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« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2007, 03:23:38 PM »
i would - i like hss strats

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« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2007, 06:02:30 PM »
I know we're on the BKP forum (so apologies, I guess), but what about a SC-sized HB like a Duncan JB Jr or DiMarzio Fast Track?  At least then you preserve the Strat look, to some extent.
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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2007, 06:18:58 PM »
Of course a strat will sound weaker than a humbuckered les paul, but you generally don't use them for the same things, i thought you wanted the strat for cleaner playing and stuff like that and not to compete with the LP?
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« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2007, 07:11:31 PM »
Quote from: Philly Q
I know we're on the BKP forum (so apologies, I guess), but what about a SC-sized HB like a Duncan JB Jr or DiMarzio Fast Track?  At least then you preserve the Strat look, to some extent.


for me they represent too much of a compromise, i have never found one i liked the sound of.  never as good as a full size humbucker or single coil

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« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2007, 07:29:03 PM »
I know a strat wont sound like a les paul but I'd like it to sound a bit thicker on the bridge position, the other 2 singles are fine for me. I might try a Harmonic Design super 90, its made for fattening up the bridge position of a strat :D I actually use the two guitars for similar kinds of music, I just want a change sometimes which is why I wanted another guitar.

Philly I used to use a Dimarzio Chopper in the bridge position of this strat, sounded allright to me but too dull and flat sounding. Was actually thinking about the Super Distortion S as its meant to be a bit brighter. I did quickly have my Rebel Yell in this strat and it sounded pretty good to me, but the pickguard didnt fit right which I just found a bit annoying as it didnt look right to me.

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« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2007, 07:41:18 PM »
What about SD hot rails?
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« Reply #36 on: August 19, 2007, 07:58:50 PM »
i had to put a sd hotrails tele bridge pickup in that black tele i finished last month.  Compared to the Sd jazz in the neck it was lifeless and dull and i recommended the guy changed as soon as he could!!  the neck pickup sounded great so i know it wasnt the guitar i built making it dull :wink:

I think people who buy these mini or stacked pickups dont quite realise how much the physical size of a pickup determines its tone.

for a start you have the issue of how much of the string the pickup 'sees'.  A full size humbucker is literally looking at more string than a mini humbucker.... i feel this counts for a lot - especially with bridge pickups where the tone can be quite poor if too close to the bridge.  the string just moves less in that position.

the actual dimensions on the coil are important as well - tall thin coils sound different to wide flat ones. compare p-90's, jazzmaster p-ups and fender black doves to fenders usual single coils.

Obviously this all works together with stuff like number of windings, wire and magnet type and all other elements of construction.  thats why i like to have Tim making the pickups, rather than continue to use the ones i have made myself ( although i did get some nice sounding ones it was more fluke than skill!!!)

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« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2007, 08:45:17 PM »
Strats sound pretty good with a P90 installed, that will certainly thicken things up a bit.

Failing that there was a discussion about mini humbuckers, which give a fenderish twang, but are also a little thicker in tone
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« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2007, 01:49:33 AM »
I actually have a prototype of a strat size p90 by BG pickups (same guy who made my neck+middle singles), I might as well try it in the bridge next time I want to restring.

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« Reply #39 on: September 02, 2007, 11:11:42 PM »
Well, a bit of an update if anyone cares. I put my RY in my strat and used a black pickguard from my old strat copy. I cant decide if I prefer the white one or not yet. This makes it look a bit "different" whilst the white one looks more classic. Havent got to play thru my amp yet but it sounds pretty good thru the V-Amp


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« Reply #40 on: September 02, 2007, 11:17:11 PM »
i prefered the white!

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« Reply #41 on: September 02, 2007, 11:27:25 PM »
I'm undecided at the minute, typical of me! I will probably eventually get a white or parchment white one but I think this'll probably stay for a bit. I'm not sure how I'll like the master tone yet as I like to sometimes have the necks tone down a bit for a smoother tone whilst still having the bite at the bridge, so switching will take a bit longer..

The trouble with changing pickguards on this guitar is that its not very easy as it doesnt seem to be standard. I have to file down the bit that goes around the neck, a bit off the part around the bridge as well, as it wont fit in otherwise. Maybe theres some kinda non-standard pg I could buy?

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« Reply #42 on: September 15, 2007, 10:15:24 AM »
hello!
this post just to confirm the blender neck+bridge is what you say : a telecaster middle position!!! i make a strat from parts this summer and i have the blender. it is very simple to use, and helpful when you need this tele honky sound...
look at musikraft necks, mine is just beautiful...callaham vibrato too (what a sustain!). :P

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« Reply #43 on: September 15, 2007, 11:06:19 AM »
I think the black pick guard looks more rock, would go black.


Hmmm a strat with 2xP90 and a middle single coil would be a tempting design as well ...
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« Reply #44 on: September 15, 2007, 11:17:12 PM »
+1 for the bvlack pickgard
what about tortoiseshell?