Stratocaster Vintage Guitar Pickups

Stratocaster Origin Mixed Alnico Guitar Pickups

“…New for 2016………..” Stratocaster Origin Mixed Alnico:  The Ironstone Stratocaster Origin Mixed Alnico pickups at a glance: “………New for August 2016……….” Pickup resistance ( +/- 5%); Bridge 6.4K, Middle & Neck 6.09K Mixed magnets, fibre bobbins, push back wiring..a vintage treat.Read More...

Stratocaster Silver Alnico V Guitar Pickups

Stratocaster Pickups
“And well, it really IS a strat now! I was just looking for something a bit less ‘dull’ than the original pups, but was blown away by these things….I can get a ridiculously convincing ‘little wing’Read More...

Stratocaster Gold Alnico V Guitar Pickups

Stratocaster Pickups
“I honestly don’t know how you do them at this price – £30 EACH would still be a bargain” Stratocaster Gold Alnico V:  The Ironstone Stratocaster Gold Alnico V pickups at a glance: “MATE how good are theseRead More...

Stratocaster Platinum Alnico V Guitar Pickups

Stratocaster Pickups
“just wanted to say, the p/ups arrived really quickly, & I got them fitted by the fine luthier at the local music shop, & took the guitar to the gig last night & it truly rocked!Read More...

Stratocaster Hybrid Alnico V Guitar Pickups

Stratocaster Pickups
“…your (Hybrid) pups are so good it’s almost criminal” “Well I’ve fitted the hybrid pups into my Fender Strat and OMG, what an unbelievable difference, they are simply awesome” Stratocaster Hybrid Alnico V:  The Ironstone Stratocaster Hybrid Alnico VRead More...

Stratocaster Sound Clips

Stratocaster Pickups
Ironstone provide a wide selection of Stratocaster sound clips (as well as videos) for you to browse through. Guitar pickup tone is often a very personal preference. If you are primarily a ‘single coil’ player whoRead More...

Best Stratocaster Pickups

Stratocaster Pickups
If you are trying to emulate a particular guitarists tone, the best Stratocaster pickups for that tone are critical to achieving the best starting point. Modern effects boxes and amplifier modelling units / software can doRead More...

Stratocaster Technical Specifications

Stratocaster Pickups
A set of shared Stratocaster technical specifications delivers warm vintage tones as a common tonal theme across the Ironstone Strat designs. This is aimed at generating the tones associated with early Strat designs and players. So expect yourRead More...

Stratocaster Guitar Pickups: Summary of styles

Ironstone's Stratocaster Guitar Pickups collection features 5 styles, each with its own character and each one tailored to particular styles. In summary these are:

Silver grade – Classic rock tones:

The Alnico V 7.2K 'Hot' Bridge and 5.9K neck and middle configuration is particularly suited to playing that emphasizes warm, Blues or ‘rock’ styles but with the added grunt of the higher Bridge output when you want it.

 Gold grade – Clean 60's & Shadows tones:

Classic Alnico vintage tones in all positions. Featuring slightly over-wound 5.7K Bridge & Neck with 5.4K Middle is designed to give especially clean warm tones, so great for playing that aims to capture those vintage classic Blues or ‘clean’ styles.

 Platinum Grade – High output rock + good Cleans:

Benefitting from hotter pickups in the middle and neck (7.4 / 7.3K) and a real spanking hot rod in the bridge (8.4K) position. This combination of higher resistance Alnico V pickups is particularly suited to playing styles that emphasize gritty higher output Classic Rock or dirty Blues tones, yet are still able to produce silky smooth warm tones when dialled back a little.

Hybrid Grade – 'The sound of an Era’:

With a combination of a huge 9.1K bridge and 7.7K middle and neck, the Hybrids are designed to capture the tones of the Fender late 60's early 70's Strat era. Add the vintage style pole piece stagger and 43 AWG windings as the Texas Specials and you have a very meaty pickups set with great sensitivity. Think artists of the era like Hendrix, Gallagher and Trower and you will get an idea of the tone range these are aimed at.

Ironstone Origin – 'The tones from when modern music began’:

The Origin pickups aim to reproduce the classic bright clean tones of the early 50's and 60's Stratocasters. Due in part to entirely vintage construction; Fibre bobbins, push back wiring and 42AWG wiring. A 6.4K bridge and 6.0K middle and neck complete the traditional spec. But the modern twist is the use of a mixture of Alnico V and 3 magnets, in a unique combination for each pickup. That's the sort of innovation normally only found on very expensive 'boutique' pickups.

"I played a gig with your alternate spec Hybrid strat pickups the other day and I was pleasantly surprised. We arrived at the gig quite late so had to play without having a soundcheck. I was a bit worried as my amp and pedals were all set up for use with my (absolutely cracking) Custom Shop strat. It usually takes a bit of tweaking to get a sound I’m comfortable with, but on this occasion it was a case of plugging in and starting the set straight away! Guess what …. The hybrids were great. They had a great springy sound, with the top end cutting through nicely. They have the classic strat sound that reminds me of the earlier strat sounds of rock. I’ve noticed too that the strings on the strat actually sound brighter and newer than they did with a set of Bareknuckle pups with the same strings! (yes – too tight to change the strings when I changed the pups!). Great – very versatile pups. I’m really glad I got them – the guitar feels more alive and resonant now (Maybe it’s because your pups have less of a magnetic pull on the strings than the high output Bareknuckles?). Great buy – I look forward to my next bash!",
"Got the Hybrids and Tele set today, thanks. The Hybrids are quite simply superb.  Incredibly versatile.  I use a a Duo Tone set up and the cleans with no load at all are incredible.  Then you ramp them up and they go beserk; as you back them off you can get just about anything you could possibly want.  There’ll be a set of Duncans and some Tex Mexs on Ebay soon if anyone’s interested. Off to monster up the Tele now!",
"These (Platinums) are the 2nd set of pups I've bought from you. First purchase (hybrids) was based on your price, customer feedback and extensive explanation of what you make and what you sell. All this was info was lacking from other products in the same price range.. I currently own 3 strats and have probably had another half dozen thru my hands over the past 30yrs. I also worked in guitar retail after leaving school. Here is the point - your're pick ups are amazing (well the hybrid ones I first purchased). I'm discovering tones that Ive only heard on the classic hendrix/gilmour/SRV recordings and never discovered on any of the strats ive owned. I cannot rate them highly enough, cannot over state just how good the range of tones is and am fully set to upgrade all my strats to your pups over coming months. I've spent £50-90 upgrading single pups (not sets) before now, and been less impressed. I wish you the very best in the future - and I expect to be hearing more references to your brand in the future.",
"Just to let you know that I did my first gig with these pickups last week with my blues band.......really good, well impressed with them. I have played Strats Gibsons and other high end guitar through Fender amps for nearly 40 years, and have never had such a good sound for the blues lead solos for single coils !!. I put them into a new Tokai TST50.....£650 quid against nearly £2000 for my custom strat........",
"Just to let you know how I got on installing the Hybrid pups. I dug out my Korean Squier Strat Deluxe from its case where its been untouched for the last sixteen years.The guitar is still in immaculate condition. After a few adjustments and a new set of strings the tone was a bit thin for my liking., so I thought I would get some better pups. Found your site, bought some Hybrids and fitting was a breeze. Plugged in, turned on the power and COWABUNGA!!! I am absolutely blown away by the variety and quality of tones I can achieve. The guitar has become alive, I can`t put it down. For me they cover the whole spectrum of tones I need, Hank Marvin, the Ventures, Buddy Hollie, Chuck Berry, Mark Knopfler, SRV, Gary Moore and Slash to name but a few. I am absolutely delighted and can highly recommend these pickups. Regards from a highly satisfied customer.",

A Selection Of Stratocaster Customer Comments:

"Better than Squier, better than Mex Strat, easily as good as a vintage USA Strat"

"Very good pickups! more detailed than my Wilko alnico', similar to my iron gear"
"These pick-ups are simply awsome, they give a fantastic tone, excellent seller!"
"Great tone. Squier strat now has real character. Many thanks."
"Brilliant pups, transformed a cheap Gould into a vintage F****R. A1++++++++++++"
"£50 Strat copy now sounds like real deal - clear, warm, full & with sustain! A+"
"These pick-ups are so good, I will not shop elsewhere for my custom builds A++++"
"Really Happy with these pickups great clarity compared to the squires pickups"
"Swift despatch, great comms and the pups are simply superb. Recommended seller."
"Quality Quality Quality! Brilliant Item, Great Comms Very Highly Recommended!"
....... thanks for pups, which exceed my hopes! I've got a nameless strat copy and I've been using Squier strat pickups and circuitry. All the (Ironstone) pickups offer not only more gain, but more colour through the tones. There is more attack on the base end, less mud more wood, more subtlety in between, and the trebles penetrate well without a hint of being tinkly - more bell-like especially on the bridge. I will use the bridge much more now because the Squier one was scratchy and tinny to my ear. The middle on its own is smooth all the way through, and more shading. ... Also, it seems as if the old guitar has more SUSTAIN - surely can't be the pups!?? (Ironstone note; these Alnico V pups have more sensitivity than cheaper ceramics so are able to 'hold on' to string vibrations longer). These would be worth having at three times the price, but a real gift at present price. Just the job for budget-conscious guitarists who crave quality and know how to use it. Keep on soldering those Anicos!
As I play in a band that does a lot of Shadows type music, I get loads of folk asking about my lead guitar sound and how it's achieved, particularly about pickups and echo machines, but  lately I have been concerned about the trend of folks thinking that £249.00 set's of pickups are the answer, which clearly isn't the case. I have had the opportunity to test most of what is on offer in that price range and for the hell of it I bought a set of your Vintage Strat pickups about three months ago and tried them on a MIJ Premium Strat with great success.
Here's a link to a video (see the Gold sound clips page) someone took of me playing a couple of Shadows tracks 'Man Of Mystery' (bridge pickup) and 'The Frightened City' (middle pickup) - the pickups are fitted to a £99.00 Johnson guitar which has a MDF body. I fitted my own neck to the guitar for ease of playing, but you should be proud of the sound of those pickups, they nail it as it was  back in 1961 SPOT ON!

One purchaser has compared Ironstone pickups favourably with Wilkinson Alnico vintage pups which retail around twice the price of these.

Another said "they were ace ..crystal clear, but when needed to grunt they were there“

And a Squier upgrader..."I replaced my old squier pups with your replacements, my god what a transformation it has made, its turned this tired old korean/jap strat into a new monster, they bloomin great! Excellent reproduction, great crunchy vibes on middle pickup, fantastic finger picking on bridge pickup, and lovely mellow tones on neck pickup“

Finally, "These pickups are simply brilliant. Sparkling high end, defined mids and punchy bottom end. Excellent for the price!"