Excellent Cheap Alnico 5 Strat Pickups(Amazon/AliExpress)

Discussion in 'Pickup Joint' started by Hal Nico, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    Nice playin bro
     
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  2. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Squier-Meister

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  3. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Supporting Member

    Again, it sounds excellent. I like a lot of compression on some songs.
     
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  4. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Squier-Nut

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    Thanks for the demos, they sound great.
     
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  5. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Squier-Meister

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    I had a little trouble with the,"B" string poles being a bit too extreme in the Stagger. I defeated this.

    I couldn't find any small washers but remembered that I had some Metal punches in my garage and that some of our old UK Coinage( 1 penny 2 penny) are made of Cupronickel alloy which is magnetic/conductive.

    Punched a couple out and dressed them up with some emery/Grit paper. The cheap Alnico 5 pickups I've just put on have the, "Vintage" Stagger and luckily only the," B" string it low in volume.

    I've fitted them better now and glued them in place . As I love these pickups and even though they are were cheap I didn't want to risk pushing the poles up and ruining them




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    They can be heard now on this latest demo,

     
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  6. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-holic

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    Really cool to know. I've found out about the Fleor brand last year, which you can get on eBay, Amazon and perhaps Ali Express, which sells sets of Alico V staggered pole pickups for less than $30 a set and they're amazing.

    I've already bought several other repro parts off that same brand and it's all pretty good quality and incredibly cheap. Definitely recommend it for everyone on a tight budget looking for "legit" quality parts.
     
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  7. Davepig

    Davepig Squier Talker

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    Dec 3, 2020
    Aldershot (UK)
    Try PMB(PMB Hobbies) pickups in the UK - great cost-effective pickups. Got one(neck) in my Classic vibe Tele)
     
  8. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Squier-Meister

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    £17 for one pickup. I only paid £20 for a full set but thanks anyway :)
     
  9. DougMen

    DougMen Dr. Squier

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    You know, a lot of those good cheap Chinese alnico sets come in staggered and flat pole versions.
     
  10. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-holic

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    Nice playing. Sounds great.
     
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  11. Geode

    Geode Squier-holic

    Nov 30, 2020
    MB, SC
    Brilliant..!!
    Sounds like you've got 'em balanced... but, you can tell
    when you kick in that 'bugger..!!
     
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  12. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Squier-Meister

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    Yes and in hindsight I wish I had replaced the Flat poles I took off with like-for-like but as these sound so good as-is it's a small fix I'm willing to take :)

    There is also a difference in Vintage staggers between a lot of pickups so in future I'm going to stick to Flat Poles as I think VS are pretty much redundant or at least for me :)
     
  13. DougMen

    DougMen Dr. Squier

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    I have some Strats with staggered and some with flat, and I honestly don't really hear much of a difference in string balance. If I played you a recording of one vs. the other using the same settings of amp and pedal, you wouldn't be able to tell which was which.
     
  14. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Squier-Meister

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    I agree to a point. Live on-stage and or at volume through an amp it's not such a problem but when recording, especially in a very quiet environment using amp modelling and my sensitivity it is a problem that had to be addressed :)

    I don't have OCD but if one of the cylinders on my 1999 Suzuki SV650 V-Twin Motorcycle misses sparking more than once on a ride I have to cure it ;-)

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