The Seymour Duncan STL-3 Quarter Pound Telecaster Bridge Pickup is the company’s highest output pickup available for the Telecaster. It gets its name from its over-sized quarter-inch ALNICO 5 magnets, which are responsible for the great gain that these pickups produce. The hand-polished large-diameter magnets also allow for a special coil winding. The Seymour Duncan STL-3 Quarter Pound Telecaster retains its high-end clarity while still delivering plenty of the P90 style growl and midrange tones that are very useful when you’re playing the blues.
This pickup has enough power to keep up with humbuckers and even the Gibson P90, and it’s especially useful when you play with a lot of overdrive or distortion. In a live environment, the extra gain produced by the Seymour Duncan STL-3 can help the guitar cut through the mix when you’re playing lead parts and help break up the amp for a nice crunch when you’re playing rhythm.
Each of these pickups is handmade in Santa Barbara, California. They’re wax potted to reduce microphonic feedback and guitar squeal, and they don’t have a plastic cover. Installation is fairly simple with a single conductor wire. Performers who use this pickup include Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos, Gwyn Ashton, and Michael Sweet of Stryper.