HSS Strats: A reasonable compromise between owning a Strat & a Les Paul?

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  1. jmp

    jmp Supporting Member

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    I have a Custom Shop '60 Strat and a Historic '58 Les Paul flametop. Both are true to their respective years in features. I often find that I am switching guitars, because I'll want a humbucker sound when I have the Strat and a single-coil sound when I'm on the LP. Occassionally, the thought of ditching them both in favor of a nice HSS Strat with vintage style pickups comes to mind. I'm not a pro and don't need a slew of guitars handy. The idea of spending all of my time in a monogamous relationship with ONE instrument is appealing.

    Has anyone here switched from a Strat + LP combo to a single HSS Strat-style guitar and been happy with the compromise? Or is it "just not the same?"

    The guitar that keeps tempting me is the Suhr Classic with V60LP singles and a SSV in the bridge.

    If the Variax didn't require a battery and look so goofy that might be an option.

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    Its the most versatile setup IMHO. Its the most comfortable conventional body shape as well. my prefered setup.
     
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    Battle this all the time, considering going for one of the new PRS models possibly the Studio, best of all worlds. Having owned a Suhr I can say it is awesome but the scale length is longer then a LP and does not have the grunt of a LP. In a strat format the only one I know of that has that LP grunt and strat qwack is a Tyler...
     
  4. taez555

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    My #1 is an HSH Warmoth strat I built with a mahogany body and maple top (just like a les paul) with a goncalo alves/pau fero neck (sorta like a mix between mahogany and rosewood, basically like a les paul)

    It's unique (It has 31 pickup combinations for single, series, parallel, etc), and can cut like a nice Humbucker guitar or super strat, but at the end of the day still sounds more strat than a les paul. However I will say, it's a good compromise and there's a reason it's my #1.

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  5. crossbones

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    I was in the same boat.
    I ended up lucking into a great sounding Big Apple Strat.
    Two humbuckers.
    All the Gibson sounds plus 2 Strat "in between" settings.
    I kept a couple of LP's after that, but have never used them. (13 years or so)

    Having said all that......
    I have purchased two other B A Strats and they have been awful.
     
  6. GulfportBound

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    I've owned and played both an H-S-S Strat and Les Pauls. The H-S-S Strat was a nice guitar, nice player, but nothing like a Les Paul. No guitar really is.
     
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    I own both.......they are still very different sounding guitars. If I were forced to go down to only one guitar, though, it would probably be the s/s/h Strat.
     
  8. SG_Seth

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    I think a Les Paul with coil splitting would be more versatile.

    Sell the strat and get your LP set up for coil splitting.
     
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  9. jmp

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    I agree with MrDoty. If I were forced to only have one type of guitar on my desert island it would be a Strat in the 7.5 lb. range. But I would want to cop some LP vibe, too. Hence the HSS option.

    In case someone suggests the opposite of SG_Seth and say that I just stick a 'bucker in the '60 Strat, I've thought of that and decided that once I deviate from vintage Strat specs I will want to modernize all the way and have things like medium jumbo frets, flatter fretboard radius, two-point tremolo, etc. If I could find an American Standard HSS Strat that didn't weigh 8+ lbs. that might be an option, as the quality of those seems to be really consistent these days.
     
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    this does it for me:

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    Seems like a HH strat with coil splitting could do just about anything you wanted it to -- or a HH tele for that matter.

    would alder/rw be the way to go with one of those? hog/hog?
     
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    pjrhd28 Silver Supporting Member

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    Do not think of an H-S-S strat as a strat that sounds like a Les Paul

    Think of it as a fatter tone out of the bridge humbucker, but still just totally NOT what a Lester sounds (or feels) like
     
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    PRS DGT... just might be what your looking for. It's the only guitar I own and it satisfies my Les Paul craving and my Strat craving.
     
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    I think taez has the right idea if you want something that will do a bit of both.

    Mahogany bodied HSS strat-type.
    You got the heavy wood with the humbucker for tight LP-ish tones and the single coils, slight twang and thinner body for the Strat-ish tones.

    Reasonable compromise was the correct term in my opinion.
     
  15. Lance

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    I have never really been a Les Paul kind of player, and have always gone more the stra, super or tele route. My favorite of any guitar I've ever had is a Rasmus Suhr HSS with an SSV in the bridge, and FL's for singles. I am able to play things that I could never pull off on my USA Fenders, or Ibanez for that matter.
     
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    After being an LP guy for years.....the only guitar I gig with now is a CS Fender HS-1 Strat. It gives me the beautiful glossy rhythm tones I love, and the Humbucker grind I prefer for lead work.
     
  17. superrock

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    i was looking for the same thing, and found it in my number one...
    coil taps via pushpull pots...
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  18. GCDEF

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    This is true. An HSS Strat sound like a Strat with a humbucker, not a Les Paul.
     
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    if the body and neck is mahogany you will get closer than alder or ash and maple and you will need a TOM and stop tailpiece. then its not really a strat IMHO. but i dont think you will hear a ssh strat sound a truly great les paul sound and then switch to the nick pickup and you have a great strat tone. my LP just has a thump to it. but i love my ssh ash/maple asher and it sounds amazing with a humbucker. i had to try a couple of humbuckers before i found one i liked.
     
  20. Brion

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    I like the Hot rail I put in the bridge of my Strat. Not a LP, but a versatile guitar.
     

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