Any love for guitars with Humbuckers?

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  1. Cold Shot

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    20201225_142350.jpg Have to admit since I got my Gibson LP it’s about all I play. I like my Strat but I spent a lot of time trying to make it sound like humbuckers.
     
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    I like 'em all. They all sound different in their own way. I love it that two of the the exact same guitars even in the same color, will have a slightly different feel and personality.

    I like single coil pickups, I like humbuckers, I like hot-rails, I like actives; I like 'em all. Though they're not all right for all applications, they offer versatility that you cannot get in a lot of other types of instruments.

    I like it that there are expensive guitars and cheap guitars, and that you can take a cheap guitar and make it sound and feel expensive.

    I like it that you can find creativity not just in the making of music, but also in the making of guitars.

    I like guitars.

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    here's a build in progress. Those are 70s style Wilde L90s, from the real Lawrence family. Cant wait to finish.
     

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  5. bloomz

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    P-1--'s I think count as Humbuckers as well - here's a pair of pairs
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    I've only got one Strat, I actually prefer both Les Pauls and Teles. But at any rate I've got quite a batch of humbucker guitars.

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    Not 'til recently when I finally found a winner.....

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    I have a guitar rewiring website starting here: http://www.1728.org/guitar.htm

    Humbuckers (IF they have 4 conductor wires or IF you can wire them with 4 conductor wires) give you a huge variety of tone possibilities. I don't know if Gibson still does this but they used to manufacture humbuckers that were completely inaccessible for modification for 4 conductor wiring. (IF you have one of these chrome-covered, 'sealed-for-eternity', 'epoxy-filled' "bricks", not only is removing the cover impossible, getting at the coils is totally out of the question.)
    I like humbuckers a lot IF they have 4 conductor wiring coming out of the pickups. I bought a Gibson SG in 1980 and after a while I wanted a brighter sound and wondered if I could add a coil-cut switch. I soon learned I had "sealed-for-eternity, epoxy-filled bricks" for humbuckers. ARRGHH!!!!

    Since this is a Fender™ Forum, I should talk about single coils.

    Single coils sound great when played "clean" and give great treble response. However, if you want that "dirty" overdriven sound of a humbucker, you WON'T be able to get it because a Fender Strat's coils are wired in parallel and humbuckers are wired in series.

    Here is what I call the Ultra-Strat Mod: http://www.1728.org/guitar2.htm.

    This allows you to have series wired or parallel wired coils, and out-of-phase wiring.

    Well, I just thought I'd offer my suggestions.
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    Yep. I got the guitar when my mom bought a Beetle in 2006. It's actually a pretty decent guitar.
     
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    I like them, but the operative word is "sometimes". I think a lot has to with the amps you use. I'm using Fender Tweeds today (low power Twin, and Deluxe). I think they sound especially great with the guitars they were made for - single coil Fenders :) Now with a Marshall plexi - all bets are off.

    But I do love pulling out the Les Paul or 335 sometimes, regardless of the amp. Either way, I prefer the lower wind PAF type humbuckers to avoid the mud.
     
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    I've had a couple of HSS strats which didn't do it at all for me. I also had a couple of Les Paul Standards, the humbuckers on those were just too easy to drive into muddiness.

    I picked up a cheap Les Paul Studio a few years back that has burstbucker pickups, I finally got the humbucker sound I wanted. Great sustain and tone without the muddy tone.

    Still prefer single coil strats however :)
     
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    Hmmmm, let's see:

    Ibanez RG guitars with humbuckers, check.
    Gibson Les Pauls with humbuckers, check.
    .strandberg* Boden guitars with humbuckers, check.
    Fender Teles with neck humbuckers, check.

    i even have a Warwick Corvette bass that sports a couple of humbuckers:


    Also, P-Basses have a split coil humbucking pickup, and Jazz Bass pickups are humbucking when both are fully engaged, iirc.

    Yeah, i guess i do have some humbucking pickup love going on.

    At the moment, i don't think i have any Strats with humbuckers, but i do have one with two P-90s that i really love.
     
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    Yes - those Strats with real nickel cover HBs like Seth Lovers or Pearly Gates. Why not?
     
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