Duncan SSL 5 in the neck position

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  1. Hound Dog61

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    I have an old mutt strat that I have had for a few years and since it is in need of some repairs I thought it would be a good time to upgrade some things. I have a Duncan SSL 5 that I originally bought to replace the bridge pickup, but lately I have been thinking about going a different direction. Instead of putting it in the bridge position with two SSL 1s in the neck and middle, I am considering putting it in the neck position. My plan is to put the SSL5 in the neck with another SSL5 in the middle position and a JB jr. in the bridge. Has anybody tried a SSL5 in the neck? I am going for a decent "strat sound" in the neck with more power, but with some added oomph in the bridge position. I usually use this guitar for anyhting from clean countryish stuff to higher gain rock type songs, but have no particular sound I am going for. Just looking to get a different sound going on as the pickups that are currently in it are pretty bland sounding.
     
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    Try it and you can tell us how it sounds.
     
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    I have the exact same configuration except for a Custom Custom in the bridge. For me, the only way I was happy was to put 500K pots all around. The SSL5s are pretty dark and powerful and are meant for the bridge position. Consider that.
     
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    Good to know. I was wondering if I would have to change the pot for the JB jr never considered changing it for the SSL5.
     
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    I put one in the neck position of a Squier 51. I've been a big fan of them in the bridge but was pleasantly surprised how good it sounds in this position in this guitar. I wouldn't call it bright, by no means, but it definitely isn't dark either. In this particular guitar it sounds sweet while also being fuller than a typical strat neck pickup.

    It's paired with a Gibson Dirty Finger's bridge pickup and quality pots (250 k, push-pull to split bridge). When I was putting everything together I was expecting a pure rock machine. But though it does sound great dirty, it's also brilliant played clean and everything in between.
     
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    I have a Washburn MG that came with 2 SSL-5s and a JB in bridge (HSS). It has 500K pots. Sounds pretty good, but on the dark side with the singles. Not a great choice if you want lots of chime, but overall okay. Would probably sound very good in a bright guitar, but this one has a mahogany body and rosewood board. If you like a thick, kind of dark neck pickup sound, should be great.
     
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    SSL-5s are about 6 Henries inductance.

    Conventional Strats are generally 3H or less.

    The SSL-5 is basically a single wound to HB level output.
     
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    Also, when the SSL-5 were made it was't common to have a tone pot on your bridge pickup and the SSL-5 reflects that, it sounds best unloaded IMO.
     
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    Everyone, play with those control cavity values, you can take a manufacturer's pickup description and light fire to it after you hear what $2 worth of internal parts can do to change your guitar's personality
     
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    Thanks for the responses. I am not sure how I would characterize the sound of the guitar, it doesn't seem overly bright or overly dark. But it does seem overly thin which I think are the pickups although I am no expert by any means. It has a maple fretboard, but not quite sure what the body is made of but I think it is ash.I don't know much about about the cap values and what not so maybe it is best to put the set in and see how it sounds.
     

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