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These are the lowest output pickups that Fender made -but that's not a bad thing at all!
All 3 pickups are exactly the same output clocking in at 5.8K (DC Resistance) & Inductance at 2.2h.
The lower the output of the pickup the more of the natural sound of the guitar comes through. As you go hotter you gain volume but gradually lose clarity and punch. The way I see it you use you amps for more volume so why not keep the pickups as natural as possible?
Ever since I put these pickups in my American Special Stratocaster (replacing the Texas Specials) my strat sounds much more authentic and "strat-like" if you know what I mean. Through my Blues Junior with a touch of gain (Vox Ice Overdrive pedal) I get great "Clapton-like" tones (similar to "From The Cradle" -a really nice bluezy strat sound -man nit's transformed the guitar these pickups!!
It sounds so good that my poor Telecaster has been getting neglected lately!
Before I decided on these CS '69's though I watched many youtube videos on other pickups and (I really liked Lindy Fralin pickups but wanted to keep the guitar pure Fender) I narrowed my choice down to the CS'69's, the CS '54's or the 57/62's. I recommend if you're looking fr new pickups and you want a great strat tone any 3 of these are the best in my opinion..to each his own though, as always!