#1
I have a jay turser strat and a roland cube 30x and i was wondering

Are humbuckers a must for playing zakk/kirk sounding shred
#2
For Zakk/ Kirk, a must and must, but basically yes.

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#3
yngwie malmsteen uses stacked humbucker single coils. which are... closer to single coils by tone.
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#4
yngwie uses single coils ^damn u beat me!!
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#6
Humbuckers are preffered. But honestly, a Jay Turser strat aint the best buddy. Time for an upgrade.
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#7
humbuckers are way better than singles for a zakk/kirk sound. Actives too
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Yeah dude. Get DiMarzio's
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I have a jay turser strat and a roland cube 30x and i was wondering

Are humbuckers a must for playing zakk/kirk sounding shred

What shred?That's just overly used pinch harmonics and wah.
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#12
Kirk/Zakk isn't shred buddy.

For a Kirk/Zakk tone, you need buckers. For shred, you can use either. Guys like Eric Johnson use strats, and Yngwie (although they're stacked buckers) uses them too.
#13
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What shred?That's just overly used pinch harmonics and wah.



Plus a lot of repeating riffs that they keep on using...and using...and using..and using..and using.
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#14
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Kirk/Zakk isn't shred buddy.

For a Kirk/Zakk tone, you need buckers. For shred, you can use either. Guys like Eric Johnson use strats, and Yngwie (although they're stacked buckers) uses them too.


+1. Btw, its worth noting, when Yngwie was recording Rising Force, I do believe his guitars still had standard singles in them.
#15
It actually depends on the type of shred you want to play mate.
Like metal, humbuckers are a definite must.
Or active pick ups, i got this bad ass sound out of my Charvel with some actives.

But if your going to play the bluesy shred, single coils are probably the way to go.
#16
Also Yngwie's a bit of a twat.

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dude...seymour duncan all the way
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#18
^did he ever ask what brand pickups are the best?
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#21
Doesn't matter what Yngwie uses.

Humbuckers just have a more full / meaty tone.

Single coils you can still shred on, but it doesn't sound quite as good.
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#22
In my experience, with the right set-up (tube preamp+effect processor, or high-quality tube amp+cab w/awesome speakers), Standard Mexican Strat single-coils sound awesome, and possess a surprisingly broad tonal palette.

On my HSS Strat, I do half the leads on the humbucker, and the other half on the neck-position, single-coil. The bridge-position humbucker is hot and treble-ey. The neck-position, single-coil is deep and toneful. But after that signal gets out of my preamp, it's all as gained-out as I need it.
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#23
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Stacked humbuckers are they not?

Still a single coil tone not to mention very very low output even for a single coil

IMO a single coil especially in the neck is ideal for shred tones, its got the cut and the smoothness thats perfect for fast runs,sweeps, taps ect ect.
#24
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Jazz is just as fast as shred sometimes, and most Jazz guitarists use humbuckers.

But shred is generally a sound/genre rather than a technique. Jazz ain't got anything to do with it.

But yes, most shredders do use humbuckers - high power ones are most common unless you're a swede playing a strat.
#25
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But shred is generally a sound/genre rather than a technique. Jazz ain't got anything to do with it.

But yes, most shredders do use humbuckers - high power ones are most common unless you're a swede playing a strat.

tbh it's not really a sound/genre at all.

what do yngwie and shawn lane have in common?

both shred, both 2 completely different genres.

Paul Gilbert writes pop rock songs ffs.

a person is a shredder if they have a high level of mastery over their instrument and have good technical abilities so jazz guitarists can count as shred.

anyway, humbuckers aren't essential for shred but it's common for most shredders to have humbuckers in their guitars but if you like the tone that single coils give you then why would they prevent you from shredding?

You could do metal on single coil equipped guitars. If you like the tone then that's ok. but as previously stated Humbuckers are the standard for that type of music. especially zakk/kirk style playing, especially as they both use the exact same pickups (emg 81&85).
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#27
Yeap, shredding doesn't have anything to do with the type of pickups. Is more dependent of the style of music you are playing.
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#28
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What you can't shred with actives?


No, actives are just as good as humbuckers if not better for shred depending on the tone your going for and how hot you want it.
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EMG's or Dimebucker

EMG's maybe, but I wouldn't really recommend the Dimebucker.
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emg is pretty gay dude
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#31
Nothing wrong with using a strat for shred. Just ask a certain Mr. Johnson. I tend to find bridge pickup with tone rolled off a little works well. Neck pickup too but that tends to lack a little bite.
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#32
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Kirk/Zakk isn't shred buddy.

For a Kirk/Zakk tone, you need buckers. For shred, you can use either. Guys like Eric Johnson use strats, and Yngwie (although they're stacked buckers) uses them too.


last time i checked, kirk was playing strats long before he played anything with buckers.........wierdest thing to see is the music video of "one" where he plays singl coil strats
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#35
^just search youtube "shred japan" u get all the MIJ yngwies.
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#37
i dunno. that 20yr old that actually doesn't have Yngwie hair? i think that guy is good. one with the ESP single coil and the hughes & kettener.
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#38
Yeah he was I think his phrasing was a little more original. The fatter guy had the Yngwie image and sound down pretty close almost exact.

Cept he's dyin to get that fretboard scalloped haha