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Tui- hot Strat

Single Tui- hot Strat NZ$129 for NZ customers, if you’re overseas it’s GST free; $112.17

Set Tui- hot Strat NZ$339 for NZ customers, if you’re overseas they’re GST free; $294.78

AlnicoV – Neck 6.73KOhms, 3.22H, Middle 6.73 KOhms, 3.22H, Bridge 7.12 KOhms, 3.51H.

The The Tui- hot Strat set is designed for players wanting a little more from their Strat. A full sounding set suited best to blues and rock players. A hot Strat set without loosing the tonal character of the Stratocaster.


Tui Pickup Demo

Here’s some more Tui goodness, this time in a HSS configuration with a Cloud Nine humbucker.

And in HSS with an ‘Integrity’ humbucker


What’s different about the Tui?



The Tui- hot Strat set story

The Tui- hot Strat set is a step up in power from the “Bellbird” vintage set while still retaining the character of the Stratocaster. This set is best suited to Blues/Rock players who like a bit of dirt. There’s more bottom end and smoother highs. It’s very well suited to HSS set ups alongside my Integrity or Cloud Nine humbuckers.

I’ve wound a lot of Strat pickups since I started in 1995. I started off re-winding cheap pickups and then moved on to repairing old dead Fender pickups. Every experiment was written down in a notebook with tone comments.

Back when I started there wasn’t much information available so there was a lot of reverse engineering and a lot of trying things out. That learning time was invaluable to developing instinct for how to change the sound of a pickup. I’ve still got the note book and I’m still adding to it.

In, I think, 2014 a customer of mine approached me wanting a set of Strat pickups. He’s a great blues player and had recently moved from using a Les Paul to a Strat. He described the sound he was after and it seemed to me it was the same as I’d been after myself so I put some time in to designing a pickup set for him.

The Tui- hot Strat needed to be most definitely a Strat sound – I hear plenty of Strat replacement pickups that are fine but just not Strat-ish. Secondly I wanted a bit more power, just a bit, enough to make a good old valve amp clip a bit easier than a “vintage” pickup would. And there needed to be dynamics – tickle it and it’s clean, dig in and it grits up.

As I was making the original version of this set for a player used to humbuckers I wanted to reduce the ”ping” of the attack. I’ve added steel base plated as standard to this set. This changes the shape of the magnetic field, broadening the harmonic window. They add a wee bit of power, a wee bit of bass and reduce that pesky ping.

The neck pickup needed to have “that” Strat sound with fullness and clarity. It’s the ‘go to’ sound for most Strat players. The middle pickup needed to have some ‘quack’ to it with its own distinctive personality.

The bridge pickup shouldn’t be too thin, it needs to have plenty of highs but not too much of that ‘ping’ or it’s almost useless. Then there are the other sounds – positions 2 and 4, mistakenly referred to as ‘out of phase’. They are really just 2 pickups in parallel. It’s hard to predict what those sounds will be, there was a lot of experimenting.

So I consulted my old note book and wound a lot of pickups and fitted them in a few test Strats. I’ve been lucky enough to have some great players as repair customers and so I was able to get quite a few opinions.

Eventually I was happy and I fitted a set for my ex Les Paul customer and he loved them straight away. A few months later he contacted me to say he was still loving them. I love it when players do that.

I’ve fitted resulting sets into a lot of instruments and it turns out that not only blues players like them, they seem to work for everyone. I shouldn’t be surprised, the Stratocaster is such a versatile guitar, of course they do.

Further experiments have shown they balance really well as part of a HSS set with either my Integrity or Cloud Nine humbuckers in the bridge position.

I agonised for months over names for my Strat pickup sets then during a camping trip to Tauwharanui Regional Park I heard my first Bellbird and realised that was the sound I had been looking for when I was designing this set. The comparison in tone between the Bellbird and the more common Tui seemed exactly what I had in my head when designing my Strat pickups.

Bellbirds don’t just go tweet, there’s a depth and warmth in the tone. It’s so hard to describe sound and the difference between pickups but I think the difference between the Bellbird and the Tui sum up the difference between my vintage and hot Strat pickups. So I called them the Bellbird and the Tui.

The Tui- hot Strat set sound samples

Here are some sound samples of The Tui- hot Strat set recorded clean through a Fender Princeton Reverb-Amp. The overdrive sounds are using an Electroharmonix Soul Food. The guitar is an Alder body Strat with rosewood fretboard strung with D’Addario 10-52’s. All of them with the same guitar, same amp, same settings, no reverb or eq added later.

Tui Neck Pickup Clean
Tui Neck and Middle Pickups Clean
Tui Middle Pickup Clean
Tui Middle and Bridge Pickups Clean
Tui Bridge Pickup Clean
Tui Neck Pickup with Overdrive
Tui Neck and Middle Pickups with Overdrive
Tui Middle Pickup with Overdrive
Tui Middle and Bridge Pickups with Overdrive
Tui Bridge Pickup with Overdrive
The Tui- hot Strat set

The Tui- hot Strat set

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update 8 May 2023

3 thoughts on “Tui- hot Strat

  1. Lovely ‘Quack’ on these pickups!

  2. I chose these pickups because the demos convinced me that not only would they be a better choice than branded Texas Specials.

    I was also looking for a blend of twangy, chiming Stratocaster tones that could be punchy and strong when playing at higher gain settings.

    Result:- I’m almost in disbelief at how much the Tuis’ deliver on both counts. “Beauty” as the say in the eye of the beholder and all guitar players have our own preferences. When you find gear that not only delivers on its promotional claims but opens up new dimensions in your own playing and soundscape, you want to tell others about it.

    I couldn’t be happier Glyn, you’re a tone genius!


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