#1
Wondering what the general consensus is before I go out and spend $80 on a billy corgan rail bridge pickup? What do you think of them? (PS I am talking about using them in a high gain situation hence why it is in the bridge) is there a noticeable difference between rail pickups and regular single coils?
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#2
Well; there is definitely a difference, in that most (but not all) rail pickups are hot humbuckers and single coil pickups are not. I have Duncan Hot Rails in all three positions in two Strats, and I think they work great.
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#3
I have it. Highly recommend it too, for a Strat. It is kinda like the Dimarzio Tone Zone but more Black Sabbathy. Does not give you a truly balanced neutral tone, more like a heavy whale killing metal sound.

What you may need though is a new amp.
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#4
Yeah, most (if not all) rail pickups are single coil sized humbuckers, so I'd say they're gonna be better than lotsa single coil p/ups for lotsa situations.

Any particular reason why you choose the bc rail instead of the duncan hot rails?
'cause I don't really know about the bc rails but I know for sure the hot rails are great p/ups...
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Loved my Hot Rails in my Tele when I had it. Really added a fullness to the sound. Not quite as full as real humbuckers though.
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I prefer the JB Jr over the Hot rails, way less compressed sounding IMO
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#7
+1 to hotrails

Got 3 hotrails in a strat and it sounds great.

It will make a huge difference. The bridge pickup is seriously hot!
#8
The bridge pickup position is best for high gain right? I don't want to buy it and find I'm using the wrong pickup for the music.
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#9
^ usually yeah, since the bridge p/up usually has a higher output and more highs.

It's all a matter of preference though, you may prefer the sound of a highly distorted neck p/up or you could use both or you could use the neck p/up for the rhythm parts and the bridge for the solos or vice versa.
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#10
yeah there is difference between regular single coils & rails. Not necessarily in terms of output, there are many low/single coil type output rail pickups out there, dimarzio makes some, Bill&Becky(Wylde) make em to. The response is usually even across all strings will rail type pickups.
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The bridge pickup position is best for high gain right? I don't want to buy it and find I'm using the wrong pickup for the music.


It depends. It's the one position most used for high gain, but that doesn't mean much.

I have a very high output rail pickup (single coil size), a DiMarzio Fast Track II (Output mV: 321, DC Resistance: 18 Kohm) in the NECK position of a Les Paul. The smaller magnet area helps reduce a lot of the mud that most LP users tolerate in that position and the very high output makes it a great pickup for high gain and lead work from that spot.

Obviously this setup goes against the usual pickup manufacturer "balance" suggestions in terms of volume (it's MUCH louder than the 9.2kohm pickup in that guitar's bridge position) and I've discovered that I really like it that way.

One other suggestion -- if you're going to use Hot Rails or similar pickups on a Strat, switch the pots to 500K from the 250Ks that came with the single coils, unless you're going for that mud effect.
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Are the Warman Rails any good?
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#13
Not too fussed. I haven't really liked any I've tried (which isn't many). However, that's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy because the fact that I haven't liked the few I've tried has meant I haven't gone out of my way to try/buy any different ones.

So yeah.
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