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Old 01-13-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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SC-sized neck humbucker for Strat?

Hello again, UG-community!

As you might or might not know, I changed the bridge pickup of my Strat for a Duncan Custom. I'm very happy with this change, BUT I don't find the current neck-PU fitting too well, as in it sounding kind of whimpy and weak compared to the Custom.

What I want would be an SC-sized neck 'bucker - since my Strat is HSS-routed - that balances better with the Custom, provides a good big, singing but clear neck humbucker tone (as good as the size allows of course) and has a rather good clean/split tone.

I want the tone to be as much humbucker-ish as possible, I don't want something that just sounds like a noiseless singlecoil.

Preferably I'd like to stick to Duncans/Dimarzio because of the price and availability.


What I considered so far was mostly the Dimarzio Pro Track, so any input on that one would be nice as well.


Thanks in advance, recommend ahead!
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:53 PM   #3
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Thanks, Offworld, but really no other input?
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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Duncan Hot Rails. Best SC-size humbuckers I've ever tried. Highly recommended.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:25 PM   #5
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I know it's not what you were asking for, but have you considered Lace Sensors? I have some hot golds in my strat and they're fantastic. Fatter than single coils, noiseless (well, almost entirely noiseless) and they have the added bonus of increasing your sustain. You can get some higher output ones to suit your needs.

Just some food for thought. If not, the SD hotrails are very good.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:40 PM   #6
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Duncan makes a Jazz version in SC sized HB. Also, check out the DiMarzio Air Norton S...it looks like the closest thing to an Air Classic (which I have and love) in SC form...
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I know it's not what you were asking for, but have you considered Lace Sensors? I have some hot golds in my strat and they're fantastic. Fatter than single coils, noiseless (well, almost entirely noiseless) and they have the added bonus of increasing your sustain. You can get some higher output ones to suit your needs.

Just some food for thought. If not, the SD hotrails are very good.


i'll 2nd Lace Sensors. the hot golds probably wont give you what you want however the blue will. i ave one in the bridge of one of my strats but one of the sets they offer has it in the neck. you still have a nice clean fat strat sound and more balls when used with distortion basically the best of both worlds.
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Dimarzio Injector Neck or Chopper would cover it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:30 AM   #9
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Lindy Fralin also makes some split-blade SC-sized humbuckers. I played on a Strat that had the Vintage Hot one and it kinda reminded me of an overwound PAF.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:56 PM   #10
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Well, thanks for the input, although I'm not sure if all those very different suggestions help all that much deciding.

Injector, Chopper: no. As I said, I want something that sounds like a humbucker, not something singlecoil-ish.

The Lace Sensor Blue seems worth considering though.
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I don't know what the custom sounds like, but the hot rails is awesome. Full, fat sound. Great output that doesn't get lost in the mix.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:03 AM   #12
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Well, the Custom is kind of a 'Distortion light'.
Rather high output, a quite big low end that's very tight though, balanced midrange (no JB-like mid-spike) and cutting high end. It sounds rather bright overall but with a big body to the tone. Kind of like AC/DC tone on steroids.

EDIT: That's why I also don't want something too dark/warm sounding in the neck.
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