#1
Hey. ive heard that singlecoils are cant get that nice beefy sound and that you will need humbuckers for this is this true?
#3
Single coils are better for clean songs. Humbuckers really give that big distortion sound. That's why most strats have single coils cause they're for clean stuff. Most metal guitars come with humbuckers. If you're paying heavy music you definitely want atleast one humbucker to play on.
#5
I really like distorted single coils actually. They do need more gain than humbuckers, but it can be a very nice sound.
#6
Humbucker's are more beefy and 'ballsier' and are generally more suited to heavier music with distortion. Also, to GuitarKid61791, what font is that?


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#7
Yea. Tele single-coils, especially the bridge one, can handle distortion better than most Strat-style singles. Not sure why, but they do. And there are some Strat pickups that can handle distortion while being true singles, not stakced singles or JB Jr.-type singles.
#8
Quote by Foo Fighters!!
i play classic rock and rock. will a tele with singlecoils do the job with a pedal?



Yes. But not as well as something like a les paul.

If you mean classic rock such as zeppelin, then yes Most Led Zepp solos were played on a telecaster. Such as the stairway to heaven solo!

As far as classic rock like AC/DC, a humbucker would be better.
#9
Quote by Foo Fighters!!
i play classic rock and rock. will a tele with singlecoils do the job with a pedal?


If it's not that heavy, single coils are fine. It would probably sound a lot better with humbuckers though.

Don't be fooled into thinking a pedal will make it sound better though, distortion pedals usually sound pretty wank, and the best tones lie in the amp itself.
#10
A Strat/single coils can do rock really easily. Hence why so many rock guitarists use them. Sure, they aren't as beefy, but it gives a more unique tone. You should try it, who knows, you might prefer it.
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#11
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Humbucker's are more beefy and 'ballsier' and are generally more suited to heavier music with distortion. Also, to GuitarKid61791, what font is that?

its tahoma, in the future just hit quote on his post it tells you.

i perfer humbuckers for distortion
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I really like distorted single coils actually. They do need more gain than humbuckers, but it can be a very nice sound.

Same. I love single coils.
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#13
i use my neck single coil for solos and stuff like that it really has more bite than my bridge humbucker. most people prefer humbuckers with distortion because you don't get as much feedback and unwanted noise (because humbuckers are noise canceling).
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#14
ok thanks. i have definatly heard of the feedback problem with singleoils before but this info helps.
#15
has anyone had any experience with a mini humbucker? i dont know what there called but there humbuckers that fit into a singlecoil space. one example would be a seymour duncan little 59
#16
Tele bridge single coils sound great for classic rock and rock. I prefer them to humbuckers.

And your thinking of single coil sized humbuckers...
#17
I have a Strat with 2 single coils and a humbucker... it's great for songs that alternate between clean and distorted parts.
#19
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#20
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A telecaster can handle every genre






Tele's seem to be very versatile lol
#22
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Maiden use strats with singlecoils
Metal enough?

Nope.
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#23
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Quote by Plarx
Maiden use strats with singlecoils
Metal enough?
Nope.


Paul Gilbert has a Fireman with three singles. He has an HSS PGM as well.

Closer to metal enough?
#24
Quote by Sir Anonymous
Paul Gilbert has a Fireman with three singles. He has an HSS PGM as well.

Closer to metal enough?

Nope.As much as I love PG and Iron Maiden,I don't find their tone nearing t3h br00tal tone.
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#25
Strats can definately do classic rock, look at what Pete Townshend plays these days. What does Ritchie Blackmore play? Strat. What did Jimi Hendrix Play? a Strat.
#26
Quote by GuitarKid61791
Single coils are better for clean songs. Humbuckers really give that big distortion sound. That's why most strats have single coils cause they're for clean stuff. Most metal guitars come with humbuckers. If you're paying heavy music you definitely want atleast one humbucker to play on.


I dunno, I think the whole "Singles for clean, 'buckers for high gain" thing is a bit of a myth. I use humbuckers for a nice round, deep clean sound all the time, and I use single coils for a dirty high-gain sound all the time. Basically what I'm trying to say is, a good humbucker sounds wonderful on clean, and a good single coil will sound great with tons of distortion.

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What did Jimi Hendrix Play? a Strat.


Apparently his favourite guitar was his Gibson SG. Which would also explain why he completely abused his Strats and set them on fire etc, while he never did with his SG. Just my two cents.
#27
Quote by Foo Fighters!!
Hey. ive heard that singlecoils are cant get that nice beefy sound and that you will need humbuckers for this is this true?


no

and humbuckers sound great for clean sounds. Larry Carlton, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Bruno, Pat Metheny, etc... all use Gibsons with humbuckers.

If you want to tune down to Q and play teh br00tlZ buy some crummy pickups as your fuzzbox will mean more then your guitar.
#28
I use single-coils for Blues, Shred, Rock, Metal, Jazz, (a VERY slight bit of) country, folk, funk, etc etc etc.

It's all about your style and tone.
You can easily do metal with single-coils, but if you don't like the high-gain tone of single-coils, try humbuckers.
It's just a sterio-type that says Humbuckers = Heavy and Singles = Clean.
#29
Telecasters can sound fockin brutelz. They have a really growling tone in the neck.

I think Tom Morello plays his telecaster on most of the studio records.
#30
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Maiden use strats with singlecoils
Metal enough?

i think they use stacked humbuckers actually
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#31
Quote by GuitarKid61791
Single coils are better for clean songs. Humbuckers really give that big distortion sound. That's why most strats have single coils cause they're for clean stuff. Most metal guitars come with humbuckers. If you're paying heavy music you definitely want atleast one humbucker to play on.

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#32
Quote by Martin Scott

Apparently his favourite guitar was his Gibson SG. Which would also explain why he completely abused his Strats and set them on fire etc, while he never did with his SG. Just my two cents.


He may well have perferred SGs but if you type Jimi Hendrix on google images, he has a Strat on almost all of em, so he must've liked em just a little bit.
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#33
he used strats in the studio almost exclusively
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