Inexpensive SC sized humbucker for a Strat

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  1. GCDEF

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    Looking for a single sized humbucker that doesn't cost an arm and a let for the bridge in a Strat. Not really looking to spend the $75 or so that Duncan and Dimarzio are selling theirs for.
     
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    Check out GFS. No experience with Strat-sized HBs, but I've heard a lot of positives about most of their pickups, and the few I've played have been good. Or something used.
     
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    In true TGP style, how about a humbucker-sized sc for 135 dollars?

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  4. Badside

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    Just saying, but sometimes saving money costs more in the long run. Eventually you upgrade anyway because the cheaper stuff ends up not cutting it.
    Some people are happy with cheaper options like GFS, but I have yet to not just throw these away and go back to Dimarzio or Duncan.

    So now I just refrain from buying stuff until I have enough money for what I really want.
     
  5. drbob1

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    Or buy used. Often you can find a good deal here, or on Reverb.com or even Ebay. And pickups are hardy, they're rarely damaged when they arrive.
     
  6. GCDEF

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    Good for you, but that's not what I asked. FWIW, GFS doesn't have one.
     
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    I would look for a used Duncan little '59. You will be pleased.
     
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    You may have to do that with other brands as well, depending on your guitar and the particular pickup. I've seen a few cracked and warped pickguards where this style of pickup has been shoehorned in.
     
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    Just look for a used Dimarzio Area on EvilBay.
     
  14. robmarch

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    OP - are you looking for a humbucking single coil sounding pickup, or a humbucker sounding pickup in a single coil footprint? The areas are generally more of the first, not the second.
     
  15. GCDEF

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    Single coil sized humbucker that sounds like a humbucker.
     
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    Are you looking for high gain stuff or more of a PAF tone?
     
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    PAF
     
  19. TheGuildedAge

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    The Duncan Lil 59 definitely has some punch to it without being heavy metal.

    Dimarzio makes great stuff too. I prefer Dimarzio to Duncan generally, but the ll 59 has a great rock tone. Dimarzio Pro Track is great too.

    You can usually get 10-15 percent off all the time on Musicians Friend if you ask.

    I would definitely go used Dimarzio or Duncan if it were me. Disadvantage is if you buy used, you can't take advantage of the return policy.

    I see them used for $35 ish.
     
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    I'd go with a Manlius T-90. Its still a single coil but can really thump yet still have some chime.
     

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