View Full Version : HSS pickups for Maple Neck strat copy
09-19-2010, 03:20 PM
I am looking for some suggestions for a good HSS set of pickups for my USA Peavey Predator.
I am not looking to spend a TON of dough, so keep that in mind.
Sounds I am looking for:
Vintage strat tones in the neck and middle, and a good bridge humbucker sound for more crunchy stuff.
Any suggestions for wiring and new pots and switches would be appreciated as well.
Also I would like the pickups to be offered in either Creme or White.
09-20-2010, 10:01 PM
For a Strat Humbucker, the Dunan JB is a great pickup....For vintage sounding single coils, I'd look at the GFS pickups that www.guitarfetish.com (http://www.guitarfetish.com) sells...I have a few sets and they sound great, and they were really inexpensive...For the ultimate in single coils, I'd get some Callaham's
09-20-2010, 10:26 PM
I have a Squier Strat partscaster that is HSS.
I put a set of Tonerider pickups (http://www.tonerider.com (http://www.tonerider.com/)) (http://www.thegearpage.net/board/www.tonerider.com) called the City Limits in the neck and middle. And I have a GFS humbucker pickup called the Big Mouth in the bridge. So with this combo I have the classic bell-like Strat chime and a humbucker that gets heavy but not too heavy (the Big Mouth splits very nicely too), to balance well with the single coils for a vintage crunch.
09-20-2010, 11:33 PM
x2 for the jb.:aok
09-21-2010, 07:44 AM
Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates bridge with SSL-1 in neck and middle. The JB is too hot and not many humbuckers work well with a 250K pot but the PG does and has the growl you mentioned
09-21-2010, 08:20 AM
My favorite bucker that worked with singles and that bluesy sound to hard rock was a PAF pro. Most every hot bucker I tried was too honky or middy when you switched to it from a single and it sounded comical. Some guys use it and EQ their whole sound around that picikup and sure it can sound fine, but then sounds poopy when you switch to those single coil pickups. The idea (for me anyhow) is to have pickups that all compliment each other and don't warp you into outer space tone when you switch. That way when you eq your amp/rig, all positions will sound great.
I agree the JB is too hot, it's got that awful/great high mid thing that sounds great for solos and that's it. The PAF pro sounded natural from singles to bucker, back to singles. And it screams with good, bright, crunchy sound if you want. Dimarzio has other similar ones like FRED or whatever else and that's similar as well. Lots of flavors.
09-22-2010, 09:10 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
I was leaning torward the GFS stuff for single coils, perhaps I will grab a DiMarzio for the bridge.
Any suggestions on how to wire the thing? Electrionic suggestions? Would it be silly to put a RS super pot with such inexpensive pickups?
09-22-2010, 09:13 PM
I use a Dimarzio Super Distortion in the Bride position on my MIM strat and I think it's perfect!
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