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Hi.
Im new to all this so i dont know much guitar lingo. I have a really cheap basic starter guitar but which looks like a strat but isn't (its an encore starter pack guitar) and really want to customise it to make it sound "better" i play music from artists such as biffy clryro, foo fighters. That kinda stuff so i am sumtimes tuning to drop d and drop c. I am browsing the web to find a new set of single coil pickups but theres so many to choose from. I need something affordable but with alot of sustain and high gain. As i said earlier i am a beginer but would like to customise what i already have rather than buy a new guitar. I have purchased gauge 11 strings but dont want put them on before i get new pickups. Im just looking for abit of advice on what to choose thanks.
#3
Do you find yourself using the bridge pickup most often? If so, I'd put a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails in there. But what amp you using? The amp is a much bigger impact on the tone than the pickups are, and it's definitely worth saving up for an amp than buying pickups now.
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I have a peavey vyper 15W modeling amplifier? What amp would you recomend as i only play at home? Thanks for the replies
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agreed.

that being said, your amp is actually pretty nice and the guitar might be the weak link there. so that'd be worth bearing in mind.
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I agree. i think it is the guitar thats the weak link but i really like playing it and it feels great but is there any hardware i could change on the guitar to make it sound better?
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I agree. i think it is the guitar thats the weak link but i really like playing it and it feels great but is there any hardware i could change on the guitar to make it sound better?

For the price of decent pickups, you could almost pay for a better guitar.
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I agree. i think it is the guitar thats the weak link but i really like playing it and it feels great but is there any hardware i could change on the guitar to make it sound better?


i suppose you could put a better trem on it with a steel block. wilkinson does a fairly cheap one at around £25 or so, i think. whether it's a direct swap for your guitar, though, i dunno. http://www.jhs.co.uk/wilkinson.html variety of ones there if you scroll down, the ones with "SB" (stands for steel block) in the product codename. EDIT: the prices seem to have gone up Though that might be list price, maybe you can get them cheaper in shops.

I guess some of the cheaper pickups companies like entwistle, axesrus own brand and irongear might be worth a try. as bladeslinger says you want to be careful that you don't put more into the guitar than it's worth, but if you like how it plays and it has sentimental value (i.e. you'll never sell) you might as well upgrade it at least a bit.
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Guitar Fetish has trem blocks. Can't speak for their quality. They also sell pickguards with pickups installed. Should be a decent upgrade for that guitar and they're like $50 I think.
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Guitar Fetish has trem blocks. Can't speak for their quality. They also sell pickguards with pickups installed. Should be a decent upgrade for that guitar and they're like $50 I think.


i was considering one a while. i started a thread and only got two or three responses, and one person said that it wasn't worth it and he put his MIM strat origional back on, the other two were asking questions.

you want a heavy block. i would look elsewhere.

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If you want to stay with a single coil sound but something really hot like a P90, go for a Seymour Duncan Quarted Pounders. Great sounding pups, I use them in my slide guitar.
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What ur more than likely seeking for a "high gain" pickup in that guitar is a high output "single coil sized humbucker", which is actually a dual coil pickup made to fit in the single coil sized slot on ur guitar. This will give u the beefier sound ur seeking, plus eliminate the annoying buzz & hum ur current pickup probably produces when ur amp is set to heavily distorted tones. Seymour Duncan Hot Rails (suggested above) is exactly this type of pickup. There are lots of others out there tho & maybe even less $$$. Just make sure u know how to solder well or get them professionally installed. "single coil sized humbuckers" are the product u would search for tho...
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And yes, that Vypyr is a great lil amp for around the house. U can get virtually ANY type of tone out of it if u learn how to dial it in, adjust fx parameters, save ur own presets, etc...
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