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Old 11-15-2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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Fender Stratocaster Pickups

Well, i have two guitars. A Gibson Les Paul, and a Fender Stratocaster.

My strat has a mini humbucker in the bridge, and normal single coils in the middle and neck position.


What i was wondering is; should i change back to a normal single coil in the bridge? To get the standard strat tone again.

The reason i changed pickups in the first place, was because i could not afford another guitar at the moment, and that was the only guitar i had, and wanted to be able to play song that sounded better on a humbucker. But now that i have a Les Paul, which I've had for 2 years, i don't really NEED that humbucker tone from my strat.

I'm a really big fan of bands/artist like Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer and Jimi Hendrix. And all of those uses a strat.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:20 AM   #2
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So you want it to sound like a standard Strat again? So yes, you should put the old pickups back in.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:25 AM   #3
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That's the problem, I'm not sure if I want to. I'm considering changing back to the standard strat tone. I can't make up my mind!
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:39 AM   #4
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If you don't need the humbucker tone then there's little point in having it. Compared to the sound/tone of a LP I personally would go back to the single coil on the strat so you have the option of a more twangy sound.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:26 AM   #5
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so you want US to decide if YOU want to change back to a single coil? in that case i say change it back. I mean why not? Can you think of any reasons not to?
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:29 AM   #6
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:30 AM   #7
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IMO strats suck, but the original of anything is the best, so change back.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:34 AM   #8
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What Kind of strat is it?
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:56 PM   #9
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IMO strats suck, but the original of anything is the best, so change back.


That's an enlightened comment.

TS. Might as well have as much variety as possible, right? If you want options then grab the single coils and whack them back in.

My Strat, which is awesome, is humbucked with split coils, would that appeal to you? It's generally really cheap for guitar techs to do.

Then you have even more options!
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:37 PM   #10
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Why not? You're never gonna get that gnarly Jimi bridge pickup tone with a humbucker - INCLUDING one that coil splits (yes, I know he sometimes used Flying Vs, SGs, etc. but I'm talking about his signature tone on songs like Voodoo Child). Plus you have an LP with humbuckers, which is gonna sound a lot better than a Strat with a humbucker anyway.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:55 PM   #11
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:07 PM   #12
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Stop being a woman and change it back.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:32 PM   #13
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Plus you have an LP with humbuckers, which is gonna sound a lot better than a Strat with a humbucker anyway.


Again, I don't agree with that, that's very subjective.

My Strat is full mini humbucker and sounds so awesome. Really gnarly. It sounds different than my Gibson LP Studio and in my opinion I prefer it. And that Studio is a really nice specimen. I played 5-6 when I went to buy it and found what I think is the best one but it's become my workworse whereas my Strat is the guitar I'd go to every time for recording.

TS, if you really like the humbucker Strat, keep it. If you want the traditional Strat sound then make them stock. There's really no right or wrong, one doesn't suck more than the other. There's a reason why they are popular guitars and sell well in many configurations, it's because they rock.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #14
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Again, I don't agree with that, that's very subjective.

Didn't mean to come off like a dick! Meant to say I prefer the LP sound (but out of the three I'd take the SSS Strat). Not trying to say a HSS Strat is a bad sound at all, just not my preference!
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Nuff said! Gonna change it back today! Thanks for replies!
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:42 AM   #16
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Get a nice after market single coil, nice lowish output, no overwound stuff.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:28 AM   #17
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IMO strats suck, but the original of anything is the best, so change back.

That's why Les Pauls should look like this:




Did you ever hear people say they want that awesome trapezoid bridge which makes palm muting impossible back and that a Les Paul is not a Les Paul with P90s?
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:07 PM   #18
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perhaps a different pickup would be an option. i have Lace Sensor's in my strat+ which have more balls than a stock fender pup (blue in the bridge on mine) but still retain most of the positive qualities of a regular single coil.
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Did you ever hear people say they want that awesome trapezoid bridge which makes palm muting impossible back and that a Les Paul is not a Les Paul with P90s?

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