Help me pick a Humbucker

tremonti

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Ok....have a strat that I made....has ash or alder body(can't remember) and 3 Lace Chrome Dome single coil PU's in it....love them...but want a humbucker in the bridge now. I play in a cover band that plays Green Day to Tool to Chris Isaak to Pink....so PU needs to be versatile and not a 1 trick pony.

My main concern is if I leave in the Chrome Domes for the neck and middle.....what Humbucker in the bridge should I get so that I don't have a huge increase or drop in volume between the pickups?
 

Droptop

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If its a humbucker you are looking for to cover all of those bases, you may want to go for a Seymour Duncan JB. Wire it so you can split the coils.
 

moj067

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The Suhr SSV+ has been very good at covering alot of bases on a super strat I have.
 

Darth Tater

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DiMarzio Chopper has been the best single coil sized humbucker I've found. Add a 3-way switch for series/cut/parallel and it's pure bliss.

You might also check out the new DiMarzio Billy Corgan models, I have not used one yet myself.
 

tremonti

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Want a full sized humbucker in bridge...not a stacked or side by side single coil version. Just bought the Seymour Duncan Parallel Axis Trembucker Original...what do you think of that one with the chrome dome Lace PU's in middle and neck?
 

atquinn

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The PATB1 is a great humbucker. I've had a PATB1 in a number of guitars and chrome domes in one guitar, but I've never had both in the same guitar, so I'm not sure how they'll blend together, but I think they're all nice pickups.

-Austin
 

Flinto2002

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you are gonna have a huge volume change when you go from bridge full power, to either neck or middle.

Nothing you can do about it.

Singles put out like 6-8K Most buckers put out like 10-16K hardly anyone plays bridge pickup by itself clean, so I wouldn't worry about it. Just make sure you wire the pickups so that the bridge splits in position 2 and you'll be golden.

If i needed versatility I'd get a low/med output bucker. The Suhr SSV is great, the Tyler Super is cool, the Duncan custom custom is killer as well (but a little hotter)
 

tremonti

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Yeah JB's seem to always be the choice given....must be a standard type even sound...I'll try one if the Parallel Axis Original doesn't sound good
 

Dave L

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The JB isn´t as standard-sounding as you´d might imagine... it has plenty of power in the high mids, like most of the hot-rodded humbuckers from back in the day, and therefore it has a pretty bright and cutting sound that to my ears sounds best for leads with the gain going. In your shoes I would go with something from the hot PAF category, like the aforementioned Duncan Custom line or the less hot Suhrs. Definitely more versatile than the JB.
 


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