Vintage ’57 Specials


Bell-like tones for maple ‘board projects.

Think: Mellow Alnico III tones with beautiful clarity and touch sensitivity.

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Wound as carefully as possible to recreate those classic Californian Pickups of the 1950s, the Vintage ’57 Specials’ Alnico 3 Magnets have been hand bevelled to match the originals’ aesthetic quality. Using 42 Gauge Heavy Formvar wire and wound to the original output, the Vintage 57s give a fatter twang than our modern set and have a muscly musicality to them whilst retaining a warm glassy tone. Perfect for maple fingerboard instruments.



  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered Alnico 3 Magnets
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Heavy Formvar Wire
  • Vintage Spec Output: 5.8k (N), 5.8k (M), 5.9k (B)
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire
  • Black Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose
  • Pickups Wax Potted to reduce Microphonic Feedback
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers
  • Pickups come with modern style Strat covers as standard. Options to add our hand bevelled Relic’ed covers via the menu
  • Choice of Reverse Wound Reverse Polarity Middle Pickup for hum cancelling in Positions 2 and 4 or ‘Vintage Spec non RWRP’


Listen to the Vintage ’57 Specials Stratocaster Set


Delivery By default all of our pickups are shipped with Royal Mail who we find to be excellent both within the UK and Internationally. Their rates enable us to offer prices that are very reasonable for our customers and the timeframe is great for the vast majority of countries. We find that, once despatched, Royal Mail tend to take 1 working day within the UK, 2/3 working days within the EU, 4/5 working days to North America and Worldwide. These are guidelines and of course some countries differ and the level of ‘officiousness’ in customs departments differs massively worldwide. If ordering from a country which is notorious for taking a while to process imported goods (we can think of a few!) please build this into your expectation on the timeframe after despatch. How long will it take to make? As a small pickup maker handmaking within an extremely busy workshop we expect to complete all pickups sets within 16-20 working days (Relic’ed orders 5 days longer). We sometimes work quicker than those timeframes and we’ll always endeavour to finish your pickups as quick as we are able to of course. We can sometimes process a rush order if you have an upcoming, important concert or perhaps if you are buying for a relative’s birthday etc - feel free to message and we’ll always see what we can do.