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Old Today, 05:09 AM   #1
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Strat Humbucker

Hi all,

I currently have a mexican strat. Bought it over 10 years ago. For the past 8 it's been sat there doing nothing. So I've cleaned her up and got her in decent working order.

The problem is the music I play has changed. I used to be into blues rock. Now I am playing heavier rock and was thinking about buying a new guitar that would give me a beefier sound. Then I thought it might be worth modifying the strat to get this sound. So the first stage would be replace the bridge pickup for a humbucker and turn it into a fat strat.

Now my question is should I go for a double slot humbucker and either cut my pick guard or buy a new one pre cut.... OR should I buy a single slot humbucker and simply slot it in the angled slot. I'm not quite sure what the effect of the angle with the single slot humbucker would have. I assume it makes the lows a bit warmer and the highs brighter. Is there anyone out there with experience in this that can give me some advice?
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Old Today, 07:41 AM   #2
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I can't really help because my only experience putting a humbucker into a strat involved a cheap Squier, an ibanez humbucker and some wood carving but lately I've been thinking about putting a hot rails in my MIM SSS strat... Seems line it'd be an easy swap.
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I have a 2008 Fender American Standard Stratocaster with Seymour Duncan JB Jr-pickups. Would definitely recommend them.

It is not going to sound exactly like a full sized humbucker, but it gets you close. As I see it, there are no reasons to cut into or change a pickguard when you can install one of these pickups. On the plus side, the Seymour Duncan Strat sized-pickups are designed to work with 250k pots (used stock on Stratocasters) on the contrary to regular humbuckers which are intended for use with different value pots.

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Old Today, 10:07 AM   #4
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DiMarzio Fast Track II.
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500K pot, though.
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Old Today, 10:42 AM   #5
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I haven't tried that many single-sized humbuckers, but the ones I've tried I haven't been that fussed on. If you can do it easily, I'd err on the side on a full-sized one, just so you know you gave it a proper shot.
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+1 to Dave's post.
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Old Today, 11:33 AM   #7
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Are Mexican Strats of that age already routed for a humbucker?
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Old Today, 11:37 AM   #8
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If you're into heavier music just sell the Strat and get a new guitar.
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