LP/CDs because there are a few times you can hear the bridge without the Fuzz Face on. Sounds really nice and full vs. a regular Strat. If I ever do get (or build) a Strat, I'm going to get one with the reverse angle bridge PU.
I think Leo, in '52-3 angled the PU that direction to get more steel sounds out of a guitar.

A/B in the same guitar, I couldn't tell you. You'd have to route the cavity to do the reverse (unless you used a universal route). That would likely taint the A/B comparison somewhat. Strats seem to be finicky about wood. Ask the Strat guys how different their Alder and Swamp Ash Strats are.
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Re: Strats and reverse bridge pup angle...your thoughts?

Postby 52Boomer on Thu May 07, 2009 5:46 pm

There is a Fender Artist Series Stratocaster with the reverse angled pickup. :arrow:

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Re: Strats and reverse bridge pup angle...your thoughts?

Postby dean on Thu May 07, 2009 7:49 pm

I have never done this with a Strat, but I have used left-handed bridges on Teles with good results. Reversing the angle yields more articulation on the low end and warms up the treble side.
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Re: Strats and reverse bridge pup angle...your thoughts?

Postby GuitarBob on Mon May 18, 2009 10:14 pm

Always sounded like a better idea to me too.
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