#1
So now that I'm really upgrading my equipment to sort of match my skill (finally got a new amp after 8 years of a little piss-ant practice amp) I'm really looking into customizing my instrument, mostly practically (I might change the pick-guards and the knobs later, but metal sound is what I really want) I'm thinking about getting a seymour duncan hotrail (i think that's right) pickup for my bridge pick-up, mostly so I can get the fat humbucker distortion without having to cut up my guitar. Does anybody have any other suggestions? Do I need one for my neck pickup as well? Any bridge mods or anything that would help? It's a mexican strat if that changes any opinions. I mostly play progressive metal, Maiden, Manowar, Rhapsody, Iced Earth, that sort of thing.
#2
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So now that I'm really upgrading my equipment to sort of match my skill (finally got a new amp after 8 years of a little piss-ant practice amp) I'm really looking into customizing my instrument, mostly practically (I might change the pick-guards and the knobs later, but metal sound is what I really want) I'm thinking about getting a seymour duncan hotrail (i think that's right) pickup for my bridge pick-up, mostly so I can get the fat humbucker distortion without having to cut up my guitar. Does anybody have any other suggestions? Do I need one for my neck pickup as well? Any bridge mods or anything that would help? It's a mexican strat if that changes any opinions. I mostly play progressive metal, Maiden, Manowar, Rhapsody, Iced Earth, that sort of thing.


If you play maiden you might want to look at some good quality neck pickups (sorry i dont actualy know any pickups)
#3
Get a JB Jr or a Dimarzio Tone Zone (not sure what the single coil sized model is called) for the bridge. But just so you know, it's not hard to route for a humbucker, especially if you have a pickguard to cover it up. Might want to consider it, as it will give you a wider variety of pickups to choose from.
#4
hot rail in the bridge and vintage in the neck or jb jr bridge hot rail neck
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#6
So I'm definitely gonna get a pickup. Should I get the neck or bridge pickup first? Would it benefit me in any way to get both at once? I haven't done this before so I just want to do it right. Would it be better to get one and play with it for awhile and then get the other or is it a pain to take it apart and drop a new pickup in?
#7
maiden used a dimarzio super distortion/paf combo during the old days (iirc) you could try the super distortion S for your bridge and an air norton neck and something cool for the middle.

(and i mean the single coil versions of the SD and AN)
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#8
Get Hot Rails. I have hot rails in all 3 of my strat slots, even tho it was kind of a waste to put one in the middle. Love the tone, the pickups react to your every touch as they're very sensitive.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=lGoh7772Evw
That's a sample of my tone. Ignore the sloppy playing, it was a tone test.
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