Best tradional looking high gain bridge sc for a strat?

Pauljudej

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I hate to ask such a generalized question but since this site seems to be the holy grail of knowledge of all that is gear I figured I would ask. In your opinion, what is the best sounding high gain but normal/traditional single coil strat bridge pick up? I usually use my neck and middle but when I get a shred bug I would like something thicker and less noisey than my texas special. I don't want to resort to putting a humbucker for the bridge pickup...not yet anyways lol. Any and all input is welcome! :)
 

TattooedCarrot

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I like the Duncan SSL5 (or 6) best. Does a classic rock thing and is still a normal looking single cool. The SSL3 is high gain hot and fat sounding almost P90ish but gets noisy because it's still a single coil. Are you looking for a humbucker that still looks like a traditional single coil? Dimarzio Paul Gilbert Injector might work. It's a stacked hot himnucker that looks like a strat pickup, although it's a bit taller.
 

Pauljudej

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I like the Duncan SSL5 (or 6) best. Does a classic rock thing and is still a normal looking single cool. The SSL3 is high gain hot and fat sounding almost P90ish but gets noisy because it's still a single coil. Are you looking for a humbucker that still looks like a traditional single coil? Dimarzio Paul Gilbert Injector might work. It's a stacked hot himnucker that looks like a strat pickup, although it's a bit taller.


Cool, I will check those out. Not shopping for a humbucker yet. That will be my final resort. I may wait for that when I decide to put together a Jimmy Herring looking strat.
 

Neon Trotsky

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This one looks and sounds promising. Thanks.

IIRC, it's VERY similar to the Injector pup. If you go to the Dimarzio website it rates the highs/lows/mids of each and the two look like cousins (iirc).

I put an Injector into the bridge position of my CS '63 (reissue) strat for kicks just to see if I could get it to rock a little harder while still looking like a traditional sc pup.

Be warned, even though I wired it to automatically send one of the coils to ground in the bridge/middle position (middle pup is still sc, RWRP), I lost a good deal of quack there (it gets a fair deal brighter and more strident w/ the stronger bridge pup). But I have two other strats for that one particular sound so I didn't really care.
 

Jakejj2000

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I hate to ask such a generalized question but since this site seems to be the holy grail of knowledge of all that is gear I figured I would ask. In your opinion, what is the best sounding high gain but normal/traditional single coil strat bridge pick up? I usually use my neck and middle but when I get a shred bug I would like something thicker and less noisey than my texas special. I don't want to resort to putting a humbucker for the bridge pickup...not yet anyways lol. Any and all input is welcome! :)

First try adding a metal baseplate to the bridge pup of your start. Next, id say the YGM Seymours are wicked hot pups. Along with that, the quarter pounders..
 

fenderjapan

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I use a Dimarzio Virtual Solo in combination with more traditional sounding strat pickups and it works fantastic. It still sounds like a strat when clean but it has screaming harmonics and a tighter low end crunch when you have a lot of gain.
 

Pauljudej

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IIRC, it's VERY similar to the Injector pup. If you go to the Dimarzio website it rates the highs/lows/mids of each and the two look like cousins (iirc).

I put an Injector into the bridge position of my CS '63 (reissue) strat for kicks just to see if I could get it to rock a little harder while still looking like a traditional sc pup.

Be warned, even though I wired it to automatically send one of the coils to ground in the bridge/middle position (middle pup is still sc, RWRP), I lost a good deal of quack there (it gets a fair deal brighter and more strident w/ the stronger bridge pup). But I have two other strats for that one particular sound so I didn't really care.

Very cool! Ok, I need to hear that.
 

Pauljudej

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First try adding a metal baseplate to the bridge pup of your start. Next, id say the YGM Seymours are wicked hot pups. Along with that, the quarter pounders..

I practice yngwie runs for fun, tho I sound like him after xanax and broken fingers lol. The qp's have larger pole pieces, sooo, the ocd in me can't do it..sad but true.
 

AdmiralB

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The qp's have larger pole pieces, sooo, the ocd in me can't do it..sad but true.

If you relieve the edges of the bobbin top a little bit, DiMarzio Area/Virtual Vintage covers will fit QPs (as long as you've got the flat-pole models). I've got a set in a Strat with aged white covers, they look totally 'normal' except for the fact that the poles are recessed - i.e. not protruding through the cover. But you pretty much have to look for that to even notice.
 

Mincer

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I like the Hot Stack Plus or the Custom Stack Plus. They are quiet, and still push the amp for much heavier styles. And from the top, look stock.
 




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