Take your Stratocaster on a ride through decades of seminal genre defining tones from rock, surf, country and blues with the Antiquity II Surfer vintage Stratocaster pickups. The Antiquity II Surf Neck provides that smooth and chimey bounciness that only a Stratocaster can produce. Our specially calibrated alnico 5 rod magnets and custom scatter wound coil give the treble attack a subtle sweetness without losing any of the harmonic sparkle.
The middle pickup in the set is RW/RP for the perfect hum-free cluck in the 2 and 4 positions.The Antiquity II Surf for Strat Custom Bridge pickup is wound to have extra midrange and output for a more versatility. We wind these 50% hotter for more mids, and then slightly soften the treble attack by degaussing the alnico 5 rod magnets. It cuts through the mix much more easily than a traditional Strat bridge pickup, while still retaining that classic Stratocaster tonal character. Solos will jump out more musically, and chords will ring with the perfect amount of midrange sparkle.
Hand built in our Custom Shop, each pickup is aged to look and sound like a 1960s original. We use vintage correct blue/yellow cloth pushback lead wire, light gray bottom flatwork, and custom aged covers for just the right look. The Antiquity II Surfer vintage Strat pickups are all lacquered and wax potted.
- All sets, except the Jimi Hendrix signature model, come with a Middle RWRP as the Middle Pickup.
- 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.
Some customers wonder if they should get the Antiquity or the Psychedelic set. The Psychedelic Set is more like a late 60s pickup- scooped, with moderate output. They have a piano-like bass, but they aren't really that high of an output. The Antiquity Surfer II set is more like an early-mid 1960s set. There is a little more output there, and they work really well, especially with rosewood fretboards.