Best Humbucker for strat (bridge)?

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  1. WildTop

    WildTop Member

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    I'm about to order a prewired HSS pickguard for a partstocastar and I was wondering about the following options:

    - Suhr (don't really know the difference between his models)
    - Fralin Unbucker
    - lollar Imperial

    Any expirience with those on a Strat type guitar?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. TwoGeez

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    Seymour Duncan '78 EVH custom shop humbucker.... Listen to the first four Van Halen albums... that's why.
     
  3. Alejandro

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    Take a look to the Dimarzio Virtual Paf. I like it a lot and do not overpower the singles PU's. Pretty similar sound with the Duncan PU recommendation of TwoGez
     
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    P.S. The V-PAF also splits VERY well
    If you wire your switch so the bridge coil closest to the neck is active in combo with the middle (opposite wind), you will get a superb quack tone!

    HJ
     
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    I have a unbucker in my Grosh Retro classic...LOVE IT
     
  6. big mike

    big mike Fixed Bias Moderator Staff Member

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    If those were the 3 choices, I'd probably go with Suhr. Never tried one, and I'm curious. LOL. The Fralin gets good reviews, but it's not voiced like a normal bucker correct?
     
  7. WildTop

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    I think so... the Unbucker also has a down side because it has a small amount of noise... not a SC but a small amount.
    I wish I could hear it somewre...

    BTW, why would you go with the suhr? and with one? he has a lot of HB models...
     
  8. big mike

    big mike Fixed Bias Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm a sucker for the reviews I guess. I know James Tyler is using them quite a bit as well. I'm not sure which one. Depends on the wood in the strat I guess. Something a little fuller for an ash body, something with a bit more mid spike in a Alder body.

    Maybe email Suhr for a suggestion?


    BTW I'm using a Duncan Custom in my Superstrat, but it's a Mahogany/maple body with a floyd so it's not 'really' a strat.
     
  9. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    The Suhr SSV with a chrome cover is a wonderful bridge pickup in a Strat. Really sounds Les Paul-like in that position. Genuine PAF tones if that is what you are looking for-----not too bright, but nice and clear. Warm but not muddy or dull. Nice output and it works extremely well with his single coil pickups.
     
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    Interesting....intersting..adding to cart 1 split switch :hiP
     
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    big mike Fixed Bias Moderator Staff Member

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    Okay, more reading on my part, I'd likely try the DSV+ humbucker. Vintage with an attitude sounds good to me, and I like buckers around 10-12K. This one lists at 10 K. But again, just my personal guess. I haven't tried any at this point, they're just intriguing to me.
     
  12. Srini

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    The covered SSV is indeed a wonderful pickup, but you may also want to consider HighOrder. I have been extremely happy with mine in my swamp ash strat in the brudge position, and I like it as much as the SSV. The downside is that its quite a wait for the HOs, but a fraction of the cost of the SSV.

    Srini
     
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    I love the Duncan Custom Custom that's in my HSS strat at the moment.
     
  14. WildTop

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    Anyone heard one of Suhr's Humbuckers split mode?
    Do they split well?
    I'v heard that the Unbucker splits VERY well!
     
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    Have you considered the Duncan JB? It has a high output and an alnico 5 bar magnet.
     
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    The Fralin Un-Bucker is Wound like an Old PAF. One coil is hotter than the other. This gives the Pickup a very vintage sound. Lots of "Harmonics and Air" But it does have some noise. I have this Pickup in a Strat and I can Switch it to a Single Coil. It does this better than any other Humbucker I have tried.
    But there is also nothing like a Tom Holmes 456 Strat Bridge Bucker. Just Fat Vintage Tone to die for!
    :YinYang
     
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    From my experience the JB needs a dark, warm sounding guitar around it or it will sound shrill. Great on LP's, not so good on Strats.
     
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    +1... in most instances I've found that alnico II's sound the best in strats with typical strat body woods (i.e., alder, ash)...
     
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    DonW Velocity Town Angel Silver Supporting Member

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    My buddy has a Rio Grande BBQ in his. It sounds killer. I've had a few in mine. WCR Crossroads, Duncan SH6 and presently a 1980 Gibson Dirty Fingers. The Duncan SH6 has the best tone for me of any I've tried.
     
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    The unbucker splits great..no real volume change..very little noise..2 me the pickup sits right between a PAF and a P-90 tone wise in the humbucker mode...perfect for me!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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