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Stratocaster Pickups


ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat

Following months of careful and considered development, we are extremely proud of our ID:Chris Buck Signature Strat set. Developed and voiced for the superb Chris Buck of ‘Buck and Evans’, this set is the first to feature our unique ‘ID’ (Increased Dynamics) twist on pickup making. Rather than featuring a coil which has been entirely wax potted to protect from microphonic feedback, these pickups have an unpotted inner core of wire. The result? A huge increase in playing dynamics and character of tone whilst still retaining the look and feel of vintage pickups and protection from feedback thanks to the outer layer of wax potted winds. Voiced and wound to Chris’ specifications, the ID:CBs perfectly compliment Chris’ unique and gorgeous ‘pick and fingers’ playing style. This set offers superb balance across all five strat positions and unrivalled sweetness in Chris’ favoured ‘inbetween’ positions whilst also offering a beefy Tele-like growl in position 1 thanks to a boosted bridge pickup output and the addition of our unique ‘Tele-fit’ steel baseplate. A real step forward in our own art of pickup development and we're very happy to announce that the ID:Chris Buck Strat Set was awarded a rave review and 'Choice Award' in the June 2018 Edition of UK's The Guitar Magazine.
  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered Alnico 5 Magnets.
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Heavy Formvar Wire.
  • Vintage Spec Output: 6k (N), 6k (M), 6.5k (B).
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire.
  • Black Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose.
  • Unique Radioshop 'ID' wax potting procedure to reduce Microphonic Feedback whilst boosting clarity and dynamics.
  • Radioshop 'Tele-fit' Strat Bridge Baseplate.
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers - see our colour options here.
  • See our 'ID' Explained section for more info.

Buy ID Chris Buck Signature Strat Single

Single Price: £83




Buy ID Chris Buck Signature Strat Set

Set Price: £240

Bridge, Middle and Neck




The ‘ID:63GT’ Strat Set

A very exciting new set here at the workshop, the ID:63GT Strat set is the ultimate representation of the Radioshop Philosophy of respecting the classics whilst offering subtle innovations and refinements. We feel we've made a set which is our statement in pickup making - vintage inspired tones yet with an even further level of attention to detail to squeeze even more from this classic design. We're especially excited because this set offers 4 innovations that no other pickup maker is offering:
  • Each polepiece is the same size using our unique 'Stagger Through' approach giving even string to string response
  • Orderable in a choice of 3 custom radius staggers to suit your fingerboard exactly or in 'Vintage Adjusted' stagger to retain a more traditional aesthetic (see pictures)
  • Features our 'ID' reduced wax potting technique to boost clarity and touch responsiveness
  • New slotted 'Tele-fit' baseplate for Tele like oomph from the bridge pickup
The ID:63GT set delivers classic Strat tones from its 60s spec Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnet compliment, has superb balance and also plenty of gas in the tank for those overdriven moments thanks to its subtly boosted output. Tonally think ID:Chris Buck but in 'Vintage Hot' flavour and you're not far off! A lot of fun to play - a set we just can't stop playing at the moment!
  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered Alnico 5 Magnets - each pole piece the same height for even string to string response.
  • Choice of Custom stagger to suit your fingerboard exactly - Vintage Adjusted, 7.25", 9.5" or 12" Radius.
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Heavy Formvar Wire.
  • Vintage Spec Output: 6.2k (N), 6.2k (M), 6.7k (B).
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire.
  • Black Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose.
  • Unique Radioshop 'ID' wax potting procedure to reduce Microphonic Feedback whilst boosting clarity and dynamics..
  • New Radioshop slotted 'Tele-fit' Strat Bridge Baseplate.
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers - see our colour options here.
  • See our 'ID' Explained section for more info.

Buy ID:63GT Strat Single

Single Price: £90





Buy ID:63GT Strat Set

Set Price: £260

Bridge, Middle and Neck





Case Study ’63 Strat Set (CS 63s) – Relic / Non Relic

We are very proud to announce the arrival of our Case Study 63 Strat Set. The CS 63s are an exact case study and recreation of an actual 1963 Set we were lucky enough to be able to borrow and analyse. When a knock comes on the front door and a friend is standing there with a ’63 Strat, most would be reaching for the standby switch on their favourite amp. Well we did too, but the pickup making geeks in us also scrambled for our multimeters and vernier gauges (we’re old school!). Granted the honour of removing the pickups to measure every aspect of them, there was much scribbling on notepads as we studied every aspect of the magic in front of us. What we have now in this set of pickups is an exact recreation of that stunning set we analysed. The polepieces have the same height, diameter and stagger down to a tenth of millimetre. The output, bobbin height, wire choice - everything is faithful to that set. We believe it’s the closest you can get to that fabled 60s tone for your project and it gives that gorgeous, pure, bell-like Strat tone that SRV, Frusciante, Hendrix et al used to shape their signature tones. This resulting set of CS 63s is a stupendously good Strat Set - click on the ‘Watch’ tab (right) to hear the incredible Chris Buck putting them up against other sets in a roundup video. To us there was only one winner that day - the other sets sounded fantastic, but the CS 63s just added that extra nuanced detail that so many of us seek. Please click below to order your set in non relic or relic flavour and feel free to add a set of our hand aged knobs and tips to your order to nail that vintage vibe in its entirety for your guitar. NB the CS 63 carries a build time of 3 weeks in non relic version and 4 weeks for relic’ed sets.
  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered Alnico 5 Magnets.
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Heavy Formvar Wire.
  • Vintage Output: 5.9k (N), 5.9k (M), 6.1k (B).
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire.
  • Black Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose.
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers (all options).
  • Option to upgrade to Relic'ed pickups set with relic'ed polepieces, covers and screws.
  • Option to add our hand aged knobs incl. aged Switch tip and Vibrato Arm Tip.

Buy CS ’63 Strat Set

Set Price: £285

Bridge, Middle and Neck





ID:Evolution Strat

Our new 'evolutionary' take on the classic Strat pickup design. Delivering 'vintage humbucker' output and drive courtesy of the subtly enlarged magnets and increased winds, the ID:Evolution Strat set gives all of that much loved bell-like Strat tone with none of the tone darkening of other 'hot' pickups.
  • Subtly increased diameter and height Alnico V Magnets appear the same as regular Strat polepieces from above and fit into standard 52mm spaced pickup covers
  • Increased copper winds boost output to a more 'vintage humbucker' style 7.2k Neck and Middle and 7.8k Bridge with none of the usual darkening of tone thanks to the increased magnetic response of the pickup
  • Wound with 42 AWG Black Plain Enamel wire, giving that classic late '60s and '70s Hard Rock vibe yet with tons of clarity for clean work too
  • The ID:Evolution features our unique 'ID' (Increased Dynamics) wax potting reduction innovation giving increased playing dynamics and boosted clarity from your Strat's tone
  • No more annoying volume jumps when changing from a humbucking to single coil equipped guitar on stage!
  • Features our unique 'Tele-fit' baseplate giving increased grit, growl and bass response in the bridge position
  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered 5.25mm Diameter Alnico 5 Magnets.
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Black Plain Enamel Wire.
  • Output: 7.2k (N), 7.2k (M), 7.8k (B).
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire.
  • Black Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose.
  • Unique Radioshop 'ID' wax potting procedure to reduce Microphonic Feedback whilst boosting clarity and dynamics. (Also available fully wax potted for super high gain applications upon request)
  • Radioshop 'Tele-fit' Strat Bridge Baseplate.
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers - see our colour options here.
  • See our 'ID' Explained section for more info.


Buy ID Evolution Strat Single

Single Price: £90




Buy ID Evolution Strat Set

Set Price: £260

Bridge, Middle and Neck




ID:Chris Buck ’57s

A subtle twist on our best selling ID:Chris Buck signature Strat set, the ID:CB '57s feature hand bevelled Alnico III magnets and are specially voiced to give that classic, sought after 'Californian' maple fingerboard Strat tone. As with our original ID:Chris Buck set, the ID:CB '57s feature an unpotted inner core of winds delivering a huge increase in playing dynamics, presence and character of tone over other makers' pickups. This set also features our own design 'Tele-fit' baseplate in the bridge position to offer extra bass and beef from the bridge pickup position. Perfect for smokey, bar-room blues and a myriad of other styles both vintage and modern, check out Chris' wonderful playing of this set in our workshop G&L Legacy by clicking on the 'Watch' Tab above.
  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered Alnico 3 Magnets.
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Heavy Formvar Wire.
  • Vintage Spec Output: 6k (N), 6k (M), 6.5k (B).
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire.
  • Black Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose.
  • Unique Radioshop 'ID' wax potting procedure to reduce Microphonic Feedback whilst boosting clarity and dynamics..
  • Radioshop 'Tele-fit' Strat Bridge Baseplate.
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers - see our colour options here.
  • See our 'ID' Explained section for more info.

Buy ID Chris Buck ’57s Strat Single

Single Price: £83




Buy ID Chris Buck ’57s Strat Set

Set Price: £240

Bridge, Middle and Neck




Vintage ’63 Specials

We were fortunate enough to be able to borrow an original ’63 Strat to help us design our Vintage Set and we’re extremely satisfied with how close the aesthetics and tone match the originals. The ’63 Specials are perfect if you want to match a multitude of classic tones with accurate authenticity – everything from Dick Dale Surf to Jimi’s beautiful Red House tone is possible with these pickups depending on your choice of amp and settings. Twang and sweetness are present in spades while also delivering a stunning breakup through crunchier valve amps.
  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered Alnico 5 Magnets.
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Heavy Formvar Wire.
  • Vintage Spec Output: 6k (N), 6k (M), 6.2k (B).
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire.
  • Black Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose.
  • Pickups Wax Potted to reduce Microphonic Feedback.
  • Magnet degaussing to reproduce light ageing available on request.
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers - see our colour options here.

Buy Vintage ’63 Specials Single

Single Price: £80




Buy Vintage ’63 Specials Set

Set Price: £230

Bridge, Middle and Neck




Vintage ’57 Specials

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.
  • Magnet degaussing to reproduce light ageing available on request.
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers - see our colour options here.


Buy Vintage ’57 Specials Single

Single Price: £80




Buy Vintage ’57 Specials Set

Set Price: £230

Bridge, Middle and Neck




‘The Montereys’

'The Montereys' are our take on the late sixties era of Strat Pickups both in appearance and tone. Featuring period correct Black Enamel Wire, Black and Grey Bobbins and Alnico 5 Staggered Magnets 'The Montereys' have proved a massive hit in our workshop. Far from just looking different to other Strat pickups, they have a mellow sweetness to the treble strings and 'plonky' twang to the bass strings which screams for the more relaxed bluesy playing of the late 'Gypsies' era of the man who inspired this set. With slightly less pronounced mid response than our '63s, anything from funky scratch to bluesy rock playing is possible here.
  • Hand Bevelled, Vintage Staggered Alnico 5 Magnets.
  • Handwound with 42 AWG Black Plain Enamel.
  • Vintage Spec Output: 6k (N), 6k (M), 6.2k (B).
  • Vintage Cloth Hook-up wire.
  • Black and Grey Fibreboard Bobbins dipped in Nitrocellulose.
  • Pickups Wax Potted to reduce Microphonic Feedback.
  • Magnet degaussing to reproduce light ageing available on request.
  • Pickups supplied with Covers, Screws and Spacers - see our colour options here.


Buy ‘Montereys’ Single Pickup

Single Price: £80




Buy ‘Montereys’ Pickup Set

Set Price: £230

Bridge, Middle and Neck




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