Duncan Strat Pickup Advise Please

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  1. DSmith

    DSmith Member

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    I have a G&L Legacy with Duncan SSL-1's for all 3 pickups. I think I'd like a hotter bridge pickup, but not jeapordize the 2 position (bridge & middle) by doing so. Would you recommend a coil tapped humbucker that fits in the size of a single coil pickup slot for this?

    I'm open to all ideas.
     
  2. baimun

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    No. A coil tapped humbucker will be weaker than the single you already have.

    I have the Duncan Alinico II Pro's which are hotter but lose a bit of the "strattiness" about them.

    You may want to look at the "Quarter Pound" which is available for strat or tele. It's an overwound single coil that has a second output wire so you can tap the coil for reduced power as well. Both settings are single coil, but one uses more windings than the other.
     
  3. Kelsey

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    Fatter bridge tones with good B/M tone -- try the SD Twangbanger (fat, nearly Tele tone, but not quite -- sounds good in its own right), or Antiquity Texas Hot Custom bridge (retains traditional Strat flavor more than the Twangbanger does). The Twangbanger will work straight away with the SSL-1 neck and middle, including RWRP middle. The Antiquity will have to be wired in reverse to work with the SSL-1, but it will be RWRP with the standard SSL-1 (you might have to switch the neck and middle pickup positions to get hum cancelling in the 2/4 positions).
     
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    You want the SSL-5. I have a strat with 2 SSL1s neck/middle and the SSL5 in the bridge. It adds the perfect amount of beefiness without being too nasally. Cures that classic weak strat bridge position to a T imo.
     
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    I have an old 73 strat where over 25 yrs ago I installed a Duncan JB in the bridge position with a 3 way coil tap and wired the bottom tone control strictly for the humbucker and 2 single classic stacks with the other tone control and allows lots of tonality versatility and still has plenty of bite.
     
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    try the 59' good all around one, but the JB likes Franks guitar said is great also it has a nice complex top end. That is what a lot of companies puts in their HSS strats
     
  7. Mike9

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    Actually one of the really good "Straty" sounding Strats I built with Duncan's had a SSL1 w/baseplate in the bridge and Alnico II's in the neck and middle all the same wind - it had very nice quack.
     

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