#1
Hey guys, I was just looking into a Fender American Deluxe HSS strat, and I was wondering about the overall playing versatility of the guitar and of the humbucker. Is it able to play anything heavy with the humbucker? I've always wanted a strat but I was thinking that having the hum in the there would be great, because I would always use the neck and middle pickups for my clean tones and never use my bridge pickup for cleans. So generally, just how far can the humbucker go, and what is the general output of it like? Thanks in advance.
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#2
Even a single coil bridge pup can handle heavier stuff. The pickup will be fine, but if you predominantly play metal, hard rock, etc, it wouldnt hurt to get a higher-output pickup in there.
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#3
Quote by MortifiedLizard
Even a single coil bridge pup can handle heavier stuff. The pickup will be fine, but if you predominantly play metal, hard rock, etc, it wouldnt hurt to get a higher-output pickup in there.


Would you recommend a Duncan or an EMG?
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#4
Give the stock humbucker a chance. I think you'll be happy with it as-is. Nothing much more versatile than an HSS Strat.
#5
Quote by deluthe
Give the stock humbucker a chance. I think you'll be happy with it as-is. Nothing much more versatile than an HSS Strat.


Other than a HSH strat with coil splits......they don't make those sadly.

An HSS strat will be more than enough, even with the stock pickups.
#6
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Would you recommend a Duncan or an EMG?


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#7
yep, this guitar will be extremely versatile. my main strat is set up like this (but it has a hot rails in the bridge since it's an SSS). i play a lot of blues and blues rock...but my band is more of a hard rock band. i can use this guitar to play it all.
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#8
Youtube any live Iron Maiden and you can see what the lads do with their strats!

Heavy is no problem on a HSS Strat, and for god's sake, DO NOT put an EMG in there!
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#9
why the **** not?


if he wants he could put all EMGs in there.

Would still be verstile and sound amazing.

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#10
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#11
HSS Strats are way over rated. At the end of the day it sounds like a Strat with a humbucker.No matter how much people wish it was something else.
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#12
i m plannin to get one too.! the thing is there are two HSS strats, one mexican and one american (i think) and i guess both r cald fat strat cuz of their fat frets or wat ever. mexican one is around $700, you guys are talkin abt tat. Is that mexican strat $700 one good?

and the $700 guitar says STANDARD STRATOCASTER HSS. but my frnds say its the mexican strat. the american standard HSS is 1.4k dollars! icant afford tat much! pls help!
#13
Quote by Bhaok
HSS Strats are way over rated. At the end of the day it sounds like a Strat with a humbucker.No matter how much people wish it was something else.


Well, I don't see the big problem here since it is a strat with a humbucker and happens to produce a wide range of nice tones with proper distortion/overdrive and an EQ.
I love my HSS strat.
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#14
I was looking at the Highway One HSS Strat. It's American made and about $300.00 cheaper than the American Standard HSS and $100.00 cheaper than the American Special. It also has great reviews.
#15
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why the **** not?


if he wants he could put all EMGs in there.

Would still be verstile and sound amazing.

That would sound terrible.
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That would sound terrible.


um, no.
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#18
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um, no.

To me, it would.
Sorry I'm not all about EMGs like everyone else around here; I think they're super overrated.
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To me, it would.
Sorry I'm not all about EMGs like everyone else around here; I think they're super overrated.

I wouldn't say Jim Roots tone sucks, would you? A mahogany body, but an alder will still sound pretty bad ass.
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#20
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To me, it would.
Sorry I'm not all about EMGs like everyone else around here; I think they're super overrated.


Agreed. It would sound awful.

I have a Strat with just a humbucker at the bridge. It sounds beautiful. So much nicer than single coils.
#21
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HSS Strats are way over rated. At the end of the day it sounds like a Strat with a humbucker.No matter how much people wish it was something else.

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#22
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I wouldn't say Jim Roots tone sucks, would you? A mahogany body, but an alder will still sound pretty bad ass.

I knew someone was going to bring up that guitar (which I think looks amazing).

Jim's tone is good for what he does, but in the entire scope of guitar tone, I don't find his tone particularly great.

In fact, if I were to buy a Jim Root Strat, you can bet the first thing I'd do is swap out those EMGs.
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#23
My friend has a 62 re issue made in japan strat, fitted with a Seymour duncan JB in the bridge.. i cant even begin to describe how versatile that thing is.
#24
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I wouldn't say Jim Roots tone sucks, would you?.

I would. I would. I really really insist that I would say Jim Root's tone sucks, my good man. Anyways, HSS Strats tend to be known as some of, if not THE most versatile guitars out there, so I'd say yeah, they're pretty versatile. XD And as for single coils playing metal, it's possible and I've done it, as have my friends, with decent tone(little trebly, but I like it, TBH), and even then, you could get an HSS then replace the bucker with a coil-tapped one if you wanted. Wouldn't be quite the same as an SSS, but it'd still be close.
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