Who makes the best single-sized humbucker for Strats?

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  1. runningman

    runningman Member

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    I'm fixin' to grab a vintage-style Strat--like an American Original or EJ--which will almost certainly be routed for SSS.

    I have no use for the traditional Strat bridge p'up, but I'd prefer to avoid routing a good guitar for a humbucker.

    I've had limited experience with Duncan JB Jr. and Little '59s, but I found them somewhat lacking.

    Is there a single-sized HB on the market that sounds close to a good PAF-style humbucker?
     
  2. sedawkgrep

    sedawkgrep Silver Supporting Member

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    Dimarzio Pro Track is EXACTLY what you’re asking for.
     
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    The one you personally like the most for your specific guitar. :)
     
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    Is that anything like the 36th Anniversary HB? I have that one in another Strat, and I like it a lot

    see above
     
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    I have a DiMarzio Fast Track 2 in the bridge position that sounds great. I like it better than the Duncan Hot Rails...
     
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    sedawkgrep Silver Supporting Member

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    Never played a 36th in the bridge in a strat style guitar. However the pro track is exactly the PAF sound. If you haven’t, read dimarzios description of it.
     
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    For closest to an articulate paf style, the SD lil 59 or custom shop lil Pearly Gates are probably your best bet. If you are looking for something fatter and less dynamic, try the Dimarzio Protrack although I personally find rail based pickups to be overly flat from a dynamic perspective.

    If you are looking for higher output, the rail pickups with attenuated highs like the Dimarzio Tonezone S or BC2 get closest to a real high output humbucker.
     
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    Another vote for DiMarzio Pro Track.
     
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    You could try a DiMarzio. Email them and tell them what you want. They'll probably set you right.
     
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    I always liked the Little 59. The Red Devil is a good choice of you want something hotter, but not as hot as a JB Jr. For something warmer, a neck Hot Rails in the bridge is a great choice in a Strat, too.
     
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    I had the same issue a while ago and after a lot of swapping in and out end up with a Zexcoil Juicy Bucker in the bridge. That pickup sounds great, very powerful, but not brash or lacking like some of the other minis I tried.

    Zexcoil also make a couple of dedicated PAF flavoured pickups that might fit the bill too:
     
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  12. Stormin

    Stormin Tele's and Plexis Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    If you can find the older Little ‘59, they sound better to me than the newer ones. The older one has a cloth tape wrap around the bobbins, under the top plate. The newer one has a molded cover that goes around and seals the whole unit.

    I’ve had an original one in my 1968 Strat since the 90’s and it sounds fantastic in that guitar.

     

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