Any Strat's pre-made in SSH?(Neck Humbucker)

paulshark

New Member!
Jun 16, 2021
6
anaheim, california
So I'm a bit of a jazzer but also a sucker for the strat. Weird combo? Definitely. But anyway, I was wondering if any strats come prewired with a neck humbucker and single coils for the middle and the bridge. I was considering making this a DIY thing but I don't really have the time for that right now. Any recommendations would be great!
 

The Ballzz

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 26, 2014
2,474
LAS VEGAS , NV
@paulshark
Have you tried just the stock neck pickup of a great Strat? They can be a glorious thing that puts almost any neck humbucker to shame. And I've always been a Gibson kinda guy!
That Oughta Say Somethin'?
Gene
 

stratobiker

Senior Stratmaster
Sep 16, 2011
2,412
France
So I'm a bit of a jazzer but also a sucker for the strat. Weird combo? Definitely. But anyway, I was wondering if any strats come prewired with a neck humbucker and single coils for the middle and the bridge. I was considering making this a DIY thing but I don't really have the time for that right now. Any recommendations would be great!

The Fender ‘Big Apple’ Strat came with a pair of humbuckers.

The USA made ones were made from 97 to 01.

Lots of good info in an old thread here…
https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/any-fans-of-big-apple-strats.494422/
 

Dreamdancer

Senior Stratmaster
May 1, 2014
2,362
Greece
Just put a rail in the neck and you have your humbucker without serious modification...other than that get yourself a strat with a bathtub routed body and you can use any pickup combo your heart desires...make an sss or hss or in your case an ssh pickguard and mount your favorite electronics on them....i would get a bullet or an affinity....cut all the excess in the middle to make it a bathtub(if its not already made that way) and cut a couple of different pickguards for any pickup scheme iam interested in....
 

jvin248

Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 10, 2014
5,434
Michigan
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No production models are out there like that.
Unless you go over to Telecasters. Many SH's.

A Strat's 'number one reason for being' is the famous Strat single coil neck pickup, secondarily the #2 Quack. Those tones are not available on any other guitar without work so people buy a Strat for those tones and keep a Tele and Les Paul style around for other tone needs. The famous Guitar Trinity.

Closest is finding a loaded pickguard but you'll spend more time googling than it would take to solder one up from scratch.

My approach on a Strat: Get a regular SSS style Strat and wire it with the Armstrong Blender mod where the second tone knob blends between stock SSS and full HSH. I find it covers PAF to Hot Super Strat tones when I want but keeps all the original Strat tones, and the reason for keeping a Strat in the fleet.

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Lost Sailor

Senior Stratmaster
Aug 20, 2012
1,141
Wolf 359
Single coil hums are not as hot as a full size one.
If you want to try a cheapo chinese one, pm me -- I still have a black one and a white one. I will give one to you.
 

Justin226

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 7, 2020
1,570
Brooklyn
This came up not long ago with @Justin226, not sure if he found anything. His head's been spinning lately, Casinos and Jazzmasters everywhere he looks.
It did, and @cranky is right…I have been all over the place. When I was looking for an SSH, I couldn’t find any. I’m sure there are some floating around, but not in abundance.
 

Bill ANN

Strat-Talker
May 5, 2020
142
NJ
I have been trying to learn Jazz myself over the past few years. Personally, I think the biggest issue with strats and Jazz is the trem. My 2014 AM STD with Rosewood neck gives a great mid hump jazz tone. Biggest issue is the spongy/tone from the trem. (Its not blocked, set up to float). Single coil teles don't have a trem but are much preferred for jazz. From listening to the differences, I really think if comes down to the trem. Anyway, I hear you on wanting to use a strat, because they are so comfortable. I would also suggest a flat pick and trying different strings. The elixer poly webs 10s give a great jazz tone on my 335. I need to experiment with them on some of my other guitars.
 

GhostJam47

Strat-O-Master
Apr 21, 2021
812
Seattle
Or pop in a single coil size humbucker? Not much work involved.
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I play mostly jazz/funk type stuff and get all the tones I need from this bad boy (2 SD lil 59ssh and a SD59 hb in the bridge). Also has a push-pull to engage the bridge so I can run all 3 pickups at once, which I often do.
 

paulshark

New Member!
Jun 16, 2021
6
anaheim, california
@paulshark
Have you tried just the stock neck pickup of a great Strat? They can be a glorious thing that puts almost any neck humbucker to shame. And I've always been a Gibson kinda guy!
That Oughta Say Somethin'?
Gene
To my ears, the warmth of a humbucker has always trumped the clear voice of a single coil in the neck. However, I love that single coil bridge sound, which is why I'm asking this question.

And to anyone who may be asking, yes, I am looking that the sterling valentine signature as a possible pickup.
 

The Ballzz

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 26, 2014
2,474
LAS VEGAS , NV
There is also an inventive way to use a 4-pole SuperSwitch to utilize the middle and neck pickup, in series as a humbucker and 500K/250 stacked volume pot to allow that 500K to get used only in the humbucker mode. Either way, you may not like even a good humbucker on a 250K volume pot, so for that you could use a 2-pole SuperSwitch to have that same pot's 500K section work only on the humbucker position. Using a 500K overall, might make the single coils a little harsh and ratty sounding. Having the right pots with the right pickups can be extremely important!
Just A Thought,
Gene
 


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