#1
I have a Fender Strat Pro HSS with stock pickups, there was a local posting of brand new SD Hot rails and JB Jr humbuckers (set of 3) for only $140. Should I upgrade my pickups? For those who have had these pups, were you still able to get a "strat" tone? I'll use this guitar to play blues, country, pop, hardrock/somewhat metal tone. Thanks for all the advice.
#2
SD Hotrails are singlecoil-sized humbuckers. They may clean up nicely, but won't sound like singlecoils.
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
SD Hotrails are singlecoil-sized humbuckers. They may clean up nicely, but won't sound like singlecoils.


that being said, they actually split reasonably well. but i agree, if you know you want single coil tones, there are better options.

if it's already HSS i'd just get the regular JB for the bridge position.
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#5
tabooyd

We should ask: what is it you seek to do with a pickup swap? Change tones? Improve what you have?
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Quote by tabooyd
I have a Fender Strat Pro HSS with stock pickups, there was a local posting of brand new SD Hot rails and JB Jr humbuckers (set of 3) for only $140. Should I upgrade my pickups? For those who have had these pups, were you still able to get a "strat" tone? I'll use this guitar to play blues, country, pop, hardrock/somewhat metal tone. Thanks for all the advice.

Don't do it - you'll lose the magic of the neck single coil which is really the whole point of owning a Strat. I would keep it as is. If you don't like your tone, get a new amp. 
#7
dannyalcatraz I just wanted to change the stock pickups, but would want to keep a "strat" tone. So I guess these pickups are not what I am looking for
#8
Nope.

But there are all kinds of good upgrades available out there. But you'd want to have a plan, a target tone in mind before you commit to a purchase. And a budget.
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Quote by tabooyd
dannyalcatraz I just wanted to change the stock pickups, but would want to keep a "strat" tone. So I guess these pickups are not what I am looking for

Look at Suhr pickups - they're punchier but still sound like single coils - check out any videos of their guitars - there's a nice snap to them.

There are a ton of good replacement pickups for HSS guitars, just avoid "single coil sized humbuckers" and you'll be fine.
#10
Yep!

Besides Suhr, there's Rio Grande, Lace, Vintage Vibe, Wilde, Lollar, Kent Armstrong, The Creamery, Bareknuckle and many more.
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#11
If you want a hotter humbucker sound, and want to get rid of any sort of Strat sound, they are great- that is what they are designed for. You can, however, wire them to a switch for each pickup which will wire them in prallel, and they should work better then...but they still don't sound like a Strat to me (that might be your point). 
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