#1
I like to play stuff all over the board, with the exception of metal.

Indie, Alternative, Grunge, Punk, Hard rock: Bloc Party, Coldplay, Angels & Airwaves, Nirvana, Rise Against, Lostprophets, Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, those should mark my boundaries well...

Now, are there any guitars out there who can cover this area well? I wouldn't mind making maybe a pickup change here or there if it's the key to achieving my aim.
#2
Budget? Amp? Gigging? Scale? Floyd?

There is a lot more info you need.
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#3
just try out guitars with single coils and humbuckers and decide which one you like better, then you can ask again with that in mind. That's the main division without knowing your preference it's impossible to give good advice
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#4
Budget is $550, won't mind buying used.

Amp is Peavey Classic 30.

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#5
a humbucker equipped guitar would be alright. your amp is okay i guess and use an od pedal to go for harder stuff. try out some guitars.
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#6
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I like to play stuff all over the board, with the exception of metal.

Indie, Alternative, Grunge, Punk, Hard rock: Bloc Party, Coldplay, Angels & Airwaves, Nirvana, Rise Against, Lostprophets, Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, those should mark my boundaries well...

Now, are there any guitars out there who can cover this area well? I wouldn't mind making maybe a pickup change here or there if it's the key to achieving my aim.


Sounds an awful lot like a Strat to me.
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#8
Hm...if a Fat Strat, then I'd probably wanna do a pickup change with an MIM Fender or a G&L Legacy.......which leads us to what pickups can cover this range. Perhaps this: a bridge pickup that can deal out a good amount of crunch (for the RATM-like stuff), a middle pickup that acts as a mediator, and a neck pickup that can dish out chimey, glassy tones (Coldplay-like stuff)?


Unless there are other guitar suggestions?
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#10
you probably wouldn't need to swap out G&L pickups. IMO, G&L is a much better guitar than fender.

But for the majority of the bands, a strat does seem most suitable. However, a humbucker with coilsplit would give you a thicker tone for alternative rhythms. Seems like most alt bands have a thick rhythm tone. PRS and Les Pauls being very popular in that genre.

A PRS SE, Micheal Kelly Valor Vex or patriot in the deluxe or limited tends to be really solid guitars, a used Shecter C-1 Classic would do a great job as well...outside of the strat recommendations of course.
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#11
maybe something with coil tap pickups
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#12
i like HSS strats, but just to toss this out there.

one of my most versatile guitars is my schecter pt fastback telecaster.

because it's got a full humbucker in the neck. which splits for an additional tone.

and the bridge has a mini humbucker. which when split sound pretty single coil-ish.

they are sd design stock pups and still sound pretty good thru my rig.


just adding a second type, in case you want to go tele instead of strat.

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#13
HSS Strat for sure, get one before the end of the month, before they raise all of the Prices on Fenders.
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#14
Fender HSS MIM Strat or some kind of SG/Les Paul depending what kind of pups you prefer.
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Fender HSS MIM Strat or some kind of SG/Les Paul depending what kind of pups you prefer.


Like I said, be it an HSS or Les Paul or whatever, I want something that can do hard rock crunch and alternative bell/chime tones, perhaps with the bridge and neck pickup respectively.

And like I said, if I have to do a full pickup change to achieve this goal, I'll do so.

I did have someone, for example, suggest red-silver-blue Lace Sensors...
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HSS strat/G&L sounds like a great fit. They make a MIM fat strat with a FR if you want it.

I hear lace sensors are a bit outdated, but i know someone that has them in his strat and he loves them.


Yeah, I'm looking over the idea cuz supposedly, that set can cover my bell-to-crunch range.

Hm...are there any other sets of pickups for a strat that can give me that range?