#1
So yeah im into rock


Hendrix , Guns n Roses , Led Zeppelin etc


Some metal


Metallica , Megadeth , Black Sabbath


So naturally my bands music reflects some of all this.


But the solos are sounding a little weaker live and fuzzy on the recordings n i was thinking


Could it be the single coil pickups ?


If so how do i fix this ? Ive just spent 500 quid on the strat so buying a new guitar isnt on the agenda.
#2
There are a ton of strat solos played with the middle and neck pickups to get a bit thicker. You might also consider an EQ pedal to boost your solo tones.

One thing is, 5 of the 6 bands you list use guitars with humbuckers so they'll naturally sound different. Strats are just fine for metal though, Jake E Lee and Yngwie think so at least.
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#3
Quote by Mudder
There are a ton of strat solos played with the middle and neck pickups to get a bit thicker. You might also consider an EQ pedal to boost your solo tones.

One thing is, 5 of the 6 bands you list use guitars with humbuckers so they'll naturally sound different. Strats are just fine for metal though, Jake E Lee and Yngwie think so at least.



I know this sounds incredibly noob ish but wot position should the toggle switch be in for the middle and wot position for the neck ?


Also , EQ pedal ? what exactly does it do ?
#4
Assuming you've got a 5 way switch on your strat and three pickups, the switch will select the pickups in the same order as the pickups are positioned (i.e. when looking down at the guitar, right = bridge, pointing vertically upwards = middle and left = neck) as far as your tone goes, your pedals, amp and settings are probably a much bigger factor in the equation.
#6
or get a semour duncan pickup booster
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#7
Hmmm emgs eh . . . how much ?


Also ive got seymour duncans already the ones that came with it.


Whats a pickup booster do ?
#8
i dunno if this is what you want but i went duckbucker on the neck seymour duncan in the middle and duckbucker on the bridge
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#9
to get a thicker tone i raised my neck pick up and i put thicker strings on my guitar.
#10
what type of strat? what type of pickups? any pedals? and what amp?
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#11
Umm.. yeah.. just get a pedal to boost your output.
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#12
You're overwhelming the man!

Yes, single coils have a much thinner tone and hum, but there are exceptions, and it can be fixed.

If you want a thicker tone for your strat, you can buy thicker strings, buy dual rail singlecoils (hotrails), or buy a variety of pedals or amps.

To fix hum, you can buy noise cancelling pedals, or hum cancelling strat pickups.

If you aren't into buying anything, positions 2 and 4 of your selector switch will give a somewhat humbuckerish tone.
#13
^^ That would work.

Or you could replace the bridge pickup with a humbucker if you change the pickgaurd.

Might cost a little but not as much as a new guitar.
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#14
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what type of strat? what type of pickups? any pedals? and what amp?



Its a Korean Strat came out in 2004 its light ash.


Seymour Duncan Single Coil Pickups


Boss Ds-1 Distiortion Pedal
Vox Wah Wah Pedal


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#15
what peavey and what line 6. with the amp you can get a tube amp that will be able to give you sorta the sounds you want
#16
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what peavey and what line 6. with the amp you can get a tube amp that will be able to give you sorta the sounds you want



I dont know man i just use whatever i can get at the place we practice.
#18
Quote by Punk_Ninja
Just have the pick-up selector selecting the bridge and middle, practically a humbucker



4th position ?
#19
well you know how when the selector is all the way 'down' you are playing the bridge, one up from that, bridge and middle, i'm not sure how the positions are numbered but yeah, one that'll select 2 pick-ups will give you a more humbucking sound
#20
Quote by Punk_Ninja
well you know how when the selector is all the way 'down' you are playing the bridge, one up from that, bridge and middle, i'm not sure how the positions are numbered but yeah, one that'll select 2 pick-ups will give you a more humbucking sound



Ok thanks man (thats forth position btw just case your curious)


Ill try that next time im practicin


Is there any amp settings i could use ?


E.g. Nice rock rhythm and thick soloing rhythm.
#21
if u want humbucker sound, there is no substitute for a bridge humbucker.
costs $70, and usually fits in the bridge u would just have to look under the pickguard to see if there's room.

either that or buy a better distortion pedal. something heavier than the ds1.
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Quote by jj1565
if u want humbucker sound, there is no substitute for a bridge humbucker.
costs $70, and usually fits in the bridge u would just have to look under the pickguard to see if there's room.

either that or buy a better distortion pedal. something heavier than the ds1.



Pickup then i guess.


I just bought the ds-1 so im not buying another one.
#23
and dont get me wrong. i actually own and like my ds1. its just not as versatile/heavy as other more expensive boxes.

check out dimarzio, seymour duncan sites. depends on ur locality.

u would need the humbucker room and either to cut or replace the pickguard for an HSS at an additional $20.


they also sell mini humbuckers. they fit in single coil slots. but i would only get one if the full sides humbucker didnt fit.
they have nie output but the spacing is narrow and they sound like really hot singles.
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and dont get me wrong. i actually own and like my ds1. its just not as versatile/heavy as other more expensive boxes.

check out dimarzio, seymour duncan sites. depends on ur locality.

u would need the humbucker room and either to cut or replace the pickguard for an HSS at an additional $20.



So about £100 quid yeah?
#25
yeah, i dont know the conversion, sorry i could look it up. but about $90usd wt u doing the instal urself.

and make sure u see my edit^ on hot rails up there too.
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#29
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I know this sounds incredibly noob ish but wot position should the toggle switch be in for the middle and wot position for the neck ?


Also , EQ pedal ? what exactly does it do ?


Wait.. You're a lead guitarist for a band and you don't know how to use the pick up selecter? Oh dear god.

All the way up = neck
Middle = Middle
All the way down = bridge
#30
Quote by Braindoctor
So rails , they as good as humbuckers?



see, now this means u didnt read my edit on hot rails. ^

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#31
Quote by Punk_Ninja
Just get a set of 'rails
humbuckers in single format


humbuckers in single format wont mean that it will exactly sound just like a humbucker much like a coil split humbucker wont exactly reproduce the tone of a single at all
#32
Maybe Swineshead Pyro in the bridge and middle and a Spotligh tin the neck? Check www.swinesheadpickups.co.uk

Then use postion 2 and 4 for the heavier stuff and maybe roll off some tone (and you could also add a MXR Micro Amp to get more output).
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