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Tonerider City Limits Pickup Set for Stratocaster

Tonerider City Limits Pickup Set for Stratocaster


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The City Limits set is designed to offer guitarists a hotter Stratocaster sound with unrivalled versatility. The neck and mid pickups are wound to emulate the sought-after “overwound” late 50’s-style pickups that vintage collectors have found to have a rich piano-like bass and thick trebles – a tone that has become known as the “Texas” sound.  The bridge pickup, however, is a departure from the standard winds and is overwound with lighter gauge AWG43 gauge wire to approximately 9.0kOhms for a more modern soloing sound when used with gain or distortion, without a harsh top end.

Due to advances in string technology and the wider range of modern guitar necks, the City Limits set uses our unique “Modified Vintage Stagger” polepiece magnet array allowing for near perfect string-to-string balance on the greatest range of instruments possible.  Get them in any Strat and find that hotter, fatter Texas tone you’ve been waiting for.


Covers: All singles and sets come with white covers as standard. Any Fender compatible cover can be used (52.4mm, or 2 1/16in).

Polepiece Spacing: All position are 52.4mm, or 2 1/16in, just like the originals.

Neck 6.0k / Mid 6.1k / Bridge 8.9k


DC Resistance neck: 6.0 KΩ

DC Resistance middle: 6.1 KΩ

DC Resistance bridge: 8.9 KΩ

Alnico V & II magnets

2 Conductor Wires

Active: No

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Mark Hilton
Tone rider city limits pickups

Bought to replace pick ups in my Squier Bullet Strat. Incredible upgrade! Awesome blues tone and the bridge pick up in particular is much higher output than the stock ones. I've got a blender with which I can mix the bridge and kneck for some real interesting tones. They are wax potted with braided cables. I can't believe they were only 80 quid!! Great upgrade for a cheap guitar! I can also highly recommend Northwest Guitars. I've purchased from them before and recieved everything promptly with no hassle. Cheers.

Flip C
Great Service from Northwest Guitars

Great service from Northwest Guitars, as always. I have a Tonerider humbucker already which sounds great. Have yet to fit the Stratocaster ones, but I'm sure they will be equally impressive and great value.

Jason Sansome
Tonerider city limits pickups

Firstly, I have to say that like everything else you order from northwest guitars, these pickups arrived promptly and with no fuss or bother. Top marks once again for Kevin and the team. About the actual pickups.. I will just say that I have played a fender custom shop SRV strat loaded with genuine Texas specials, do yourself a favour, save a lot of money and buy these! The neck and middle have a beautiful warmth as well as being obviously a bit hotter than standard single coils. Everything is a touch more forward but very well balanced and easily controllable. The depth and glassiness of some of the SRV tones is there but with a very articulate mid. The bridge pickup is a bit more Texas hooligan!! Quite a bit hotter, especially in the upper mid to treble. I would recommend wiring the tone controls so the bridge pickup is rolled off with the middle one, it does benefit from a bit of taming, but if you really want to cut through the mix... Wow!!