Leddin Handwound “Black Strats” Stratocaster pickup set – Gilmour inspired tone

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(2 customer reviews)


1 in stock


  • I build these pickups to order with a 4 week turnaround after receipt of full payment. 
  • Items listed in stock means I have the parts to build them. 
  • To order please purchase via the website cart and within 4 weeks I will post out your pickups. 
  • I will contact you within 3 business days to confirm the build specs. 
  • Tone cannot be rushed my friends and I won’t rush to cater for the hasty. 
  • Please contact me prior to purchase for an accurate ETA.

There are several stories about what was actually in David Gilmours Black Strat.  For this set I have reviewed many articles and this is my version.  David’s bridge pickup was a Dimarzio FS-1 and having owned several originals in the past I am very familiar with it.  My bridge is wound to 13k for a big fat punchy tone that breaks up crisply with drive.  The middle pickup by some accounts was an overwound ’60s grey bobbin so I have done the same with my middle.  At 6.15k this pickup is bright with a tight bottom end with a distinct late ’60s vibe.  The neck pickup is an underwound ’50s Formvar wound 5.45k for a nice clean vintage tone.


  • Available in right and lefthanded
  • Alnico 5 staggered magnets
  • Bridge pickup black bobbin 13k wound with 43 AWG Poly wire
  • Middle pickup grey bobbin 6.15k wound with 42 AWG Plain enamel wire (RWRP by order)
  • Neck pickup black bobbin 5.45k wound with 42 AWG Formvar wire
  • A choice of black, white or aged white covers (Please specify)
  • Choice of beveled or round head stainless screws (Please specify)
  • Wax potted to prevent feedback

$295  per set of 3

Sound clips of the “Black strats” in action by Brisbane guitarist  Nathan Moore.

Bridge “Comfy”

Bridge and Middle “Brick”

Middle “Run”

Neck and Middle “Cigar”

Neck “Shine”



Additional information

Weight .250 kg
Dimensions 10 x 10 x 5 cm

2 reviews for Leddin Handwound “Black Strats” Stratocaster pickup set – Gilmour inspired tone

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew Bickerton

    I have 3 strats with a set of these in each one! I have found these to be extremely versatile, from beautiful cleans to classic rock sounds and everything in between.
    I use my strats for everything I play so I needed a balanced set of pickups that covers everything and these deliver.
    If I am to get a new strat, I will be throwing a set of these in straight away.

  2. Pete Anderson

    Recently bought an 84 American Strat from a pawn broker, reasonable price. Got it home, tried it, something in the sound was missing. Had a friend work it over for me, turns out no Fender running gear , buyer beware I guess. Was told about Dave’s selection of hand built pickups, saw the blurb and decided on the Gilmour inspired set asked Dave if he could put them into a scratch plate deal for me.. no probs. Installed them WOW!!! Unbelievable tone and sound with heaps of variations. Would highly recommend anyone who’s doing a rebuild to check Dave’s range of hand made pickups out. I’m one happy camper.

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