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Old 10-26-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Want to replace guitar bridge pickup, help me choose?

I have an American Stratocaster, and want to put a new bridge pickup in it.. I am looking for recommendations on brands and models. I play mostly melodic metal (As I Lay Dying, Unearth, Children of Bodom..), but also some modern country (Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn..), and having a nice clean is also very important to me. I do not want EMGs. I would like to keep the SSS look on my strat, so I want a single-coil sized humbucker.

What do you think would suit me?
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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I'd recommend looking at Seymour Duncan (I believe it's the Hot Rails, but I could be wrong), and also DiMarzio

EDIT; http://www.seymourduncan.com/produc...ndex.php?page=1

have a look through that, there are loads of stacked humbuckers - Cool Rails, Classic Stack, Hot Stack, etc
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:33 PM   #3
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I'd recommend looking at Seymour Duncan (I believe it's the Hot Rails, but I could be wrong), and also DiMarzio

EDIT; http://www.seymourduncan.com/produc...ndex.php?page=1

have a look through that, there are loads of stacked humbuckers - Cool Rails, Classic Stack, Hot Stack, etc

I watched a few videos about the Hot Rails and a few other rock-oriented SD pickups.. It seems like they are more aimed for classic rock tones rather than high-gain recto tones.. Would you agree?
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:41 PM   #4
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I watched a few videos about the Hot Rails and a few other rock-oriented SD pickups.. It seems like they are more aimed for classic rock tones rather than high-gain recto tones.. Would you agree?


hmm I wouldn't really say they're aimed specifically for that, I've played several guitars with Hot Rails in they're good for anything from classic rock to modern high gain metal. I do think there are better pickups for the job, but they're true humbuckers and since you want single coil sized pickups in a strat, then you may have to settle for something like that unless you want to change your strat to HSS or get another guitar
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
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It begs the question: Why do you have an SSS strat when you play Melodeath?
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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What tonewood is your strat? I'm guessing Alder. In that case it would have pretty good mids and highs naturally. So I'd choose a pickup with a bass-ier response. Also you don't want the pickup to overpower the single coils so I'd shy away from really high output. And certainly not actives. If the pickup becomes to powerful then you loose all the natural acoustic character from the guitar.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:50 PM   #7
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I have a DiMarzio Pro Track in the bridge of my G&L Legacy that I love, but it probably wouldn't fit the heavier stuff you want to play. It definitely nails those modern country tones though...

If I were you I would check out the DiMarzio Super Distortion S. Those seem to be pretty hot pickups and they get good reviews.

Also, you said you don't want EMGs. I'm not a huge fan of them either, but from what I've heard the single-coil-sized EMGs have a much more natural clean tone than the full-size EMGs, but they can still get pretty heavy/thick overdriven tones. If you haven't checked out the different single coil EMG models you might want to do that before you write them off completely...
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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Most pickups for strats are going to have less power than their humbucking counterparts, from what I've seen/heard. I think it's so they match the output of the other pickups a little better. But even if it doesn't have the power you want, as long as it cuts out the hum and gives you a beefier sound, you can always boost your signal with an overdrive or a compressor.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:55 PM   #9
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Melodic metal? I suppose a pretty high-output pickup would be of good use to you...you could check these Tesla pickups out, guy at a local guitar store recommended them to me before and they seem pretty cool :3

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Old 10-26-2012, 10:03 PM   #10
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Check out Lace Alumitones. With those, size (mostly) does not matter- they voice them the same, singlecoil or HB sized. Sound is very clean, slightly bassier than most other singlecoil pickups.

http://www.lacemusic.com/Alumitone_Single_Coil.php
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:48 PM   #11
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:56 PM   #12
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Check out Bare Knuckle Pickups. Their website is great and has sound clips of all their stuff. Their Trilogy Suite pickup might just be exactly what you're looking for.
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