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I have SSL-1 Neck& Middle, do I go for SSL-5 or Hot rail for Bridge or something else?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by neteel, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. neteel

    neteel Strat-Talk Member

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    I have Seymour Duncan Vintage SSL-1 Neck& Middle(RWRP), do I go for Seymour Duncan SSL-5 or Hot rail (SHR 1-B)for Bridge?
    both SSL-5 anf SHR1-B have the same Output, what will be your choice?
    Or do you have some preference for the Bridge Position.
    Thank you!
     
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  2. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    I like the Hot Rails in the bridge. I've never played an SSL-5, though I gotta say the Rails weren't all too vintage sounding.

    You've gone for the SSL-1s, so I guess you're after the classic Strat sound. The SSL-5 would be the better choice in that case, I reckon.
     
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  3. neteel

    neteel Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you, but the thing I like with the Hot Rail is the Noiseless, that's why I hesitate so much.
     

  4. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    Then shouldn't you have gotten noiseless stacks all along?

    But anyway, the STK-S6 is the noiseless version of the SSL-5. Best of both worlds!
     
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  5. neteel

    neteel Strat-Talk Member

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    Seymour Duncan SSL-5 or SHr1-b(Hot Rail) for Bridge Position? What is your position?
    I play Blues and Hard Rock with a Yamaha THR Amp.
    I already have Vintage SSL-1 on Neck and Middle(RW/RP) Position.
    Thank you!
     

  6. neteel

    neteel Strat-Talk Member

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    I will check that, Thank you Very Much.
     

  7. bolognahead

    bolognahead Strat-Talk Member

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    I have SSL1 neck and middle, and texas special (cs version) bridge. Tone pot connected to bridge pickup, helps attenuate the beast, sounds vintage enough for cleans and handles leads much better than a vintage style pickup.
     

  8. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    The SSL-5 (or -6) would be my choice. The Hot Rail is so hot, and mid heavy, that it will drastically overpower the SSL-1s in tone and output. I'd only pick a Hot Rail if there were other heavy-sounding pickups in the neck and middle.
     
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  9. mabley123

    mabley123 Senior Stratmaster

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    SSL 1C DG
     
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  10. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster

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    What would you consider as "heavy sounding" Seymour Duncan offerings in the middle and neck positions? Either as a pair or mixed pups.
     

  11. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    Depends on what sounds you want. You can go with 2 Hot Rails in those positions, or 2 Quarter Pounds. But, again, it depends if you still want a Stratty sound or something like hot humbuckers in there.

    I consider heavy sounding to be a guitar built for metal.
     
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  12. David Garner

    David Garner Senior Stratmaster

    The SSL-5 is such a nice bridge pickup I'd hesitate to recommend anything else. It's very much in the Strat/single coil universe, but it's just thicker and hotter and ballsier. It doesn't really sound like a humbucker, but it does sound more like a P90 or a really ballsy Tele bridge pickup. I loved the one I had in mine for a while.

    These days I don't really want anything that hot in my Strat. But if that's what you're after, especially with the SSL-1 in the neck and mid, you really can't go wrong with the SSL-5.
     
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  13. neteel

    neteel Strat-Talk Member

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    I play Hendrix, SRV, Blues, and Old Pink Floyd(The Wall and Before). No Metal
    and I play Hard Rock, Deep purple, Black Sabbath.
     

  14. Kstu

    Kstu Strat-Talker

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    I have the same setup with the ssl5. I love it and find myself on the bridge more than I thought thinking the ssl1 in the neck is where I would be. Wrong. I find it's hot enough but not too hot. Just right.
     
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  15. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    If the heaviest you play is Purple and Sabbath, I might discount the Hot Rails (actually, it might be good for Sabbath, but nothing else on your list). I'd certainly recommend the SSL-5 (or -6) in the bridge. For the neck and middle, you might try more vintage-stile singles like SSL-1 (or -2) for more blues, and bell-like Strattiness. They like gain and you can certainly cover Hendrix, blues, SRV, with them. If you want a more hard rock pickup in the neck, look at the Little 59. It doesn't sound Stratty, but it nails old Les Paulish tones.
     
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  16. neteel

    neteel Strat-Talk Member

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    Does someone know the Polarity of a Seymour Duncan SSL-5?

    I want to put a SSL-5 in Bridge position.

    My Neck (SSL-1) is NORTH
    My Middle (SSL-1 RW/RP) is SOUTH
    I presume the Bridge should be NORTH???

    Thank you!
     

  17. neteel

    neteel Strat-Talk Member

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    I will go with a SSL-5, I already have SSL-1 Neck and Middle(RW/RP)
    Do you know the polarity of SSL-5?
     
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  18. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

    Almost all Duncans are the same. It will be the same polarity as your neck SSL-1.
     
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  19. neteel

    neteel Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you, I will order one SSL-5 right away! I love Strat-Talk.
     
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