#1
Hey guys, I own a standard Fender Strat with factory single coil pickups, I'm looking to replace the bridge pickup with a humbucker. I mostly play from pop punk (Sum 41, Green Day) and punk rock to slightly heavier stuff (Funeral for a Friend).

Any recommendations as to what to get? Thanks in advance
#2
Duncan Hot Rails. I can't recommend them highly enough. I've got them in two Strats and I love them.
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#3
Look under your strat's pickguard. Chances are it's routed for HSH and will therefore accept a standard-sized humbucker, so you wouldn't have to rely on an sc-sized one. I've tried several sc-sized 'buckers from Duncan and wasn't satisfied most of the time.
The Dimarzio Super Distortion is a pretty good all-round pickup for rock music, imo.
#4
What the duck said. If it's routed for HSH all you need to do is cut out the scratch plate to fit - or buy a HSS scratchplate. For punk the staple is some sort of PAF type pup. A Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates is a good one. Slightly hotter than a PAF but still retaining PAF-like qualities. It think that would be my choice for you.
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#6
Not enough output for what you want.

There are plenty of single coil sized humbuckers available, there's really no advantage to replacing the pickguard and maybe routing the pickup cavity to add a full sized one unless the one you want doesn't come in a small size. Since you don't know what you want, you might as well just get a single coil sized one to start.

For that style of music, the JB Jr. is what I'd suggest. It's bright and has a lot of output which is great for pop punk. I really like the JB in strat bridges. The Duncan hot rails might not be a bad choice either, but it's not as bright.
#8
Quote by chris_red
Okay, and are humbuckers in single coil sizes subject to feedback as much as normal single coil pickups?


Nope, Thats why their humbuckers.

They should be similar, tho not identical, to regular sized humbuckers.
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#9
They aren't called humbuckers because they don't feed back, they are called humbuckers because they reduce hum from outside sources.
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#10
Quote by Cathbard
What the duck said. If it's routed for HSH all you need to do is cut out the scratch plate to fit - or buy a HSS scratchplate. For punk the staple is some sort of PAF type pup. A Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates is a good one. Slightly hotter than a PAF but still retaining PAF-like qualities. It think that would be my choice for you.


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#11
I have 2 teles one is loaded with a Duncan JBjr in the bridge. It sounds like a bright LP.
It can do just about any Rock/Punk/Hardcore you want.
I also have a tele that is loaded with GFS Lil' Puncher Hot Lead set ( Duncan hot rails clone). This works well for Punk/Metal/Hardcore
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