Seymour Duncan Pickups for strat????

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by wyldesigns, May 21, 2008.

  1. wyldesigns

    wyldesigns Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    I'm stuck in deciding between a couple of SD pickups!!

    I'm getting a Highway1 strat soon (HSS or SSS) and want to kick it up.

    My choices so far:
    - JB / Duckbucker / Li'l 59
    - Screamin Demon / Duckbucker / Li'l 59
    - Li'l JB / Duckbucker / Li'l 59
    - Li'l Screamin Demon / Duckbucker / Li'l 59
    - Either of the above mentioned, with something else in the middle maybe??

    Sound I'm looking for are from George Lynch, Dann Huff, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Perry and Billy Duffy

    (through a SLO100 clone & JTM45)
  2. RockStarNick

    RockStarNick Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2005
    North NJ
    Hmm. I'd stay clear of the lil' series, unless you REALLY want the SSS look. I'd go for a full size humbucker for the bridge.

    What kind of tone do you want? The lil 59 actually IS a great neck pickup.

    Duck bucker would work if you need hum cancelling and want quacky in between positions.

    The JB is a love or hate kinda pickup. I've not heard MANY good things about the Screamin deamon. I tell ya, a GREAT all around pickup with great crunch and clarity and bottom end and PAF vibe is the Duncan custom. AWesome pickup.
  3. VCuomo

    VCuomo Member

    Nov 5, 2003
    Southern California
    My gigging strats have always had Cool Rails / Classic Stack / 'Lil 59r.
  4. 9fingers

    9fingers Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Hills of WV
    Lil' 59 is indeed a great neck pup. Had a JB Jr bridge pup that I couldn't stand - it is real hot & maybe OK if you reeeeaallly like upper mids.
  5. Troubleman

    Troubleman Silver Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    Remulon V Beta Colony
    Depending upon the guitar, Duncan miniJB or L'il '59 works in the bridge. The miniJB is hot, and a bit mid-range strident. If your guitar lacks mids, cool pickup. If it has plenty of mids already - L'il '59 - it's hotter than a single coil, but nowhere near a full-sized Duncan '59. If you want a great-sounding hot Strat-sized humbucker, jump over to DiMarzio and get a Strat-sized Tone Zone. As for neck and middle Strat single coils, if you really want a vintage Strat sound from Duncan pickups that'll work for modern stuff as well - go with Duncan Alnico Pro IIs (alnico pro strat) and add a Suhr BPSSC. That would be a killer set-up:

    Neck: Duncan APS
    Middle: Duncan APS
    Bridge: DiMarzio Tone Zone

    Have a Suhr BPSSC installed and you're set.

    If you want an "overwound" but vintage Strat sound - go with Suhr Fletcher/Landau single coils....



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