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Recommend a bridge humbucker for my Strat

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by SmokeyJacks, May 23, 2011.

  1. SmokeyJacks

    SmokeyJacks Member

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    I have a Fender American Special Strat that I bought new last December. I really like the Texas Specials in the neck and middle positions (I know a lot of you guys aren't big fans) but I don't really like the tone of the Atomic humbucker in the bridge position.

    Can you guys please recommend some humbuckers for my strat? I don't have a huge budget so please don't recommend the most high-end boutique stuff :)

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  2. gulliver

    gulliver Supporting Member

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    Maybe some clues as to the tone you're looking for? Your amp? etc...
     
  3. SmokeyJacks

    SmokeyJacks Member

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    to be honest, i don't really know what tone i am looking for because there isn't a particular strat/humbucker tone that comes to mind. jeff beck had bridge buckers in his strats, right?
     
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    Okay then, what DON'T you like about the Atomic HB that you have now?
     
  5. SmokeyJacks

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    The Atomic HB is really muddy. When the tone knob is rolled down, it has a decent bass sound...but even at 10 its muddy sounding...I want more bite.
     
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    Any band sound that your are trying to get?

    I had a SD Custom 5 in a PRS Santana SE and it made a world of difference. Sounded sweet coil tapped too. Nice tight low end. I was playing mord hard rock/heavy metal.
     
  7. SmokeyJacks

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    I'm not playing any metal with the strat. I mostly just use the hb for lead.
     
  8. big mike

    big mike House Plexi Staff Member

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    I'd go with a Duncan 59 or Custom. Maybe a Pearly Gates.

    Should match up well with the Texas Specials and sound great.
     
  9. rabbuhl

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    Black Fralin Unbucker. Buy a 500k Fender S1 switch to control the split and 500k pots.
     
  10. SMark

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    If you need to bring out some more highs...

    PAF Output - Duncan Pearly Gates
    Mid-Gain - Duncan Screamin' Demon
    Hi-Gain - Duncan Custom

    And I expect that the Duncan Custom is likely lower gain than your Atomic HB, so don't think that the Custom is necessarily a metal pickup. All these buckers will give you increased articulation without messing with the bottom-end much. Although, of the three mentioned, the Custom will have broader mids along with the higher gain.
     
  11. GarMan

    GarMan Supporting Member

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    Get a Suhr SSV Humbucker. They pair up well with SCs, and I think they are priced reasonably well. They are not hot at all really. Just a great sound with some honk, bite, and clarity. I think you will be pleased.
     
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    bill lawrence L-90.

    call them, and tell them what kind of sound you're looking for, they'll select the proper strength pickup to suit.
     
  13. DaveG

    DaveG Gold Supporting Member

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    My Fat Strat Texas Special came stock with Texas Special neck & middle pickups, and a Pearly Gates Plus in the bridge... it's a great match up.
     
  14. dughaze

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    I have a Fat Strat Texas Special too. I love the Texas Special single coils and did not like the Pearly Gates + humbucker in the bridge. I replaced it with a highly recommended JB and that is even worse. I am ready to try an Anerson H2 or H3 in it next. I had an H3 in an old Strat and it really ripped.

    I could probably live with just the neck pickup in this guitar though, that is where the sweet spot is on this guitar. It's like Hendrix or Vaugn but only better.

    Wait, tone is in the fingers right?:spit

    I crack myself up.
     
  15. shane8

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    consider a dimarzio air norton
     
  16. gulliver

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    Is Fender actually using a Pearly Gates plus, or are you guys referring to the DH-1, which supposed to be based on it? Just curious.
     
  17. SmokeyJacks

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    anyone else ever use an Atomic hb? unless i'm playing with high gain...it just sounds terrible.
     
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    I highly recommend the regular Norton.
     
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    Mine says "Seymour Duncan" on the front of the pickup & "PGP" on the back... it's a Pearly Gates Plus.
     
  20. gulliver

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    Interesting, thanks.
     

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