#1
Hello all,
I've recently switched over to guitar permanently for my band (I've been primarily a bassplayer but try to keep up on my guitar playing). Last week (a few days after I made this decision) I bought a Mexican Fender Strat at a pawn shop for $100! Good condition, works good, etc. I'm happy, the only problem is that my band is primarily metal (not heavily de-tuned though, just drop D). I don't mind playing the Strat (its a great guitar, it was very cheap and is uncommon at most metal shows I play at) but what do you guys think I can do to improve its sound?

I've seen single coil shaped humbuckers. Do you guys recommend this? If so, at which position, neck, middle, or bridge pickup? I'm guessing bridge, I just wanna know for sure. I doubt I'd be able to buy three humbuckers, maybe I'll do one of those and two normal single coils, which are generally cheaper. Also, what bridge should I buy to upgrade?

Suggestions?
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#2
For a better tone, why not buy a HSS pickguard and put something like a Seymour Duncan Screamin' Demon or SH-8 Invader in the bridge? That would give you a better metal tone than a single coil sized bucker, imo.



If you want to go for a good single coil size bucker though, get a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails. But for the tone you're after, switching your strat to HSS would probably be better.
Last edited by irishstang_87 at Nov 15, 2008,
#3
I heard the single coil sized humbuckers are pretty good. If you get that get it for the bridge position.
I dont know much about them so I cant really recommend anything specific...
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#4
Well, if it's Mex, it's probably routed HSH, so get a nice Humbucker in the bridge, maybe a Seymour Duncan, and an HSS pickguard, problem solved
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#5
I'd go for a DiMarzio Chopper($70) in the neck, a DiMarzio Evolution($50) in the mid and a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails($75) in the bridge. As for the bridge, frankly I think the strat's bridge is fine as-is, but if your playing metal you may want to try a floyd rose. an OFR will cost you about $100 on eBay, and installation and routing is anywhere from $70 to $250.
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Hm Duncan Disto in the bridge, little '59 in the neck, Super Vee. it costs about $440 but it's worth it IMO.
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#7
Dimarzio Tone Zone S in the bridge?
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Suggestions?


another vote for the humbucker in the bridge position... I have a SD Hot Rails in one of my strats and I can't complain at all
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#9
Thanks so much for the suggestions guys!

I think I'll keep the bridge, I don't use the tremolo enough to justify getting a floyd. I'll look up these pickups, they all sound good...

BTW the guitar is routed single, single, single. So i'd have to route out the space for a full humbucker if i wanted one...
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Thanks so much for the suggestions guys!

I think I'll keep the bridge, I don't use the tremolo enough to justify getting a floyd. I'll look up these pickups, they all sound good...

BTW the guitar is routed single, single, single. So i'd have to route out the space for a full humbucker if i wanted one...


In that case, Seymour Duncan Hot Rails in the bridge would be my suggestion

#11
Yeah, Hot rails. I'm still gonna suggest a new block for the trem; GFS sells a decent one for about $20. Steel>Zinc tonewise, it's just that zinc is cheaper.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#12
Looks like the Hot Rails is the winner...sounds good.

thanks again!



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Looks like the Hot Rails is the winner...sounds good.

thanks again!



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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
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Quote by irishstang_87
For a better tone, why not buy a HSS pickguard and put something like a Seymour Duncan Screamin' Demon or SH-8 Invader in the bridge? That would give you a better metal tone than a single coil sized bucker, imo.



If you want to go for a good single coil size bucker though, get a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails. But for the tone you're after, switching your strat to HSS would probably be better.


thats what i woudl have said, HSS pickguard and an SD invader
#20
Can't you get a JB Junior or am i mistaken.

I'm sure that would do the job.
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