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Strat pickups.. or route for a bucker?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Icetech, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Icetech

    Icetech Member

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    I have a MIM strat which i totally LOVE the way it plays.. but the pups kinda blow.. mid and neck arn't too bad.. bridge is useless, and to be honest i have never heard a bridge single coil i liked..

    I know that some companies make a HB that will fit in a single coil slot, but do they actually have the power of a real bucker?

    I am used to Rio Grande tallboys in my sg's...

    Would i be better off to router and do a HB/SC/SC combo?
     
  2. Tone_Terrific

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    FWIW, if you rout for a hb in a Strat you still get to cover up your mistake if it doesn't work out.
    The s/s/h combo works well for many folks.
     
  3. tim gueguen

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    If its a Standard its probably already routed for a bridge humbucker.
     
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  5. Icetech

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    naw.. its for a SC.. but i have a router... i figure cover the whole top of the guitar in tape and start cutting..... BBBXZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ OOPS>>.. fudge..... hello warmoth?
     
  6. GTRJoe

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    I got really good results with a Dimarzio Pro Track in the bridge position of MIM Strat. I put it in for a friend of mine and he's very happy with it. It's a single coil size bucker. So no routing.
     
  7. Icetech

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    Thanks gtrjoe im gonna have to check them out:) trying to find some rio grandes for a good price for the neck/mid right now:)
     
  8. The Golden Boy

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    If you're interested, try the Fralin Steel Pole or I think Harmonic Design makes a hot SC like the Fralin- they do for the Tele. I have the Fralin that I used- it's pretty P-90 ish in intensity and "balls." I love the HD pickups in my Tele. They're not just overwound Fender pickups- there's an entirely different flavor goin' on there.
     
  9. kipknee

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    FWIW, I've got the Seymour Duncan Lil' 59 in my Strat. Great HB tone, but obviously it's not going to sound like a Les Paul.

    I have to wonder whether some of the tone of a regular HB is partly due to the front/back spacing of the pole-pieces. I would think that the tight spacing of a single-coil-sized HB has to give it a tone somewhat closer to a single-coil (without the hum, of course.) Hard to say without doing a direct comparison between two appropriately equipped Strats. Hmmm, an excuse to buy another Strat? :p
     
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    A real bucker always sounds better if its a good one. I have Fralin Blues Specials in neck and middle and an unbucker in the bridge. Its a lot of fun.
     
  11. stratplexi

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    When running a single coil sized humbucker in the bridge of a strat with single coils in the mid and neck, how do you handle the pot size? Don't humbuckers require 500K pots to fully open up???
     

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