#1
Im looking to upgrade my MIM (HSS) Stratocaster, and i´ ve hear good things of the PG on strats, but i dont know if it would be a good choice for what i play because of the Medium Output Category it has

I alredy have in mind some Texas Specials for the mid and neck position, but im looking for a hotter Humbucker not insanley hot but something a little bit more than the stock one

I mostly play 80´s Hard Rock, to some Heavy metal (Think Scorpions and all the way up to some Ozzy Osbourne or maybe GNR)

Should i get the PG? or something else?


EDIT: It also needs to be in Trembucker spacing
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#2
Unless you are concerned with aesthetics then you don't really NEED a trembucker. The SD PG would be a fine choice.
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Unless you are concerned with aesthetics then you don't really NEED a trembucker. The SD PG would be a fine choice.


Thats true, i was just saving me the job of getting a new pickguard
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#7
should work, but if you really want something aimed at 80s hard rock and metal, something a bit tighter and higher output might be a better idea.

up to you, really.
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#8
SOAD guitarist Daron Malakian used to swear by the Pearly Gates. Not sure what he is using these day.

I have had one in the past and worked great for crunchy hard rock tones.
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I hated the Pearly Gates. While they had a really cool percussive almost acoustic sound on the clean channel they were flabby on the bottom and jangly on the top with very little in the middle. Couldn't cut through the mix worth a damn.

Even were I not so biased against them I'd still suggest something different for the tones you're after. You really want something tighter for any of that 80s rock stuff. PG are more the loose and ugly ZZ Top cover band kind of sound.
#10
I suggest something warmer in a strat, unless you're using 250K pots. My usual 80's pup suggestions for strats is the Dimarzio Super Distortion. If that's too hot, a tone zone is slightly less hot.
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1. If you plan using 250K pots, consider the following:
Dimarzio PAF Pro or Norton, Duncan Pearly Gates or JB

2. If you want your Texas Specials to balance well with the humbucker, I'd go with the lower output options like the PAF Pro or PG.

3. If you go with 500K pots I'd personally go with a Dimarzio Super Distortion or AT-1 or Duncan Custom Custom or even Custom/59 hybrid.
In this case though you better consider noiseless singlecoils that work better with 500K pots.
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^ it's also worth deciding whether you want the single coils to balance with the full humbucker, or to balance with the humbucker's split tone...
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Duncan SH-4 or Dimarzio SD would be my choice for 80's hard rock
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I want the coils to be balanced with the full humbucker and im going to use 250k pots

Would the JB work?
#15
Only if you look into some rather hot singlecoils.
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#16
If ya finalised on the Texas Specials single coils then you'd need a medium or vintage output bucker to balance with them output wise. Unless ofcourse if you are willing to lower the pickup height of the hotter HB pickups to compensate.

The Dimarzio 36th PAF is a great choice to blend with the those single coils, for something hotter the AT-1(this is dimarzio's take on the JB for Andy Timmons) set at lower height. A Super Distortion wired in parallel would work too.

From the Duncan side there is the 59/C Hybrid, Custom Custom or the usual JB(lower height should help balance it with the SC's)
#17
^ + ^^ yeah. to balance with singles you're gonna want pretty much as low output as you can get, and even then it won't really balance unless the singles are pretty hot.
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