Quote by TheUnholy
Why thank you.

Offtopic a sec, is your name taken from the Brothers Karamazov? I'm about to start reading that, once I've finished the Solzhenitsyn book I'm on just now.

Yes, the name is from Dostoevsky's book. The Brothers Karamazov was excellent. If you haven't read Crime and Punishment or The Idiot, they will read a little more smoothly and will give you an idea of Dostoevsky's style and overall beliefs. I read those two, as well as Notes from Underground, before the Brothers K and I think that made the Brothers all the better.

Sorry for the off topic.

Back to your regularly scheduled distortion pedal discussion.
Quote by TheUnholy
Metal Muff does me proud. The top boost is only "useless" if you crank it - set low it can add a nice trebly bite at appropriate moments. There maybe are more "chuggy" pedals out there - I can't say I've done many comparisons - but you can certainly get chugging out of a Metal Muff.

I'd say it matched the threadstarter's "versatile" criteria as well, as you can get a pretty decent range of metal tones out of it - or turn the distortion way down, and it gives you a nice old-school rock sound.

I'd definitely endorse the Metal Muff, but do spend a while fiddling around with it finding the right settings for you. And yes, you can make pinch harmonics with it

I agree with all you've said about the Metal Muff.

Just don't get the Metal Muff confused with the Big Muff, there's no chug in that fuzz...
So there's no confusion, let me agree with everyone else. Two single coils run in series will not sound the exact same as a humbucker. To sound exactly like a humbucker you would need a humbucker.

The point I'm trying to make is that two single coils run in series sound quite different that one single coil by itself, and sound quite different than two single coils run in parallel.

So exactly like a humbucker--no. Exactly like a single coil--no. In between--yes. How far in between (25%, 50%, 75%, etc.) the two is up to the individual listening to the guitar being played.
The red Strat--

It doesn't seem like you are getting a lot of hits on this here. I know you don't have a lot of time, and I certainly cannot help you with your question regarding wiring difficulties. From what I have read, if you were to buy a pre-installed pickguard containing all of the pickups and wiring already soldered, the install is simple.

From what I've seen in the eBay link, you will just be getting the electronics. Based on what I've read, there is nothing more complicated than the wiring under the pickguard of a Strat with S-1.

Please don't take me for the definitive answer here. You owe it to yourself to wait on the auction (there will be others) and sign-up at Those guys can tell you more than you would ever want to know about anything Fender.

And unlike others who have posted in this thread, if you like the Strat sound but just want a little humbucker every once in a while, I think you would really like the options S-1 provides.

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I have an American Deluxe Stratocaster with S-1 switching (SSS). I have previously had an American Standard with S-1 (HSS).

I love the options that you get with S-1. In my opinion, the neck position with S-1 engaged sounds closer to a neck humbucker than the bridge position with S-1 engaged sounds in comparison to a true bridge humbucker (on a SSS strat). The neck position really gets that singing Les Paul type tone for leads and is very satisfying. The bridge position gets much thicker sounding than a single coil, but it lacks the aggressive bite of a true humbucker.

If you are thinking of using the S-1 bridge humbucker simulation for just a couple songs (so that you don't need to switch guitars) I think the S-1 will work well for you. But if you think you will try to use the bridge position with S-1 engaged for a lot of songs in an attempt sound like a humbucker, I think you will not be as satisfied with your tone as you would be with a true humbucker in the bridge.

The nice part about a SSS strat with S-1 switching is that you still have the traditional 5 strat pickup positions, but then you can swith to fatter sounding alternatives when the mood strikes. I find that I spend most of my time on the bridge single coil, the strat-quack 4th position, and the neck position with S-1 engaged (humbucker style).

Hope this helps.