#1
If you wanted a versatile Strat that is able to play most types of music, but still keeps a general Strat sound, which pups would you pick?

My train of thought would be some vintage pups in the neck/middle and something hotter in the bridge, like a humbucker if you have a HSS Strat, or a mini-bucker if you have a regular SSS Strat. I have Vintage Noiseless in my neck and mid, and a SD JB jr in the bridge.

I was just wondering what other people’s thoughts are on making a Strat a little more versatile by adding a hotter bridge. Or if you do something else, post it, I would like to know.

Thanks!
My gear...

Samick Les Paul (AV6VB) Guitar w/ SD Alnico2/JB
Marshall AVT150H halfstack
Schecter Stiletto Elite-4 Bass
Ampeg BA112 Bass Amp
Last edited by Staz80 at Feb 2, 2007,
#2
in an SSS, Lace Red - Blue - Silver

With humbuckers, More lace only with splittable duallies.
#3
I have heard that combo is fairly versatile, but I also heard that combo doesn't sound much like a Strat though?
My gear...

Samick Les Paul (AV6VB) Guitar w/ SD Alnico2/JB
Marshall AVT150H halfstack
Schecter Stiletto Elite-4 Bass
Ampeg BA112 Bass Amp
#4
S-S-S

Bridge: Seymour Duncan Hot Rails
Mid: Seymour Duncan Cool Rails
Neck: DiMarzio YJM

All 3 coil tapped. 3 coil tapped humbuckers is as versatile as it gets.
#5
Well they're noiseless; you'd be surprised how much people associate hum with strats.

You can still get strat sounds though, even if you might have to roll of a little volume.
#6
I think trying to make a versatile guitar by mixing and matching pickups doesn't really give you a versatile guitar. I think switching options is what makes a guitar versatile; that, and a good flexible amp. Find a good, balanced set that you like overall and then deal with that from there. I've tried for a long time to make a Strat with three completely different pickups sound good and it just wasn't working. I also don't like Lace Sensors very much. I've tried a few of them in the past and they were pretty bland to me.
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#7
Quote by Pacifica112J

All 3 coil tapped. 3 coil tapped humbuckers is as versatile as it gets.



Newb question...What is coil tapping and what does it do for the sound?
My gear...

Samick Les Paul (AV6VB) Guitar w/ SD Alnico2/JB
Marshall AVT150H halfstack
Schecter Stiletto Elite-4 Bass
Ampeg BA112 Bass Amp
#8
Many humbuckers (most aftermarket ones) can be wired so that you can either use them as humbuckers or flick a switch and use on of the coils on it's own as a single coil.

tbh though with single sized humbuckers you'd just get lower output and not much of a change in sound
#9
Do you need a special switch to do that, and can that be done to my SD JB jr?
My gear...

Samick Les Paul (AV6VB) Guitar w/ SD Alnico2/JB
Marshall AVT150H halfstack
Schecter Stiletto Elite-4 Bass
Ampeg BA112 Bass Amp
#10
Quote by Staz80
Newb question...What is coil tapping and what does it do for the sound?


When you tap a coil, you get single coil sound, but without the hum. Then, you can just flick a switch, and go back to humbucker.
#11
Quote by Nick_
in an SSS, Lace Red - Blue - Silver

With humbuckers, More lace only with splittable duallies.

Agreed, plus it's red silver blue. If he gets a humbucker in the bridge either red/red or a red/silver would be the best choice.