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aggressive bridge humbucker

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Kakastrat, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Kakastrat

    Kakastrat Strat-Talk Member

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    i need your help to choose a very good bridge humbucker for my strat (passive humbuckers)

    thinking about options:

    Carvin C22B
    Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB
    Seymour Duncan SH-11 Custom Custom
    Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader
    Bill Lawrence L500XL
    Bill Lawrence L500R

    Or something else

    Thanks for your help my friends
     
  2. ns2joel

    ns2joel Strat-Talk Member

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    i really like the jb..it just feels right to me. the invader is ok i havent tried any of the other pickups listed.
     
  3. blackstrat

    blackstrat Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I can definitely vouch for the JB too. It's a hot and full sounding pickup that's great for rock/hard rock. I had it in the bridge position of a US strat and liked it a lot, plus the split coil tones weren't bad either. Now, if you're after super agressive metal tones and don't care about the clean tones go for the Invader.

    If you finally decide on one of the SDs, go for the Trembucker versions - the strings will line up much better with the pickup's poles.
     
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  5. paleus

    paleus Strat-O-Master

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    + 1 for the JB.
     
  6. blasphemoustrat

    blasphemoustrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have a jb in one of my strats and I like it enough. My personal favorite is a Duncan hotrail in the bridge.
     
  7. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

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    2 on my list that i love

    Dimarzio X2N very highout put with a nice balanced sound. Bass isnt too boomy mids are there and the highs dont sound like a hiss machine.

    Dimarzio De Activator - nice high out put with some good barking mids i found.

    but its also all in how you play them, these are the humbucker p ups that respond best to my picking and playing style.
     
  8. bbarott

    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    Well, the very best bridge humbucker I've ever played by far is a PRS HFS pickup. Don't know about how difficult it might be to mount in a strat though.

    b.
     
  9. boof

    boof Senior Stratmaster

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    Suhr aldrich has a nice mid bite to it.
    Dimarzio super distortions are tried and true
    I dont know if the site is still up but search for James Lugo pickup shoot out. there were about 25 or so pick ups compared
     
  10. softwarejanitor

    softwarejanitor Most Honored Senior Member

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    I love the DiMarzio Megadrive. They still make them but they aren't as easy to find these days. They are powerful but clean up pretty well when you back off the volume to about 7 or so.
     
  11. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If you want an uber aggressive Hb, I have a Dimebucker I am not currently using.
     
  12. madmat

    madmat But I digress Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The DiMarzio Tone Zone is pretty good. Strong output with a big bottom end.

    The Lace Dually red/blue is also a very strong humbucker but can be split to two very different sounding singles. The red coil is very close in sound to the SSL-4 Quarter Pounder while the blue coil has more of a PAF vibe.

    The Dimebucker Nick suggested is a very aggressive sounding pickup. Lots of mids with good attack. It's SD's clone of a Lawrence L-500XL.

    What are you going to be pairing it with? Or are you going to be building a single HB guitar?
     
  13. Stratonini

    Stratonini Senior Stratmaster

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    Dimarzio Super 3. It came in the Fender HRR Strats and HM Strats.
     
  14. Kakastrat

    Kakastrat Strat-Talk Member

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    it will be HSS or HS
     
  15. madmat

    madmat But I digress Strat-Talk Supporter

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    What singles are you considering? The problem I've encountered with HSS is finding a level between the right drive on the bridge and still retaining drive on the singles.
     
  16. Hugh

    Hugh Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Spend some time looking over these pups from the man himself...

    Wilde Bill's Twin Blades
     
  17. Kakastrat

    Kakastrat Strat-Talk Member

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    I'm usually playing or on the bridge or the neck

    what you think about CARVIN C22B?
     
  18. madmat

    madmat But I digress Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Having never heard one I'm unable to judge. The pickups I've suggested are pickups I have experience with.
     
  19. RoteGitarre

    RoteGitarre Strat-Talker

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    The JB is an excellent choice for a very good all around tone. Not the most aggressive by any means, especially not compared to the Blackout in my F1000, but it does clean up much more nicely. I got some really nice tones from a Dimarzio's DP166 sounds nice too, closer to a JB in output, and not too aggressive.
     
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    The JB is really really good imo
     
  21. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 Dog Whisperer. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    hey, man
    I have a Carvin, their pickups are OK..But I think the number of mounting holes and wires for soldering are diff. than any other companies..Might be better to go with one more standard?...I like the JB a lot :) .
     

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