So I'm on a kick lately trying to find various single coil (strat sized) pickups that will make a sound that is similar to the split single half of a Dual Sound or Super II. The central principle here is that these are steel poled, ceramic magnet pickups. They are NOT alinco types. The Super II is simply an underwound Dual Sound. And the Dual Sound is simply a Super Distortion with all the wires available for the multiple configuration options. I think that there are many of us that would find a great benefit in having a strat-sized pickup that will nail this middle pickup Jerry tone. It doesn't have to be exactly the Super II or the Dual Sound. Ceramic/Steel already has that character to it. The wire and winding and magnet strength will impart a lot of the various flavorings. We may find that there are some spectacular sounding pickups out there that will really get a killer Jerry-like sound.
I'm in the middle of a project rewinding an SDS-1 to a much lower DCR value. Essentially less winds. This will brighten the pickup and reduce the output. I'll know soon how that comes out. I also am checking out, believe it or not, a cheapo mexican Fender Strat pickup. They are also ceramic, steel-poled. Not bad actually, maybe a bit overwound and darkish. I may unwind this one a bit too. Lindy Fralin makes a steel poled, ceramic pickup too. One of them is a 6k, brighter toned one. That may be worth checking out. Also G&L makes great pickups, and they have adjustable steel pole pieces and ceramic magnets too. I think this whole steel-poled, ceramic magnet thing is something we should check out, especially those of us with Strats that we want to Jerrify.
I'll chime back in with my results, and please anyone interested, jump on in.
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