#1
I have a question on guitars with dual humbucker pick-ups. What are the advantages? i seen some strat's with a HSS setup or HSH and I was wondering if there was something i would be missing out on if i choose the HSS. I was simply thinking with the pickup selector i can choose the normal strat sound with the singles or switch to the humbuckers for a warm deeper sound.

With applying proper playing and scales for my type of playstyles "metal, southern rock, shred, etc" of course

Sorry if it doesn't seem clear i tried to summarize it the best i can.
#2
Humbuckers are less noisy than single coils, and are usually better suited for Metal and Hard rock styles (although ive seen a few people shred it up on SSS guitars *cough* yngwie)

They usually give a bigger sound, which is pretty common in rock music. HSS strats are pretty friggen versatile, so if you like the feel you cant really go wrong.
#4
It's just a preference thing. HSS is common on strats for a little extra kick in the bridge, HSH is popular because some people like a jazzier tone in the neck. SH is common on telecasters for the same reason. Just play a few if you can and figure out what you like.
#5
A humbucker in the neck position might be better if you want a warm, deeper sound. The bridge pup in HSS is usually pretty spanky. But I'm not a big single-coil fan, not much experience there. I'd just go play a few.
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It's just a preference thing. HSS is common on strats for a little extra kick in the bridge, HSH is popular because some people like a jazzier tone in the neck. SH is common on telecasters for the same reason. Just play a few if you can and figure out what you like.


+1

with HSH you're gaining the neck humbucker tone, but losing the neck single coil tone. vice-versa with HSS.
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#7
humbuckers pqn single coils imo, go for a H-H setup, for you styles of music it is the best.
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could i use the power of both the humbuckers at the same time?



No, but you can use one coil from both humbuckers at the same time, but not the full power of both.

Personally, I prefer a humbucker in the neck position for soloing and stuff.
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(although ive seen a few people shred it up on SSS guitars *cough* yngwie)


Stacked humbuckers ;-) Looks like SC, but is a HB
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Stacked humbuckers ;-) Looks like SC, but is a HB



Yes, but it's physically impossible to get a true humbucker tone out of the stacked humbuckers, the coils and stuff aren't spaced enough to give it the same effect.
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Yes, but it's physically impossible to get a true humbucker tone out of the stacked humbuckers, the coils and stuff aren't spaced enough to give it the same effect.


Don't really think distance would matter. It's all about magnetism.

What different effect would be produced?
#13
^ it picks up the signal across a wider range of the string, so sounds fuller...

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No, but you can use one coil from both humbuckers at the same time, but not the full power of both.


what? of course you can. o_O
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#14
Thank you all guys, i'm mostly new at humbucker guitars since i started out with fender and now i happened to be looking at some HSS strats and the JacksonKVX10
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could i use the power of both the humbuckers at the same time?

You can use both together but it's not the greatest of sounds IMO, don't be fooled into thinking it'll give you "moar br00talz"
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No, but you can use one coil from both humbuckers at the same time, but not the full power of both.

Personally, I prefer a humbucker in the neck position for soloing and stuff.

dude wtf? of course you can use both humbuckers at once!
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You can use both together but it's not the greatest of sounds IMO, don't be fooled into thinking it'll give you "moar br00talz"


agreed, i meant to write something along those lines but forgot.
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You can use both together but it's not the greatest of sounds IMO, don't be fooled into thinking it'll give you "moar br00talz"
That's good to know is there any use for using both of the humbuckers through distortion channel?
#19
Not really, tends to go muddy and indistinct - works better for clean tones IMO.
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Using both humbuckers works best on a guitar with separate tone and volume for each of the pickup. Like Les Paul for an example. You can mix the treble from the bridge pickup and the bass from neck however you want. I love messing around with that setup.
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#21
HSS = super versatile. You get to keep that neck single coil sound, the quack sound between it and the middle single coil, and you've got some power when using the HB. If you can't afford a bunch of guitars to best handle anything you want to play then I think a HSS setup is of awesome value. Just don't expect it to sound as thick and warm as a LP type guitar though.
#22
^ yeah, for most versatile guitar, IMO, it's a toss-up between HSH or HSS, depending on whether you need the neck single coil or humbucker sound more.

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Using both humbuckers works best on a guitar with separate tone and volume for each of the pickup. Like Les Paul for an example. You can mix the treble from the bridge pickup and the bass from neck however you want. I love messing around with that setup.


agreed, i was just going to say that earlier only i cba... also i like the "both humbuckers on" tone with my LP for very vintage-sounding overdrive... sounds really nice and warm.
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