#1
So I've been playing my American Deluxe Strat for about 3 months now, and I love everything about it except that I can't always get the pinch harmonic sound I want out of it.

I mostly play SRV, Hendrix, and Zeppelin, but I am becoming increasingly interested in metal like Pantera.

My question is, would buying a replacement pickup for just the bridge slot fix my problem with pinch harmonics and give me more of the tone I want in a Cemetery Gates and other metal songs?

I would rather not replace all of the p/u's partially because of how much it would cost and partially because I really like the tone of the neck and middle p/u's.

Would the S-1 switching system complicate any pickup changes I would want to make and would this even be a good decision to begin with?
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#2
I would not touch the MIA dlx. If you are getting into metal, just go after a decent metal guitar. Schecter is a guitar company that makes a bunch of different guitars utilizing active EMGs. Try them out for size.
#3
A humbucker *should* do the trick. Look into other pups aswell, like Seymour Duncan etc... they may go better with your stock ones.
#4
if you do go for a different guitar, try deans. what dimebag played and you an get them with EMG's as well, or ESP
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if you do go for a different guitar, try deans. what dimebag played and you an get them with EMG's as well, or ESP

Seeing as I spent the majority of my summer job money on that deluxe, I don't think I really want to go ahead and purchase another guitar. I do have a MIM Strat that I kindof wanted to mess around with modding, maybe a set of Seymour Duncs or EMGs in that would work?
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#6
On second thoughts, yeah - mod your Standard Strat. Keep your Deluxe completely stock!
#7
Mixing active pickups and passive is pain in the butt. It can be done just alot easier to go one or the other.
#8
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Mixing active pickups and passive is pain in the butt. It can be done just alot easier to go one or the other.

good advice,

i guess it would make sense to just toss a set of active p/u's in my mexi if I was to do anything but buy a new guitar.
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#9
im thinking of doing the same thing to my fat strat, except i might put CS 54s on mine...i actually just posted a question about it before i saw this...im still asking myself if i really want to though
#10
dunno has been answered personally im too lazy to read through anything which means I prob shouldn't even say anything... but anyways..

Basically for pinch harmonics you need lots of treble and the more volume the better. But high output pups can help a lot too. And of course actives. But you also dont wanna mix actives and passives
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#11
You can get the emg active kits with pickguard and just drop in the mim. Emgs pretty much dont care what you drop them, in they have a tendency to sound the same in anything.