I love strat style guitars but wanted one with two humbuckers in it so I decided to build one. While trying to decide on pickups, I stumbled upon the Plant Tone website and decided to try a set of the Full Throttle pickups in the guitar based on the great reviews and soundclips. Seems to be plenty of reviews here for Les Paul style guitars, so wanted to post my review for those looking to put them in a strat style guitar. Body is sub 4 lb two piece alder (USA Custom Guitars body I bought years ago), Warmoth roasted maple neck/fingerboard with '59 neck profile, gold EVO 6100 frets, Tusq XL nut, floating Wilkinson VSVG trem with steel block. Leveled, crowned, polished, and dressed the fret ends myself, as well as making the nut from scratch with wider spacing than the pre slotted ones, Sperzel locking tuners, no string tree. I ordered the bridge pickup with the 52 mm pole piece spread and the neck with standard 50 mm spread, the polepieces line up with the strings well. The guitar has become my favorite (and I have a bunch, much to my wife's dismay!), I've been playing the guitar pretty much non stop since I finished it, about 4 months now, haven't even touched any of my others much. Although the guitar is the best playing instrument I currently own, a big part of the reason I love this guitar so much is the pickups. I am really really pleased with how these sound, they are really ballsy but not muddy at all. The bridge pickup sounds sooo good with some gain really pleasing and musical to my ear, and the neck does not sound woofy at all. I play a lot of blues rock and classic rock type music, and these really do the job in spades. Turn the gain up and rock out, think La Grange, Tie Your Mother Down, Eruption, Whipping Post, Blue Sky, etc. These pickups just flat out kick ***, highly recommended.
i wanted to order 3 pickups for my les paul custom, and listened to what i was looking for -- 2 'buckers and a 'bucker-sixed P90 for stoner/doom metal -- and thought about it for a while and came back with his suggestion. i couldn't be happier. this is my 3rd set of planet tones, and i will definitely be back. if you can stand the 2-month lead time, you will be rewarded.