Best Strat/ single coil size humbucker, PAF

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I know this topic has been covered countless times but I'm looking for something specific, that being a single coil sized humbucker pickup for a Strat that best emulates a classic PAF.
I'm NOT looking for super distortion, hyper-saturated sound. Someone suggested the Lace Sensor but I'd like to get other suggestions if possible.
 

duderanimous

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my favorite all time single coil size hb is the DiMarzio Air Norton S. It's not a burner, gets all the classic humbucking tones, and balances very well with single coils
 

Tommy Biggs

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SD Lil 59 is not bad, but a little hotter than what you are suggesting. I'd seriously check those Dimarzio Air's out. They weren't out when I put the Lil 59 in my strat.
 
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By the way, don't want my post to imply that I'm against the Lace Sensor pu's, I don't have any personal experience with any of the HB offerings for Stratocaster except for the high gain DiMarzio's of the 90's; found them to be hot but dark sounding.
Not trying to avoid 'hot' necessarily, just 'dark'.
 
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I like the tone of the SD lil 59.

also the JB jr for strat. I recently saw one used for $60, I bought it and put in the bridge position of my friends US strat. He LOVED the results.
 
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Hmm, much love for the Dimarzio Tone Zone S, off to YouTube for a look-see.
What would the equivilant Duncan pu be to the Tone Zone S ?
 
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I've often wondered- why hasn't someone designed a humbucking pu which not only fits in the size of a Strat single coil but looks exactly like a single coil pu ?
This would allow those who want to have the benefits of a humbucker w/o altering the classic configuration of their Strat.
 
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