#1
Hey everyone. Im considering buying a MIM fender standard strat, but i was wondering if you can get good lead sounds out of single coils.

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#2
i use a fat strat and with low action yes i can solo with it and yes you can hit pinch harmonics with it. about the pickups bridge always and i find thats where they are crap and where fender saves money by using some generic pickups
#3
fenders where the original guitars for soloing anyways so i don't think you'll have any problems, obviously the shred guitar craze basically combined fender style bodies, with gibson style electronics, but single coils are good for soloing so don't worry. if you're doing some massive distortion stuff you might want to buy hot rails and other single sized humbucking pickups.

frusciante uses pretty stock stuff on his strats as far as i know, even though their vintage, so you should be able to get a similar sound.

iron maiden use hot rails for their soloing on strats.
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#4
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i use a fat strat and with low action yes i can solo with it and yes you can hit pinch harmonics with it.



Whoop-dee-doo. Pinch harmonics can be hit even without pickups.


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#5
uhh.. yeah

Hendrix, SRV, Morello.. lets get real here.

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#6
david gilmour uses strats and his lead tone is insane.

It depends on your amp more than your guitar.
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#7
the only problem i can possible imagine would be if the single coils aren't the best quality (not sure about MIM strats) then they might be noisy, modern single coils don't tend to be that noisy if they're good quality though.
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#8
John Frusciante gets an awesome lead sound form his strat, so you could just do what he does and get an MXR preamp for a more fatter sound from the strats singles.
#11
Strats be very versatile! i mean... Iron Maiden use em, showing you can get a neat heavy sound and soloing tone from them. and then ya have Gilmour, Hendrix, Yngiwe, Clapton, Zappa,Jeff Beck,Eric johnson... very very versatile, great guitar to own at least!
#12
Very versatile indeed. Listen to Yngwie, Crue, RHCP, Skynyrd.
#13
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david gilmour uses strats and his lead tone is insane.

It depends on your amp more than your guitar.

David Gilmour uses EMGs in his Strat. That's why his lead tone is so thick. Also, I disagree with the idea that all your tone comes from your amp. This is simply not true. Your tone comes from everything from your fingers to your speaker. It's something where the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. You can make the biggest change to your guitar's tone by switching amps, yes, but every part of your actual tone is equally as important.

Also, Yngwie uses DiMarzio stacked humbuckers in his Strats. I would say Eric Johnson, SRV and Hendrix are the best examples of true single coil Strat lead tones (Clapton's Strat has mid-boost wiring uncharacteristic of most Strats). If you get a boost pedal, this will also help with your leads.
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#16
and yet the best thing is that it goes from sharp rocky sound to a nice blues tune
#17
just raise the neck pickup and use aggresive picking, itll give you an awsome fat tone.
#18
Eddie Hazel, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Hubert Sumlin, John Frusciante, Tom Morello... Yeah, I reckon you can use Strats for solos.
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#19
I love the crunch of my strat for solos and even some thrash stuff (like seek and destroy)
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#20
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David Gilmour uses EMGs in his Strat. That's why his lead tone is so thick. Also, I disagree with the idea that all your tone comes from your amp. This is simply not true. Your tone comes from everything from your fingers to your speaker. It's something where the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. You can make the biggest change to your guitar's tone by switching amps, yes, but every part of your actual tone is equally as important.

Also, Yngwie uses DiMarzio stacked humbuckers in his Strats. I would say Eric Johnson, SRV and Hendrix are the best examples of true single coil Strat lead tones (Clapton's Strat has mid-boost wiring uncharacteristic of most Strats). If you get a boost pedal, this will also help with your leads.

gilmour didn't always use emg's he used stock fender pickups in all of his strats on most of his work with pink floyd
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