#1
Hi Guys, just a general enquiry that I hope someone can help me with.

I Bought a Mexican Fender Strat a few months back, love the tone it has for blues with it's standard pickups, but, when driven it sounds rather lame, through my AC30 and most peoples marshalls.

I know this is what comes with Single coil pickups, but for that extra kick, would it be worth installing an EMG set of single coils?

I'm in the UK, would anyone be able to give me a price as to how much these would cost to buy & install too? (GBP)

any help is greatly appreciated, as usual, sorry for the awful grammar and whatnot, I'm in a rush.

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#2
You don't need EMGs to get a good crunch out of them. Pop in some Fender CS69s(would sound AMAZING through your AC30) or get a single sized bucker for the bridge.
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#4
Duncans. Seymour Duncan SL-1's are amazing pickups, they're the base models and they have great clarity and crunch up pretty well. The issue with the MIM pickups is that they're ceramic magnets, so, they don't sound that great with a good amount of crunch, imo.
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#5
Thanks ALOT for your feedback, it's a bit of a trek to get to my local guitar shop, so you've helped me out. cheers

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#6
What do you mean "lame"? Is it muddy sounding? Is that what you mean?

Mess with your EQ, and if that doesn't help, EMG's are nice pups.

What kind of sound are you going for?
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#7
Quote by TheFly_1990
Thanks ALOT for your feedback, it's a bit of a trek to get to my local guitar shop, so you've helped me out. cheers

what kind of sound you goin' for?
sorry, it was actually the SSL-1, I was thinking of. This is a good pickup for vintage tone:
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/stratocaster/vintage/vintage_stagger/
The Alnico II model is a little more subtle and toned down, but still sings.
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/stratocaster/vintage/alnico_ii_pro_s/
The Twang banger is one of my favorites, makes your strat sound like a tele
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/stratocaster/vintage/twang_banger_ap/
The 5-2 is a pickup with Alnico II and V magnets for perfect balance
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/stratocaster/progressive/fivetwo_for_str/
The Customs are great for blues and rock, they're like Texas Special pickups
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/stratocaster/progressive/custom_staggere/
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#8
I was looking around on GAK.com, and those SD Texas Pickups caught my eye actually, so when i get the chance ill catch a train get em and fit 'em, Thanks Thomme, you gave me a great range to look at there

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