#1
I've got a 2013 Fender American Standard stratocaster and the bridge position is basically useless. It sounds absolutely atrocious, imo, and I can't find a tone I enjoy out of it. I've decided to put a full humbucker in that position, because I love the look, but which? I've been thinking of a burstbucker 3 or pro, but I'm just using youtube sound clips to go on.

I play everything, but primarily blues and hard rock. Tonally, I would be using the humbucker for more distorted lead playing. I think SRV is the pinnacle of stratocaster tone, but I would be using my neck pickup for his kind of stuff.

So what would you recommend in this situation? If it matters, I would almost definitely prefer a chrome-covered classic PAF style look on the bucker.
#2
how heavy stuff will you be playing?

what's your amp?
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#3
Without knowing your answers to Dave's cogent questions, I'd look at the offerings from Lace, RailHammer and Tesla as starting ponts.
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#4
I've used a Screaming Demon and JB in strats with Great Success! (borat accent)

I'm sure the burstbucker would sound great as well. It is a fine pickup. With my experience with the JB... it was 80s hard rock tone all day. With a push pull for a coil split it meshed well with the other singles in the between positions. Probably wouldn't be a good choice for blues though.
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Quote by Dave_Mc
how heavy stuff will you be playing?

what's your amp?


Nothing heavier than Guns 'N Roses and some Killswitch Engage now and again for fun.

I have a peavey delta blues 115 but I'll be upgrading in a couple of months. I really like the fender 68 reverb.
#6
Oh, and lest I forget---this may be a really dumb question, but I'm left handed--will i need to buy left-handed pickups, too, if there is a such thing?
#7
The Seymour Duncan SH-4 is a good choice

Pickups are the same for left or right handed players
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#8
Ok...

From Lace, I'd consider the Hemi, the Alumitone, or of you want something a tad heavier in tone, the Alumitone Deathbucker.

From Tesla, I'd look at the VR-Extreme or the OPUS-1.

From RailHammer, I'd look at the HyperVintage, or- if you want more of a P90 tone- the Tel90 or Gnarly90. Both are HB-sized P90 style pickups.

From Seymour Duncan, I'd suggest the '59 or the SH-4JB

You might even consider something from more "boutique" companies like Rio Grande, Bareknuckle (I like their Rebel Yells and their Stockholm HB-sized P90), The Creamery (Dirty Shirt), or Vintage Vibe.
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Pickups are the same for left or right handed players


Apart from maybe staggered vintage-style strat single coils, I suppose? I dunno, actually.

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Nothing heavier than Guns 'N Roses and some Killswitch Engage now and again for fun.

I have a peavey delta blues 115 but I'll be upgrading in a couple of months. I really like the fender 68 reverb.


Ok... how often do you play G n R? And KSE? I'm guessing pretty rarely for KSE from what you've said.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Apart from maybe staggered vintage-style strat single coils, I suppose? I dunno, actually.


Ok... how often do you play G n R? And KSE? I'm guessing pretty rarely for KSE from what you've said.



Pretty rarely. I play mostly original stuff but I do want the humbucker to be capable of high gain tones. Not new metal or anything like that, but something comparable to Slash's tone.
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The Seymour Duncan SH-4 is a good choice

Pickups are the same for left or right handed players

This. The Sh-4 is a good allrounder.
#12
Quote by RyanMW2010
Pretty rarely. I play mostly original stuff but I do want the humbucker to be capable of high gain tones. Not new metal or anything like that, but something comparable to Slash's tone.

I used the Duncan JB Jr (which is a single coil sized HB) and it was great for anything up to classic metal on its own.
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#13
Quote by RyanMW2010
Pretty rarely. I play mostly original stuff but I do want the humbucker to be capable of high gain tones. Not new metal or anything like that, but something comparable to Slash's tone.



No worries

Slash uses paf-output pickups. So even paf types should work, I'd have thought. Though you might find it easier with medium or medium hot pickups like duncan customs (3 different types with different magnets) or the duncan JB.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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I used the Duncan JB Jr (which is a single coil sized HB) and it was great for anything up to classic metal on its own.


I'm seriously considering that pickup... or a screaming demon to replace my Lace Hot Gold Hot Bridge. The Lace is a hot pickup. Something just doesn't sit right about it with my ears playing 80s rock. I might have to eventually flip a coin and order one. Hear good things about both.
Last edited by cheesefries at May 30, 2014,
#15
I like the SH-4 too. Another option if you decide you really don't want to carve up the pick guard is a SD Hot Rails. It's a blade style ceramic humbucker in a single coil size so it drops right in with no modification. It sounds nothing at all like a single coil that's in there now but like the name says it is pretty hot.
Last edited by BobDetroit at May 30, 2014,
#16
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I like the SH-4 too. Another option if you decide you really don't want to carve up the pick guard is a SD Hot Rails. It's a blade style ceramic humbucker in a single coil size so it drops right in with no modification. It sounds nothing at all like a single coil that's in there now but like the name says it is pretty hot.


i think I'll just get a new pickguard. I want a mint green one anyway.
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i think I'll just get a new pickguard. I want a mint green one anyway.


Guitar Fetish has some good deals on pickguards. I've got a few and they were as high quality as the higher cost ones I've bought in the past. In fact... I couldn't tell any difference between them.

Just be aware they are not the smartest crayon in the box. My last 2 pick guard orders they got the colors completely wrong... but they resent for free.
Last edited by cheesefries at May 31, 2014,
#18
i will just throw this out there, but Crunch Lab?

i also really like the lace pickups in my 1997 American Delxue Plus II Tele. they are amazing really. its a nashville so its got a strat pickup in the middle and i like it a lot.
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Duncan JB is all you'll need.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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