Hello! Sorry for reviving an old post, but just wanted to ask. Which one could be better for an Squier Affinity Stratocaster. It's my only Strat (SSS) guitar, and no... I don't use it for live shows now, but would like it to be on par with my other guitars with Seymour Duncan pickups.
Should I go for SSL-5 or SSL-6? I really don't understand much about the flat vs staggered poles difference thing. I'm mainly a humbucker guy*
The difference is the magnet stagger. The original purpose of the magnet stagger was to balance the loudness of all strings on vintage instruments. However over time the radius of the fretboards changed as did the gauge of strings and their composition. So the stagger has lost some of its usefulness and is something that is offered for legacy support to keep instruments period correct.