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People who insist on their Strat being SSS, what do you use the bridge pickup for?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Badside, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Badside

    Badside Member

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    Seriously... bridge humbuckers at least are good for distorted rhythm tones. But single coils? Why make the thinnest pickup position even thinner? Sure you can roll the tone down and fatten it up, but you're working with so little output by then you need an extra pedal to compensate.

    I love the Strat's middle and neck sounds, but I still can't figure out what to do with that bridge pickup and don't understand why some people just spit on HSS Strat as if they were the devil.

    I do admit SSS Strats look better though.

    Basically convince me not to install a bridge humbucker on my Strat.
     
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    i doubt it'd convince anyone of anything, but -
    i use it for this: that solo is all strat bridge pickup plugged directly into a mod'd boombox, then straight to the board.



    this is all that same strat bridge too:



    one mas:

     
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  3. PatrickE_FenderADV

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    A hotter PU with a baseplate and dedicated tone control.

    /thread
     
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    Check out the Swedish band Plankton and then try to tell me Strat bridge pickups are always thin. ;)
     
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    I like an s s s strat also. But youre right. Bridge pickup is least used. Yet I've never even picked up a hss strat.
    It's kinda crazy. Too late now I'm out of my 20 yr strat phase.
     
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    I agree that they’re not the easiest. Overwound bridge pickups help, as does a dedicated control. But played through a fuzz pedal and a loud amp...it’s a match made in heaven. The fuzz provides plenty of low end, and the single coil gives an aggressive cut. Fuzz changed my opinion of Strat bridge tones!
     
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    I go with a stacked HB in the bridge. Still sounds stratty enough with plenty of twang, but just a bit more bottom end, and you can pile on the gain with no noise. Dedicated tone control still a must. And most importantly, still looks cool
     
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    I like the plain bridge pickup sound; nothing wrong with it at all. Delayed passages soaked in reverb, distorted leads, etc. If a tele bridge pickup can supposedly do it all, a strat's can.
     
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    I use it all the time. It’s all in the combination of a good pickup, the right settings, and the way you attack the strings.
     
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    Some leads, some scratchy rhythm parts.
     
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    Strat singlecoil bridge pickups are great from clean to mean. There are countless examples proving this to be true. If you have no use for it, that's on you.
     
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    The Strat single coil bridge pickup is essential to the classic 4th position sound and it’s also a great sound for epic fuzz or when you want to “talk” with the guitar.

    A humbucker in the bridge position of a Strat is a great sound but you give up plenty when you go that direction.
     
  16. supersoldier71

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    Hmmm... times have changed!

    I once got clowned by a famous pro for even asking that question here.

    Turns out the famous pro's solution worked for him, not me.

    I have a JB Jr in the bridge of my favorite Strat. Doesn’t sound at all like a full sized JB to me but it sounds better than a single.
     
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    Oh, man. Ya, you install that Humbucker. We insist. lol
     
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    i like a hot bridge single... then i moved to dg20 emgs.... now it does anything
     
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    Almost a Strat - the bridge is a low output Lollar P-90
    [​IMG]
     
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    I wouldn’t call this guy’s bridge pup weak ...

     

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