Which Bootstrap Strat Pickups Compare to the Fender 57/62s...

PCollen

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Feb 13, 2014
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The pickup database http://www.echoesofmars.com/pickup_data/viewer

includes the 57/62, but only two Bootstrap pickups.
Bootstrap's 54 Vintage Sparkle is the closer of the two, very similar to the 57/62, although I would say more comparable to the CS69.


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The 57/62 has a slightly higher frequency peak; the CS69 has a higher q factor. Based on the measurements, the Bootstrap 54 Vintage Sparkle is about halfway in between those two Fender pickups. That's not a bad place to be.
I got a notion to possibly pair the Bootstrap Sun City/Golden Ale bridge pickup (same-same) with my 57/62 Neck and Middle (RW/RP...CP50 Strat), wanting to try a stronger bridge pickup . But I found that Bootstrap pickups have NORTH TOP as standard with RW/RP being South TOP...opposite of my 57/62s. I didn't check the wind, but given the magnet difference the SC Bridge could just be the same as my 57/62 RW/RP middle pickup. I know all about their ability to do custom, but I think they would do a mix between their stock pickups (N+M 5.6K from Vintage Pro , B 7.4 K from Sun City) at little or no extra cost.
 

PCollen

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Feb 13, 2014
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They have an option to order individual pickups. Easy peasey
Thanks...I've already communicated with Ryan @ Bootstrap on this. I'm still waffling on it, but now leaning towards ordering a complete Golden Ale set and putting the 57/62 set aside as is for the time being. Besides, I've never played A2 pickups, so it would be and adventure.
 


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