Aaarhggh! Make humblecoils!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. rollyfoster

    rollyfoster Supporting Member

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    Arhrggehhrhhthgj!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My playing dictates humbuckers but the sounds i hear are single coils!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Ahrhrihirsheirjh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What's wrong with meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
     
  2. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Why does your playing dictate humbuckers?
     
  3. Flyin' Brian

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    Yeah I'm interested too.
     
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    it just does. the way i play is designed for humbuckers. it's hard to explain but it's probably because i've used them 14 out of the 15 years i've played guitar. the problem is that (most, but not all of) my favorite tones come from single coils but when i use them it sounds thin and inadequate when playing leads. my rhythm stuff sounds fantastic with single coils, though.

    i think this is the issue:

    my rhythm stuff is best suited for single coils
    my leads tend to lean towards the thick soaring/searing side of things that humbuckers work best for.

    and.....for what it's worth, i don't think i "play like myself" with single coils. it seems like i'm busier and use more notes.
     
  5. baimun

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    Sounds like a job for P90's.
     
  6. FrankieSixxxgun

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    Sounds like you need a boost pedal and/or some hot single coils.
     
  7. Flyin' Brian

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    I use Fralin P-92s in a couple of my guitars...they're a great combo of quiet with some guts and the openness of single coils, especially on the bass strings. With a Zendrive they scream but then again so do my single coils. I actually don't have a humbucker guitar.
     
  8. jazzandmetal?

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    I completely understand. I am the same way. So I play an HSS style strat.
     
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    I've played singles, weak ones yet for a good while and now when I go back to any remotely hot humbuckers, I hate it. I love that tight, fast, articulate sound of single coils. Even hard rock/metal stuff sounds really good and it's not thin if you EQ it right and use good muting/picking skills to shape the sound. I think of it as a lean, mean, defined tone and humbuckers sound so boxy and flubby anymore.
     
  12. Brett Faust

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    That is why my "strat" has 3 Dimazio Tone Zone S pickups wired to allow me to turn all the humbuckers to singles with a twist of one knob. Quack or crunch it works.
    Maybe something along that line will work for you.
     
  13. Millo 3.1

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    Do you pluck flat on the strings?

    Anyway, why not try mini-humbuckers or P-90's? Put a coil tap on your axe so you can go from single-coil to humbucker quickly between solo/rhythm parts.
     
  14. HoboMan

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    The coil tap is a good idea. I have it on my guitar. I usually use it in single coil mode but the humbucker is only a flick of a switch away.
     
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    :agree
     
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    SD's P-rails?
     
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    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Congratulations - of all the tone problems I've read about here this week, yours may well be the simplest and easiest of all to solve. Many solutions have already been offered. I'll add:

    - S-S-S w/a pair of minitoggles to add neck and bridge PUPs in parallel and series*
    - any PRS or similarly wired guitar

    * e.g.:

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  19. rollyfoster

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    lots of good advice in here!

    i think i'm going to have to try out a strat with HB in it.

    i'm not too sure about the toggles and whatnot. i can see the benefit and how it could help but i don't think it's the right thing for me.

    i overplay with singe coils. it's weird, but when i'm on a strat i actually play more notes than i want to. also, my leads are not as melodic and head towards the "choppy choppy" blues style, which is fine some of the time, but not as exploratory or inspiring. to tell the truth, i'm not even sure if it's due to the scale length, the pickups, or even both. i have a gut feeling it has more to do with the pickups than anything. i've got CS 69s in my strat right now.
     
  20. robyogi

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    I've noticed I tend to play less legato style with singles, or even low output HBs. You may have done this already, but maybe try a comp as well. The H-S-S is still one of my favorite pickup arrangements. Another option - tele with a HB in the neck.
     

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