Pro/Con: HSS guitars

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  1. trap

    trap Supporting Member

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    How many threads are there about boost pedals for solos? And yet the the argument is that the HB is a boost? That’s exactly why I like it!
    I don’t need no stinking boost!
    And when wired with the coil closest to the bridge active it splits really nicely.
     
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  2. msquared

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    I grew up listening to the hair metal and shred rock of the '80s and early '90s, so to some extent the HSS sound is what I consider "normal" out of guitars.

    And while a coil split humbucker at the bridge isn't exactly the same as a slightly angled single coil, by the time you pass it through effects and an amp and the room and the band, splitting that particular hair is a tough sell for me.
     
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  3. LTigh

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    I see no cons.
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    I hear no cons, either.
     
  4. The Interceptor

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    Thanks to this little ripper I am officially in the HSS camp. This guitar is the closest I have come to the Holy Grail or Swiss Army Knife.

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  5. JGD5150

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    I had an American Standard that I modded to HSS back in the 90s with Texas Specials neck and mid and a JB in the bridge. This was my main guitar for about 7 years and I used it for everything. It was set up to automatically split the ‘bucker in position 2, and it quacked pretty well. I also had installed Sperzels, and as a result it held tune amazingly well. Wouldn’t mind getting that guitar back someday.
     
  6. the_Chris

    the_Chris It's All Been Done Before Supporting Member

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    I have one HSS guitar for sale simply because I prefer 2 pickup guitars better. My experience has been that a guitar that does a bit too much never really excels at anything and I’d rather be limited to 3 positions and have them be perfect at their “thing” than 5 positions where 3 are just “good” and 2 are “ok”.

    Part of it may be that I just haven’t found the right mix of pickups. I’ve done the resistor tricks to balance out the tones and that’s a must IMHO, but maybe I just needed some hot single coils in there to circumvent having to use a compressor and keep the blend a bit more natural. I’ve never had a Strat I could keep so I think I’m just not a fan of Strat single coils.

    I have 3 guitars now outfitted with Dynasonics, P90s and humbuckers and I like them for what they do and don’t ever want to grab the HSS so it’s been on consignment at a guitar shop for the past 4 months.
     

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