Single coil size humbucker///which one!!!

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  1. jimmyohio75

    jimmyohio75 Member

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    I just bought a new 2008 Am Std strat. I am looking to replace the bridge single coil with a single coil size humbucker. Which one will give me the thick, beefy tone I am looking for?

    Hot Rails
    Lil 59
    Chopper
    JB Jr.

    Other?
     
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    Dimarzio - Tone Zone S if you are using primarily distortion sounds

    Dimarzio - Pro Track if you use a lot of clean and distortion

    Duncan - Hot Rails for primarily distortion. ( I currently use an older version )
     
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    Sounds a little bright. I wonder if it's the crappy camera mic?

    Would you describe it as bright on your guitar?
     
  5. Flinto2002

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    Seriously......None. They don't make anything that will give you legit beefy humbucker tone.

    Tone Zone S isn't the real deal...had one in a guitar, lots of output, but lacked girth. I've had a Lil 59 as well....next.....

    The Dimarzio fast track is OK, not super hot, but sounds decent. Honestly though, none of them do the trick.

    Buy a new pickguard, put a full size HB in there and be done with it.
     
  6. auraelux

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    Might be, it has a lot twang, nothing shrill in my experience, I can get more than enough chunk out of my palm mutes no problem. To me the JB series is made up of real natural sounding pickups. And as for the guys saying no single coil size humbucker stands up to the real thing...I say try the Hot Rail...it is a brutal pickup.

    Just listen to Poison the Well, not everyones cup of tea here, but they're a home-grown Miami hardcore band that uses teles with hotrails, they tear my face off everytime.
     
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    :agree
     
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    :agree as well.

    I tried a JB Jr and did'nt like the thin shrillness it had.
     
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    I heard the Seymour Duncan hot rails does a pretty good job, Im in the same boat but my guitar is routed SSS and I'm not about to route it HB. I'm a single coil player anyway so I have a hunch it will be plenty of beef for my uses.

    IMO

    RC
     
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    I have a lil 59 in my Charvel Tele and it sounds every bit as raunchy as a full size bucker and I am a humbucker guy.

    I had a hot rails in a Strat style guitar before and it was really hot.

    I'd go for the Lil 59.

    Scott
     
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    The Chopper is my favorite single coild sized bucker. It sounds fat a punchy, while retaining some of the guitar's own voice.
     
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    I don't care for the muddy hot rails. Heard good things about the chopper but haven't tried it.

    Didn't like the JB jr. I do love the Fralin SP43 over that. It's a single coil so you still have the hum, and it has the about same output as the JB jr. but more punch. and you're strat still has the strat tones. It does ZZtop to heavier stuff excellent, sounds a lot like a p90. Bold, mean and muscular. Zero fat.
     
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    Agree with Flinto,if you're after 'bucker tones,get a full sized one!The thing I mainly dislike regarding lil' hums it that most of them have ceramic magnets and I find ceramics to sound a bit "dry" when played clean...Anyway,if you want to stick to that design,I would recommend the lil'59(nothing like the "real thing",but I find this pup to have a rather interesting voice of it's own)
     
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    lil 59
    in that guitar, it'll really get it done

    t4d
     
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    Lil'59 has good attack, but a real thick and beefy humbucker tone is probably going to elude you a bit (different body wood and a spring trem). You might want to rewire the neck and middle pickups to the first tone pot and the bridge to the second tone pot (maybe a 300K tone pot for more top end with a .033µF or.047µF cap to get a thicker tone roll off).
     

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