"And well, it really IS a Strat now. I was looking for something a little less 'dull' than the original pups, but was blown away by these things....I can get a rediculously convincing Little Wing"
"I honestly don't know how you do them at this price - £30 each would still be a bargain"
"Just wanted to say the pickups arrived really quickly, and I got them fitted by the fine Luthier at the local music shop, & took the guitar to the gig last night, & it truely rocked!"
"....your (Hybrid) pups are so good its almost criminal" "Well I've fitted the Hybrid pups into my Fender Strat and OMG, what an unbelieveable difference, they are simply awesome."
Strat Sound Clips (Stratocaster)
Ironstone provide a wide selection of Strat sound clips, as well as videos for you to browse through.
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 your Ironstone Strat pickups to share the same beveled edge Alnico V pole pieces, whatever style you choose. They also commonly feature very low noise screened audio grade cable for the best possible electrical noise performance, a common issue with single coil pickup designs. Click here for more.
Stratocaster Guitar Pickups
Stratocaster Guitar Pickups: Summary of styles
Ironstone's Stratocaster Guitar Pickups collection features 4 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’:
Please note this is a discontinued product as of mid 2020
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.
Replacement cover sets for the Ironstone Stratocaster range are also available in White, Cream (Aged White), or Black. These enable easy updating of guitar colour schemes or when moving pickups to another guitar body. See Stratocaster pickup covers
A Selection Of Stratocaster Customer Comments:
"Better than Squier, better than Mex Strat, easily as good as a vintage USA Strat"
One purchaser has compared Ironstone pickups favourably with Wilkinson Alnico vintage pups which retail around twice the price of these.
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“