Have any of you directly compared a Seymour Duncan SSL-5 to a Dimarzio FS-1?

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  1. TheGuildedAge

    TheGuildedAge Member

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    Thinking about a beeffier strat bridge pickup and actually never heard of either of this until recently.

    I tend to favor Dimarzio but has anyone tried them both. Ash strat, maple neck. My complaint is my strat has always sounded "thin" to my ears. It's sort of a last ditch try it or sell thing.
     
  2. CowTipton

    CowTipton Silver Supporting Member

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    I have not tried the Dimarzio FS-1 but I am installing a Duncan SSL-5 in the bridge of my American Strat right now.

    I'm hoping it makes a nice difference in sound because the stock bridge pickup is not to my liking.

    I just hope it doesn't screw up position 4.



    *update*

    I like it. It's a little nasally/compressed but way better than the thin-sounding stock bridge pickup. It breaks up a lot better with the amp set at the edge of clean and pos 4 still sounds great.
    Very happy with the SSL-5.
     
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  3. Laurent Brondel

    Laurent Brondel Supporting Member

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    I found the SSL-5 to be muffled and too hot. A DiMarzio FS-2 wired in single coil sounds the best to me when mixed with vintage style strat pickups in M and N. YMMV.
     
  4. Blix

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    You must mean HS-2, which is quite different from FS-1


    SSL-5 is best used not wired to a tone control to retain highs.
     
  5. Martian

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    I have. The SSL-5 has a wider range and sounds more Strat like vs. the FS-1 which doesn't have much high end and sounds a bit compressed. The SSL-5 sounds just fine clean, the FS-1 sounds grainy and restricted clean (if that makes any sense to you). Distorted, they both rip but here too, the SSL-5 still has better dynamics. Output wise, they are similar.
     
  6. Laurent Brondel

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    Yes I do, HS-2/DP116, my mistake. The HS-2 wired in single coil is about 8.5k, sounds great and fat and retains highs without being harsh. Very vintage sounding too.
     
  7. Blix

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    Yeah I've used HS-2's like that for quite a few years, sounds killer.
    One of my fave strat bridge pickups for anything but harder rock, where I like the SSL-5 better. '
    Need to try an FS-1 one day. :)
     
  8. dazco

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    Only used the SSL-5, but i gotta say this, and i'm not exaggerating....worse pickup of any kind i ever used. Couldn't give em to me. What amazes me is that they're pretty popular, but i can only assume by people who are more worried about getting the most OD they can out of a SC w/o caring a whole lot about tone.
     
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    Blix Supporting Member

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    Yeah, that David Gilmour dude is one of them... :bonk

    No point in trying to insult those who actually like it.
     

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