#1
So, i finally made my mind that I want a pickup change on my Fender Strat rahter than whole new guitar. I kinda like the tone i have now, but I would like to change some things. I wanted to make the neck-pickup more appropriate to soloing, but still make it a good blues pair with the middle pickup. I would like toa dd more output to the bridge tone and get a Slash/Angus tone out of it without any hum. I mainly play Blues, Classic and Hard Rock. I have around 80$ budget for each pickup.

thanks
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#2
IMO: Hot Rails bridge, Cool rails Mid, Vintage Rails Neck.
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IMO: Hot Rails bridge, Cool rails Mid, Vintage Rails Neck.


isnt the Hot Rails like, Metal-output? I was thinking about a JB Jr or a Little 59 for the bridge
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#5
maybe some kind of seymour duncan humbucker in the bridge?
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+1.
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#10
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idiot


Just to make sure that EVERYONE understands this....
You're a "Cook at Dairy Queen" and you're calling me an "idiot"?!?

Look kid....
I own a fender and I can get a much better rock tone out of my guitars that are equipped with humbuckers than singlecoils. I wasn't bagging on this guy.... just stating the facts. I love my Fenders don't get me wrong.

Anything else you'd like to debate child?
#11
Making your Strat more 'rock-oriented' lies also within your amp and effects. If you expect Angus and Slash sounds, it's something that's rather hard to fudge. Fiddling with your pickups can help you out a little bit, but don't ever expect to sound like it's coming straight off the Highway to Hell album. While humbuckers are the desired equipment for stuffs like that, if you know how to work your amp you can possibly get the tones you desire. I'm running a Squier Affinity into 3 pedals and a Line 6 Spider 3 amp, not the best equipment, but I can get Iron Maiden tones pretty well.
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#12
hotrails and stuff
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#13
i get some cool tones by using the bridge and middle, and then i turn the tone on the middle pickup down at least half way, it really works well for me.
ive also seen someone do some weird wiring that made you be able to switch from a regular strat sound, to doing something weird and they become humbuckers. let me find it.

here is the wiring method
http://www.1728.com/guitar3.htm

and here is a video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUMNwkoalKA
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#14
I'd just save up for a new guitar. Like a les paul or SG. I've never liked strats with humbuckers, to me, they sound perfect with single coils.
#15
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I'd just save up for a new guitar. Like a les paul or SG. I've never liked strats with humbuckers, to me, they sound perfect with single coils.

This, unless you do some crazy ****ed up **** to it to make it not a strat no more.

Or, learn to live with the hum
#16
I guess I'm just crazy then. I don't see what the big deal is. I've seen the new Les Paul with a Floyd and Ibanez guitars with single coils. Who cares. Plus, I saw a dude not to long ago pull a some amazing Slash riffs with a SSS Strat.

PS. I don't have any annoying hum in my guitar. I got a Duncan Custom Custom. It's not a PAF or JB but it does the job.

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#17
my strat (special edition koa) came stock with SD Alnico II Pro pups in all three positions, and they're quite versatile. i can get great blues and rock tones. for the bridge though, since you want a more dedicated ac/dc or gnr sound, go for the little 59er or something similar. i guess a good way to describe the alnico ii pros would be like a sort of vintage singlecoil, but a little hotter to handle some more modern rock.
#18
Throw a Humbucker in the Bridge (new pickguard needed) Maybe a Duncan JB. Get a some Fender Vintage Noisless for the Mid and Neck to get rid of that hum.
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#19
the fender vintage noiseless are nice, but they are a little too underpowered for most rock. however, they are still excellent for blues.
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#20
Quote by DeltaFunk
Throw a Humbucker in the Bridge (new pickguard needed) Maybe a Duncan JB. Get a some Fender Vintage Noisless for the Mid and Neck to get rid of that hum.

+1 put a bucker in the bridge..........Fast Eddie Clarke had a killer tone with a bucker in the bridge of his strat.
#22
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Trade it in for a Les Paul

Yeah........


Tell that to Dave Murray, Stevie Ray, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan (yes, he did play one ), and countless others.....

I could go on.

Hotrails, Vintage Rails, or Cool Rails (played a guitar with cool rails, I thought they were more of a bluesy pickup though) in the bridge.

Actually, put a Texas Special in the bridge, and a Vintage Rails in the neck
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#23
To be quite honest you're not going to get an ideal Angus or Slash tone with single coils, but you'll probably have bearable tones with a Little 59. I'd rather go with a new pickguard and throw a humbucker in the bridge.

Or you can cut the pickguard yourself.
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#24
Thank you.


If you have a strat, and like strats, and wanna keep your strat - there is no reason to pawn it off and get a Les Paul. Unless you are not happy with your guitar. The same can be said for the opposite situation. I would love to have a Les Paul someday. Just different feel.