#1
I have been playing casually for about a year now. I am considering changing the bridge pickup on my strat, but I have a few concerns about the idea. Here is a list of my equipment:

-Guitar: Fender 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Stratocaster (http://www.texasmusicsupply.com/fender-60th-anniversary-stratocast.html)

-Amplifier: Marshall MG50DFX (http://www.zzounds.com/item--MSHMG50DFX)

-Distortion: Ibanez SM7 Smash Box (http://www.zzounds.com/item--IBATLSM7)
DOD FX86B Death Metal Distortion (http://www.zzounds.com/item--DODVFX86)

-Effects: DigiTech RP250 Guitar Multi-Effects (http://www.zzounds.com/item--DGTRP250)

My idea was to replace the stock bridge pickup with one of these:

DiMarzio Super Distortion S DP218 (http://www.stevesmusiccenter.com/DimarzioDP218.html)

or

Hot Rails SHR-1 (http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/stratocaster/cutting-edge/hot_rails_for_s/)

I don't want to buy a regular sized humbucker considering that I would have to drill through the pickguard of a limited edition guitar and drop its value considerably. I don't gig as of right now, either, and I don't think I am ready to buy a new guitar fitting what I play (thrash and heavy metal) just yet, so I want to make the best of what I already have by doing this.

Which pickup should I buy? For casual playing, is it even worth it? Would I lose most of the clean sound and would the sound be too distorted in combination with either pedal? Thanks.
#2
you could always buy a new pickguard if you wanted a regular sized humbucker.

i wouldn't bother changing pickups if you're running through an MG and like 9 dist. pedals

but if you're dead set on doing it, then i'd go for the hot rails.
i used to be a mod, then i took an arrow in the knee.
#3
Quote by mikeyElite
you could always buy a new pickguard if you wanted a regular sized humbucker.

i wouldn't bother changing pickups if you're running through an MG and like 9 dist. pedals

but if you're dead set on doing it, then i'd go for the hot rails.


i won't bother buying an completely new pickguard and then getting a regular sized humbucker for the guitar because i will eventually buy a new guitar that suits me best. i think its better off that i do something a bit less complicated.

thanks you for the advice.
#4
Getting Hot Rails and splitting them is always a good idea, great tones can be had with them.
Quote by demoniacfashion
Is there any black people on UG?
I don't think a lot of black people play guitar anymore.

Quote by Oasis-fanatic
they all kinda went extinct after hendrix really.


Needless to say, I lol'ed.

Quote by human panda
Appart from being on UG or wanking, thats what i mostly do
#5
Quote by veXxis
i won't bother buying an completely new pickguard and then getting a regular sized humbucker for the guitar because i will eventually buy a new guitar that suits me best. i think its better off that i do something a bit less complicated.

thanks you for the advice.

Is yours the MIM version with the Tex-Mex pickups? If so, I have the same guitar.

I was looking to replace the same exact pickup in mine for something a little meatier, but not quite a hotrail. I'm sure it'd suit you just fine, though.
#6
Quote by dz_alias
Is yours the MIM version with the Tex-Mex pickups? If so, I have the same guitar.

I was looking to replace the same exact pickup in mine for something a little meatier, but not quite a hotrail. I'm sure it'd suit you just fine, though.


yup, that's the one.

i'm leaning towards the hotrails right now.
Last edited by veXxis at Feb 28, 2009,