#1
My plan is to sell my SG, because its useless to me, and pick up a strat (like the one below)

Im hoping to get 800 for my SG (ask me interested if your interested btw), so I would have a good start on the 1000 needed for the strat. Does 800 seem like a reasonable price?

Now here is the real question: what pickup configuration would be better for shred? I own a nice ibanez, so my metal tones are under control. Would it better to go with a HSS setup, SSS config like Malmsteen, or does it even matter because the bridge pickup is mostly utilized?

Followup question, which single coil pickups would be best suited for shred? I would say the YJM/HS-3 would be the most obvious choice, but they are very low output.
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#2
Malmsteen has stacked humbuckers in his guitars, so you'll want HSS.
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#3
Why are you getting a strat if you're going to be playing shred? It doesn't make sense to get a $1000 guitar, then have to change the pickups when you could get a more shred oriented guitar for the same price, or cheaper.
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#4
Quote by ThroughtheHaze
Malmsteen has stacked humbuckers in his guitars, so you'll want HSS.


what? he uses HS-3's, which are hum canceling, so they are very humbucker like, but not as fat sounding

edit:
to above, I already have a shred machine, but Im looking for something I can play everything else on, such as things that use a clean tone, and I would like to be able to play shred on it as well
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#5
Strats aren't really a shred guitar... You will probably find it hard to get the tone your looking for on a Strat.
#7
Quote by sacamano79
what? he uses HS-3's, which are hum canceling, so they are very humbucker like, but not as fat sounding

edit:
to above, I already have a shred machine, but Im looking for something I can play everything else on, such as things that use a clean tone, and I would like to be able to play shred on it as well

If you put shred pickups in it, it's probably not going to be great at... not shred. A strat won't give you the strat tone if you change the pickups.
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#8
well what would you consider a "shred pickup", because I think of HS-3's and a lot of people play country/blues with them (youtube)
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#10
Yngwie uses an HS3/YJM/YJM combination on the newest version of his signature:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZWpY8J9__yE


Also, plenty of people use an SSS configuration for shred(-like) music.
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#11
Quote by Bonsaischaap
Yngwie uses an HS3/YJM/YJM combination on the newest version of his signature:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZWpY8J9__yE


Also, plenty of people use an SSS configuration for shred(-like) music.

i agree with you...........but the h/s/s is just more versatile.
#12
Quote by mmjohn
i agree with you...........but the h/s/s is just more versatile.


It depends on what you're looking for.

Even with a coil split a humbucker doesn't sound the same as a single coil. Depending on the amp and the pickups you go for, an SSS configuration can be just as nice.


I have no problems getting a heavier tone out of the single coil in the bridge position in my Strat. Of course it will always have a certain single coil-like snap (not too prominent, though), but I find that it adds, well, a bit of clarity to the sound.

Again, it all depends on what you want, what pickups you use and how your amp is EQ'ed.
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#13
SSS will be fine! I personally hate HSS strats - they just look wrong...

Strats sound fantastic with a decent amp, and are fine for shred playing. Yngwie used standard pickups at the start, and only used DiMarzio's after he came to america and found he got a lot of hum. Standard single coils are fine for normal levels, although they do start to pick up a bit more hum at high volumes around other equipment.
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#14
Get a Kramer jersey star. Versatile and good for shredding if the mood takes you.
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