#1
Calling all Strokes fans. How does Albert Hammond jr. play distortion pedals through his strat (hot rodded with single coil pickups) and not get any feedback?
#2
Not sure who he is, but it could be one of two things. Either he's not really playing, or the mixer/PA system has been set up so as to reduce feedback.
#4
Got a link to the performance in question? So far it's too vague to even guess. Feedback is always controllable when you get your gain levels right.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#5
Quote by andersondb7
Calling all Strokes fans. How does Albert Hammond jr. play distortion pedals through his strat (hot rodded with single coil pickups) and not get any feedback?

Feedback is super controllable on a strat. I don't think I understand the problem.
Actually, I go by Dave, but there are already too many Daves on this forum.


Fender MIM Stratocaster
Fender Jaguar Bass
Epiphone EJ200 Super Jumbo
Fender Excelsior 13w
Acoustic B300HD (with matching 1x12 cab)
BOSS BD-2W
NYC Big Muff Pi
#6
Feedback isn't the issue with single-coils, but rather the hum. That is dependent on electrical appliances around it, where for examples those stage spotlights everyone uses is a major competitor. (Okay, it is easier to feedback with single coils due to more treble content in the tone, but that can easily be solved be taming a bit of treble with the EQ on the amp.)

The most common solution are hum canceling pickups though. Not humbuckers, but single coils with two coils stacked on top of each other, effectively eliminating feedback like a humbucker. Looks exactly like single coils, sounds almost exactly like single coils - within reason.

Every major pickup manufacturer offer hum canceling pickups.
"Your signature can not be longer than 250 characters."

How you know you have too many guitars...

Apparently once also known as PonyFan #834553.
#7
i use a fair amount of distortion with my strats and don't have many issues with feedback. the biggest trick is to not overdo the amount of gain used and balance it with your volume. way to often beginners turn the gain knob way up and then crank the shit out of the amp resulting in a feedback overdistorted mush fest that sounds like crap.

having a decent amount of headroom in your amp helps a lot as well. you can turn the amp up loud enough to be heard but not push it so hard that it results in feedback and other unwanted noise.
#8
One doesn't need to use stacked humbuckers nor any other humbucker or hum-cancelling pickup in order to avoid noise with distortion on a Strat. It's easy to avoid the problem even with a totally traditional S-S-S Strat with 3 single coils.

Most Strats that are S-S-S have the middle pickup "RW/RP:" reverse wound, reverse polarity. That means that in the 2 positions where 2 pickups are played in combination (the 2 and 4 notches, where the guitar is either using the neck+middle, or middle+bridge), the guitar's single coil pickups are in fact being played like a big humbucker, just with some extra space between the two coils that make up the humbucker.

So long as the middle pickup is in fact RW/RP, the two and four positions of a 5-way S-S-S Strat should be dead quiet.

#9
Oh, forgot about that. You're of course right.

Well then, the only reason not to use a standard Stratocaster with distortion would be down to taste in tone in that case, to answer OP's question.
"Your signature can not be longer than 250 characters."

How you know you have too many guitars...

Apparently once also known as PonyFan #834553.
#10
Quote by HomerSGR
Oh, forgot about that. You're of course right.

Well then, the only reason not to use a standard Stratocaster with distortion would be down to taste in tone in that case, to answer OP's question.


Ja.

Of course, even on the 1, 3, and 5 purely single coil options, simply using less distortion, or EQ'g the tone (preferably with a graphic equalizer where the 60 Hz band can be isolated and dropped, since the effect is sometimes referred to "60 cycle hum") can also provide workable solutions.