Seymour Duncan Pickups for strat????

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  1. wyldesigns

    wyldesigns Member

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    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

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    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

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    My gigging strats have always had Cool Rails / Classic Stack / 'Lil 59r.
     
  4. 9fingers

    9fingers Supporting Member

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    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

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    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....

    Peace,

    jb
     

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