For guitarists who prefer lighter strings or play guitars with flatter fretboards, the flat Alnico 5 rod magnets provide a nice even string balance, and really help to punch up the sound of light-gauge guitar strings without losing the sparkle that makes a Strat sound so unique.
The Custom Flat for Strat is a specially overwound single-coil that strikes the perfect balance between increased output, and bouncy Stratocaster tonal character. Your single notes will sound bold, and your solos will really sing. The middle position Custom Flat RWRP for Stratocaster uses the same flat hand-ground Alnico 5 rod magnets and special high-output coil winding as the standard version, but is made reverse wound/reverse polarity to provide noiseless operation when combined with the neck or bridge pickups in positions 2 and 4. On its own, it will give you the same balanced, beefed up, and punchy tone as the standard wound model.
Use a full set of Custom Flat Strat pickups for an extra big-sounding Strat, or use a Custom Flat in the bridge position with a pair of Vintage Flats in the neck and middle for a more versatile setup. These bobbins are hand built with Forbon, dipped in lacquer then wound and wax potted for squeal-free performance. We use modern oval Forbon flatwork (non-triangular), which enables this medium-output Stratocaster pickup to fit into any guitar that is routed for single-coils.
- Neck/Middle/Bridge position models will have the same output, wind direction and magnetic polarity.
- Middle RwRP position (reverse wind/reverse polarity) – choose this to have a pickup that will be hum-cancelling with one of our neck or bridge models.
- All sets, except the Jimi Hendrix signature model, come with a Middle RWRP as the Middle Pickup.