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Best singles to pair with Dimarzio Super Distortion in HSS?

MkIII Renegade

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Specifically, a Jackson Adrian Smith USA, which I just bought. :cool:



One just like this with ebony board, although the previous owner had converted to an EMG HH setup ( :bonk ) and I'm going to restore it to the original Dimarzio Super Distortion + Fender Samarium Cobalt Noiseless x 2 or close to it. Seems the SCNs are apparently discontinued/very tough to find individually for sale though, and also I have a chance to consider other single options as well. May even consider options for the bridge, but I doubt I'll change it.

Being noiseless is mandatory as is a glassy #4 sound and singing #5 lead sound. I bought this for playing (surprise!) Iron Maiden style NWOBHM and the like and could see this becoming my main guitar or one of them.

What does TGP say? :munch
 

Blix

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I'd say a Air Norton S. Powerful enough so it keeps up with a hot bridge humbucker and sounds sweet!

Made a little video when I bought one a few weeks back:

 

MkIII Renegade

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I like the Air Norton idea for the neck only, but would look for something more traditional in the middle. Maybe an Area 61?
 

Crunchtime

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Virtual Solo. They look like real singles, have reasonable output to match the HB in bridge, use 500k pots like bridge pickup, and sound excellent.


Guitar on left has a SD and Virtual Solo.
 

OotMagroot

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Virtual Solo. They look like real singles, have reasonable output to match the HB in bridge, use 500k pots like bridge pickup, and sound excellent.


Guitar on left has a SD and Virtual Solo.
I can vouch for the Virtual Solo. I had one in the bridge on one of my Strats for years. I never did try it with a 500K pot though. I thought it was kinda muddy on the low E string - I wonder if the 500K would have opened it up some?
 

Blix

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Cruisers are too low in output to work with a hot humbucker for me. I don't like it when the neck is too weak compared to bridge. Timmons works around this by hitting a boost when he goes to neck for solos.
 

therhodeo

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Cruisers are too low in output to work with a hot humbucker for me. I don't like it when the neck is too weak compared to bridge. Timmons works around this by hitting a boost when he goes to neck for solos.
I believe that's what his Carl Martin compressor is for. That would be my concern with the cruisers as well. Especially given that the SD is quite a bit hotter than the AT-1 that timmons uses.
 

70 Mach 1

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Put the SD with HB/parrarell switching


Parrarell to pair it off.
Full HB for solos.

Been working for me for about 15 yrs paired off with 2 texas specials
 

Jon Silberman

10Q Jerry & Dickey
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I have the an answer but you may not like having to route your guitar.

The best "singles" to pair with a SD bridge PUP are split Super 2's.

It worked for Jerry Garcia, it works for me (below), and it can work for you, too. :)

P.S. Not serious in this recommendation for you as it doesn't fit your guitar or your music. But for others with the same question who click on your thread, perhaps it will be useful.

 

Guitarwiz007

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I agree with @Blix about the Cruisers. I would go Super Distortion S or Fast Track 2. Volume-wise, you're in the ballpark. Keep in mind you're going to give up some high end spank.
 

MkIII Renegade

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I have the an answer but you may not like having to route your guitar.

The best "singles" to pair with a SD bridge PUP are split Super 2's.

It worked for Jerry Garcia, it works for me (below), and it can work for you, too. :)

P.S. Not serious in this recommendation for you as it doesn't fit your guitar or your music. But for others with the same question who click on your thread, perhaps it will be useful.

Not something I would do, but that is a cool guitar....:cool:
 

freedom's door

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Fender Hot Noiseless
Injector

I have a Chopper in the neck position of one of my superstrats, and it keeps up with the Breed bridge perfectly.

These are the three I would consider, based on experience.

Congrats on the Adrian Smith model- it is probably my favorite superstrat out there. I have the SDX version (that I put a Tone Zone in the bridge and ripped out the singles to make it a 1 hum rock machine), and I definitely see a USA one in my future.
 

TheGuildedAge

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You need something that can hang. For true single coil sounds I would do injector or virtual heavy blues 2

If you want humbucker tones, the satchtrack was cool. Had clarity and punch.

Maybe an area 67 middle
 

MBreinin

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I would recommend Bare Knuckle Cobras, because they are very glassy when clean, and absolutely rip under gain, but they are a true single coil and are not noiseless.
 




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