#1
just wondering.
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#2
HSS= Humbucker in the bridge position, Single coil middle and neck.

SSS= Triple single coils.

If you don't know what I am talking about it is the kind of pickup layout.
#3
HSS can give you a larger variety of sounds. It can play music that is heavier than an SSS. HSS still offers the strat twang in the mid and neck pickups. SSS strat just offers strat twang.
#4
ape-i knew that, i meant sound wise.
offbest-thanks, so for mainly clean sounds would SSS be better, or both the same for clean sounds?
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#5
>_> really?

>_>

One is capable of only single coil tones while the other can do humbucker and single coil tones.
#6
to be honest, an hss never really sounded that much different to me than an sss. granted the obvious fact that it's a humbucker in there, the sound always felt much thinner than a normal humbucker-based guitar...a strat will sound like a strat nonethless imo.
#7
so if im going for mainly clean sounds(John Mayer, RHCP, Jason Mraz, Beatles, etc.), which would b better for me and why?
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Quote by tarman727
so if im going for mainly clean sounds(John Mayer, RHCP, Jason Mraz, Beatles, etc.), which would b better for me and why?
I'd say go for the SSS. To give you an idea, JM always uses SSS strats.

But really what you need to do is head on down to a guitar store and try them both out.
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#10
Quote by tarman727
so if im going for mainly clean sounds(John Mayer, RHCP, Jason Mraz, Beatles, etc.), which would b better for me and why?


It really doesn't matter. Just find a Strat you like and get it, whether or not it's HSS or SSS. Most of the time I never use my bridge single coil, but I think it looks better without the humbucker there. Most the tones you listed you're going to achieve with a neck single coil anyway, so just find a guitar with SCs that you like the sound and feel of and go with that.
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#11
Quote by siverstorm
>_> really?

>_>

One is capable of only single coil tones while the other can do humbucker and single coil tones.

not true the SSS configuration can do humbucker tones. the way fender wires their pickups allows for the 2nd and 4th switch settings to use two SC together, effectively having a humbucker.

does it sound as good as a humbucker? no
#13
What sounds 'best' or 'right' is entirely subjective to your personal tastes. Lots of people prefer humbuckers for clean tones than single coils, and lots of people prefer single coils for distorted tones instead of humbuckers. There is no right or wrong way.
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#14
Quote by Mangohabs
the sound always felt much thinner than a normal humbucker-based guitar...


Yea I think it's just the stock humbucker in typical HSS strats. Replacing them with something heavier would work for playing heavier music.

EDIT: Wow I just read what I wrote.
Last edited by siverstorm at Aug 15, 2010,
#15
Strats are usually SSS for a reason. Fat strats (HSS) and super strats (HSH) have their place, but for cleans like the artists/bands you have mentioned, the standard SSS strat is the way to go.
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personally, i like HSH strats like the dave murray signature strat
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I don't get why that's still being sold. Recently all I've seen him with are HSS floyd strats and the SS are stacked singles, not even normal singles.
#17
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I don't get why that's still being sold. Recently all I've seen him with are HSS floyd strats and the SS are stacked singles, not even normal singles.

To make money?
#18
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I don't get why that's still being sold. Recently all I've seen him with are HSS floyd strats and the SS are stacked singles, not even normal singles.


i saw him on the 12th of July in NYC with an HSH strat...
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To make money?


Oh you're so quirky.

Quote by siverstorm
I don't get why that's still being sold. Recently all I've seen him with are HSS floyd strats and the SS are stacked singles, not even normal singles.


I wonder what I meant with that?
#20
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I wonder what I meant with that?


what did you mean? i had just gotten over the desire to own a strat with full sized humbuckers in the neck and bridge and a single coil in the middle till i saw it and hr played a les paul, which kinda surprised me
#21
Quote by IronMaiden76
i saw him on the 12th of July in NYC with an HSH strat...


And I saw him on July 3rd in Toronto with an HSS strat, an SSS strat and an LP. (They didn't always play strats. Adrian even played an Explorer and he also has the SG with the peace sign sticker on it.)

Both the strats had stacked singles. But now we're getting off topic.
#22
Quote by Alucard817
not true the SSS configuration can do humbucker tones. the way fender wires their pickups allows for the 2nd and 4th switch settings to use two SC together, effectively having a humbucker.

does it sound as good as a humbucker? no

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#23
You can't go wrong with the classic sss strat and I've never had much trouble getting a "heavy" sound out of that configuration.any thiness can be worked out with effects or amp settings.but most of the artists you listed all use or have used strats to acheve their tones but as stated above its all about what feels right to you bro,try them both out and use your ears to decide
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Quote by Alucard817
not true the SSS configuration can do humbucker tones. the way fender wires their pickups allows for the 2nd and 4th switch settings to use two SC together, effectively having a humbucker.

does it sound as good as a humbucker? no






Positions 2 & 4 are usually hum cancelling because the middle pick up in RW/RP (reverse wound, reverse polarity). That does NOT equal humbucker tone!!!!!
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#25
If you're asking for the tone then I would say that SSS would work best for your type of music. But you may want to consider getting HSS, and doing a coil tap on the bridge pup. IMO it doesn't sound perfectly like a SC, but it's alot more versatile.
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#26
difference between HSS and SSS strats
There's your difference right there