red.guitar
Imagine All The People
Join date: Mar 2007
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#1
Gooday!

I'm looking for a little help picking out some new, hotter pickups for my 85' mij superstrat. Its the model that come with the schallar floating bridge, and microtilt.

I love the way the guitar plays. As soon as you pick it up, I get this cool vibe from it, and whatever pickups are in it, makes this thing sound just like its outta the 60's. This is cool for my personal use, but its a little too thin to use with my band. We play rock/punk/pop, and I find this beast just sounds a little too thin, and gets lost in the mix.

I was thinking of swapping the pu's to something a little hotter. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm usually a lp guy, so I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to pickins out single coils.

I'm also wondering if anybody knows if the 85' mij body is routed to take a humbucker? If so, what would you guys suggest for a ssh setup, with a possible coil tap on the hum?

My plan is to just get a whole new pickguard wired so I can easily swap it back if I want to at any point.

Ill be playing it throgh a jet city jca50h into a 212 mesa cab. Our sound is sort of like a cross between foo fighters, our lady peace and buck cherry guitar wise. As the only guitarist, I try to keep my tone heavy and tight.


Cheers,

Sp
Guitars:
PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute
85' MIJ Strat
97' Snakepit Les Paul
LP Traditional 1960 Zebra
02' Dean TC Z

Amps:
EVH 5150iii
Peavey Ultra 112
Jet City JCA50H
Peavey VTM 60
Peavey XXX
falcon1439
GAS again Jenkins?
Join date: Oct 2011
1,800 IQ
#2
What's your budget? Could you stretch to bareknuckle pickups or not?
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Charvel1995
Ronda Rousey Fanboy
Join date: Sep 2010
1,873 IQ
#3
Budget, location, preferences?

Also, just take the pickguard off your guitar and look at the body route to see if it can fit a humbucker.

How hot do you want?
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red.guitar
Imagine All The People
Join date: Mar 2007
3,037 IQ
#4
I'm hopinh ti get the whole job done for 250-300 cad. What's the prices like on the bareknuckles?

I don't have my internethooked up yet, so I'm stuck on my blackberry for a few days

Edit: I'm not hoping to get crazy metal tones outta this thing or anything, and I realise single coils won't sound as heavy as humbuckers. For comparasion, I got sd alico 2's in my lp. I'm able to achive a smooth heavy tone and pinch harmonics no problem with this setup. I'd like to have a similar setup on my strat.
Guitars:
PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute
85' MIJ Strat
97' Snakepit Les Paul
LP Traditional 1960 Zebra
02' Dean TC Z

Amps:
EVH 5150iii
Peavey Ultra 112
Jet City JCA50H
Peavey VTM 60
Peavey XXX
Last edited by red.guitar at Dec 30, 2012,
Charvel1995
Ronda Rousey Fanboy
Join date: Sep 2010
1,873 IQ
#5
Well, I notice you're in Sask, and I don't see any BKP dealers in Saskatchewan. Only in Manitoba, Quebec, and Ontario.

Seymour Duncan does single soil hum cancelling pickups. Look at the Hot Rails. But they may be too hot for what you want, I'm a fan of DiMarzio injectors myself. I'd shy away from EMG pickups, but that's just me.
Main Rig:

Epiphone MKH Les Paul Custom 7 - Ronda
Ibanez RG8 "Scarlet" - AKA The Rambanez
Fender Strat "Danielle"/"Dani"
Line 6 POD HD Pro
Randall XL 4x12

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Robbgnarly
Tab Contributor
Join date: Feb 2011
1,177 IQ
#6
Bare Knuckle are diecent pickups, but they are way over priced for what you get. I have seen the hype dye down quite a bit in the last yr. Duncan and Dimarzio are every bit as good and 1/2 the price, And they have more selection also.

You would be good with something like the JBjr in the bridge. It is not as hot as the hot rails but it is pretty hot
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red.guitar
Imagine All The People
Join date: Mar 2007
3,037 IQ
#7
Thanks for the suggestions! When I get some web access, ill have to take a better look at the sd's and dimarizos.

I love my sd's and I've heard a lot of good about their other products as well so maybe that's the best route for me to go.

Ill have to see what the local long and mcquade has here. I can always order online as well.
Guitars:
PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute
85' MIJ Strat
97' Snakepit Les Paul
LP Traditional 1960 Zebra
02' Dean TC Z

Amps:
EVH 5150iii
Peavey Ultra 112
Jet City JCA50H
Peavey VTM 60
Peavey XXX
Maximus_2005
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2012
13 IQ
#8
Is it a fat strat?

Im running an injector in the neck and full size jb i the bridge in my mim strat which i think sounds pretty good.

Otherwise you could look into some rail pickups
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dkunick
Waco
Join date: Aug 2010
138 IQ
#9
Passive SD Hotrails, Dimarzio Protrack (very full almost P90 sounding), D'Allen SCs are very good/have his 54/69 Hot Vintage set in my Strat...active EMG or SD Blackout SCs.
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red.guitar
Imagine All The People
Join date: Mar 2007
3,037 IQ
#10
Okay, so I think I'm starting to narrow my options down a little...

1. SD hot rails
2. Dimarzio injectors
3. Dimarzio protrack

I'm a huge fan of sd, and know that they make a great product, but I've also always wanted to give dimarzios a try. I'm not quite sure what to do here. Ill see what long and mcquade has.
Guitars:
PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute
85' MIJ Strat
97' Snakepit Les Paul
LP Traditional 1960 Zebra
02' Dean TC Z

Amps:
EVH 5150iii
Peavey Ultra 112
Jet City JCA50H
Peavey VTM 60
Peavey XXX
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Join date: Oct 2006
1,064 IQ
#11
The Duncan Everything Axe set is a pretty decent solution to beefing up a strat, don't get me wrong it won't sound as much like a strat any more but it'll definitely have more oomph...JB jr in the bridge, Duckbucker in the middle and a lil 59 in the neck.
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Charvel1995
Ronda Rousey Fanboy
Join date: Sep 2010
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#12
Hot Rails can handle basically anything that you throw at them, genre wise. But are geared towards metal and the like.
Main Rig:

Epiphone MKH Les Paul Custom 7 - Ronda
Ibanez RG8 "Scarlet" - AKA The Rambanez
Fender Strat "Danielle"/"Dani"
Line 6 POD HD Pro
Randall XL 4x12

Come join us...

Purchase list: Jim Root Tele, Jim Root Jazzmaster, MTM20
terribleguitar
Really terrible guitarist
Join date: Dec 2010
2,250 IQ
#13
If tou want hotter pickups for your START, look no further:


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