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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by LonghaulPaul, May 25, 2017.
I'm wondering if it's possible to get a similar tone out of my 94strat MIM?
In my experience you can get more or less any tone out of any guitar... it's more about the rest of the signal chain... the amp, settings? Pedals etc, even the room...
Depends how picky you are. I have a hot humbucker in my strat, but it just doesn't sound the same as one of my mahogany bodied guitars with the same pickup. I doubt anyone but another guitarist could hear the difference, but I can. It is subtle though.
Here are a few of my guitars. I usually take two electrics to a gig. I don't spend much time worrying which two. They all do the same thing.
Not to be argumentative, but in an effort to be precise... you say a mahogany bodied guitar with the same pickup... but also the same pots and caps, same wire, same brand and size strings, et. etc.? I guess all of those variables that all of us tone-seekers take into consideration (including saddles, bridge, tremolo block, etc. etc.) ultimately shape our tone *as well as amps, settings, effects, cables, mics, etc. etc.)
Yes, all of those variables do to some extent, though the effect may be very small of any particular one. On top of that, your effects, amp/settings, and then how you play the thing all have an impact.
The two I am thinking about have the exact same pickups, wires and pots since they both are using the EMG solderless systems. Same strings too. Saddles, bridge, nut and wood are all different.
Sounds just like all of my Strats do when I don't change the strings for a year.
In my opinion, a Stratocaster is not going to produce the same tone as a Les Paul...different scale lengths.
Welcome to the forum....
The answer is no unless you install a humbucker pickup....
I think it depends on your gain set up.
Back in the day when amps didn't have a lot of gain, hotter pickups helped. Pedals helped.
Nowadays, with the gain & tone you get with some pedals, & the shear gain available in modern amps I think you should be able to get any sound you want out of any guitar you want. Well, you can do a lot with the controls on the guitar & the controls on your amp.
I find it hard to get a decent chug out of a single coil bridge, but that #2 position can be pretty convincing.
Scale length is an essential part of the Les Paul sound. People tend to neglect the difference 0.75'' makes.
I've never been much of a LP guy, and as a session musician I've tried to nail those tones with many superstrats, EBMMs, PRS, etc. but in the end, nothing sounds like the real thing.
uh what model is that black Epiphone SG?
yes you can get that tone from a strat, pickups and amp settinigs, you could even get close with an SSS using tone control and amp control;s.
I think you can get LP-ish sounds out of a Strat, but it won't ever sound like a particular LP. It might fool some people live and on recordings (I've been fooled). I am a fan of Strats that sound LP-ish, so I get the desire to do that. The ergonomics of an LP doesn't work for me (nor does the economics). So I do my best with what I like to play. I love the sound, so I don't care if it replicates a specific LP.
Jeff Beck gets plenty of fatness out of a single coil.
I think you could get a bridge SC to sound LPish but not a neck SC.
Ain't that the truth?
So what pickups do you recommend for an LP-ish sounding fat strat?