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All singles 12 29.27%
Throw in a humbucker 29 70.73%
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:20 AM   #1
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To humbucker, or not to humbucker?

I am shopping around for a Fender Strat , and I am torn.....
I have seen some standard Strats with 3 single coils, as well as some Strats with 2 singles and a humbucker for the same price. So, I am taking it to the masses..... To humbucker, or not to humbucker? That is the question...
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:26 AM   #2
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Well it depends on what types of sounds your trying to achieve
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:40 AM   #3
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My music style covers different genres: country, oldies/surfer rock, occasionally blues, and southern rock mainly. I have tried out both of these guitars at Guitar Center, and both sounded really nice.
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:04 AM   #4
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I like the hss model myself.
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:18 AM   #5
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I have an HSS myself and i wouldn't trade it for anyhing, you can basicly play every genre and it can reach the limits of heavynes by that humbucker combined with the right amp settings.
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:25 AM   #6
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I'd get a HH but I play metal
But really, I'd get the Hss
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:04 AM   #7
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I like sss strats, has just never really feels like a strat to me.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:04 AM   #8
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That depends, although generally I'd say HSS is probably going to be a better/more versatile option in any case except 1) when you really want that super-nasal twangy sound of a bridge single coil, 2) as above, it feels wrong for you for whatever reason if it's not SSS. But still, I think you get tons of single coil tons with middle and neck single coil pickups already, and a humbucker will open a lot of additional possibilites.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:04 AM   #9
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Have a HSS strat with a coil splitter on the h so can get both sounds. Don't know if they make them anymore. Mine is from 1985.
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:33 AM   #10
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My music style covers different genres: country, oldies/surfer rock, occasionally blues, and southern rock mainly. I have tried out both of these guitars at Guitar Center, and both sounded really nice.


You should get the SSS for what you want, IMO.
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:48 AM   #11
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If you can rent a strat, maybe try that and see if you use the bridge pup.
I never used it, so I replaced it with a jbjr(minihumbucker), and I use that a lot.
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:22 PM   #12
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My music style covers different genres: country, oldies/surfer rock, occasionally blues, and southern rock mainly. I have tried out both of these guitars at Guitar Center, and both sounded really nice.


For those genres I'd get an SSS
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:46 PM   #13
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You should get the SSS for what you want, IMO.


Agreed.

Though that's not to say he might not prefer HSS- there's no accounting for taste, as they say.

Worth pointing out- it's not the end of the world whichever way you go. USA strats should be routed for a bridge humbucker even if you go with the SSS version (i think ), so if you change your mind later you can just buy a new pickguard and a humbucker and wire it up.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:04 PM   #14
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Agreed.

Though that's not to say he might not prefer HSS- there's no accounting for taste, as they say.

Worth pointing out- it's not the end of the world whichever way you go. USA strats should be routed for a bridge humbucker even if you go with the SSS version (i think ), so if you change your mind later you can just buy a new pickguard and a humbucker and wire it up.


yes they are routed for a ful sized humbucker. of course there are other options as well. if you get an SSS strat you can always change the pickups to nose canceling or stacked humbuckers ans still retain most of the natural strat sound.

personally i'd go with a SSS for what you play.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:07 PM   #15
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:58 PM   #16
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I purchased a USA standard strat and got the SSS model. I ended up putting in a humbucker into the bridge.....had to buy a new pickguard.

Might as well get the HSS....if you want a single coil-ish sound, you can split the humbucker...sounds pretty similar from what I remember at least.
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Old 06-24-2015, 05:34 PM   #17
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I've always been an HSS guy so as long as the humbucker has coil split. It won't be exactly like a single coil in sound as they usually are on a strat, but definatley more in the "close enough" territory for it to not matter that much. All of my strats have bridge humbuckers.
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Old 06-24-2015, 05:46 PM   #18
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It is strictly personal preference, but I would go HSS. The standard type of SC neck pickup has always seemed like too much of a good thing to me - IMO the mellower tones of a humbucker neck are a better match to the middle and neck singles. The sounds I like more or less in line with your genres not too hot or distorted.

You can always add a coil split or parallel switch if you want more single-like sounds.
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:42 PM   #19
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Never liked stock Fender humbuckers. Single coils is what they know and excel at. Not to say I don't like humbuckers in Strats, because I do - a lot. I only argue that you'd be better off with aftermarket pickups than stock ones.

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I purchased a USA standard strat and got the SSS model. I ended up putting in a humbucker into the bridge.....had to buy a new pickguard.

Might as well get the HSS....if you want a single coil-ish sound, you can split the humbucker...sounds pretty similar from what I remember at least.


Never heard of single-coil-sized humbuckers? They drop straight in, and have a more focused and less 'woofy' tone. You might find they're just your thing. I certainly did!
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:46 PM   #20
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It really depends on what style of music you want to play, but if you're just going for versatility, an HSS strat is definitely one of your best options. I can go from metal in the bridge to totally clean tones with the flip of the selector with mine. I'd recommend it.
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