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City Limits

A fat, full Texas tones neck and bridge mixes with a hotter bridge.  A rich bass and tempered bell-like trebles make this a set for the bluesman and rocker alike!

Neck 6.0k / Mid 6.1k / Bridge 8.9k

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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.


Stratocaster (Metric)

Stratocaster (Imperial)


3 Single Coils / 1 Vol / 2 Tone / 5-Way Blade

3 Single Coils / 1 Vol / 2 Tone / 5-Way Blade (Bridge Tone Mod)

Tech Specs

City Limits Neck City Limits Middle City Limits Bridge
Magnet Alnico 5 Rod Alnico 5 Rod Alnico 5 (E-A-D), Alnico 2 (G-B-e)
DCR 6.0k 6.1k 8.9k
Inductance 2.55H 2.6H 3.8H
Stagger TR Modified Vintage
Hookup Wire Vintage Braid
Winding Direction Clockwise Counter-Clockwise Clockwise


5 reviews for City Limits

  1. Telephonic

    Genuine Alnwick sound, NO cheap ceramic magnet tone here, has been wax potted and scatter wound, so highly responsive to strings without excessive feedback, and some beautiful harmonics. Individually labelled on underside to avoid confusion and output matches listed specs with the hotter bridge, lovely boutique tone and response expected from pickups 2-3 times the price £80 sterling. All E-e pole piece distances are 52 mm which is the newer fender style spacing and not the older or vintage spacing of 56 mm. very happy with this, so may consider replacing my tele pickups with a tone rider set next.

  2. Tom Sweetnam

    Stunning sound from these PUPs bright clear and def that texas sound combined with a tone shaper set give amazing variety on a strat

  3. Mb

    Pickups sound great, quite a lot of 60 cycle hum but not an excessive amount. Doesn’t come with mount springs though but they cost like £3 to get a full set up. Great choice

  4. Lord D’Ansell

    better than fenders own. got rid of the strat treble annoying
    sound. on bridge pu.

  5. Jac van Hammen

    I couldn’t believe my ears!

    I am a proud owner of an original 1994 Fender Stratocaster Special Edition, one of only 100 made, that came with pre production Fender Texas Special pickups, just like the Stevie Ray Vaughan Strats.

    That particular guitar sounds amazing, just perfect.

    I put these Toneriders in a Mexican Fender Stratocaster and I really couldn’t believe my ears, they sound basically identical! I sent two clips to musician friends and they told me the difference is so minimal that they couldn’t tell them apart.

    So, if you’re into that Texas Special Stevie Ray Vaughan sound, these pickups will give you that sounds for 70-something quid!

    Would I buy them again? Well, why not, if I’m in need for a set of pickups within a couple of days, like if I have a guitar I want to sell for example. Otherwise I will get a set of custom made pickups from Planet Tone for about the same money.

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