Fat 50s, 57/62, SSL5 - SSL1, or...?

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  1. Susi77

    Susi77 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm writing this post because I need your advice. I am trying my hand at a project and I hope to assemble the stratocaster of my dreams. :)
    The advice I need is about pickups. With this guitar I wish I could play a little bit of everything (not metal, but blues, classic rock and maybe something a little more pushed). The problem is that, on cleans, especially in the neck, I love the vintage strat sound.
    Maybe it's difficult to obtain, but ultimately I would like a vintage sound but also a guitar that gives me some versatility (especially in the bridge). However, I would like an SSS configuration.

    My options, at the moment, are the following:

    1) three '57 / '62s. I love their clean sound, but I'm afraid they aren't that versatile...
    2) CS Fat 50s. Maybe more versatile than the 57/62, but lose some of the twang? (just asking...)
    3) Seymour Duncan SSL5 / SSL1 (RWRP) / SSL1 with a mini switch to activate the neck pickup in all positions. I admit that this is the option that perhaps convinces me the most, but I have never had the opportunity to listen to this pickup configuration sufficiently, so I am not at all sure of the choice.

    I am obviously open to any other suggestions you have, also outside of these three options.

    Perhaps some other information may be useful: the neck will be a genuine fender in roasted maple with pau ferro fretboard and the wood of the body will be swamp ash.

    Thank you very much in advance for your opinions. Let me know if I inserted the post in the correct forum. If not, I can move it.

    Thanks!
    Susanna
     
  2. bam-boozle

    bam-boozle Strat-Talk Member

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    I’ve only tried the pure vintage 59’s

    good pickups
     
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    Susi77 Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you very much! :) What about the versatilty? How is the bridge sound when distorted?
     
  4. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Strat-Talker

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    Ssl1’s with a 7 way set up are magnificent.

    Believe 920d shop is still building fully loaded rigs.

    You could swap in a SSL 3 or 5 in bridge as needed. You likely won’t…
     
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    Susi77 Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you! The 920d's loaded pickguard is exactly what I had in mind :)
     
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    Another vote for the ssl-1. I have them with the blender mod I love them
     
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    Thank you! :)
     
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    In fact, I really had in mind to put an SSL-5 in the bridge. Would you put an SSL-1 also there?
     
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    Anything is versatile with the right od pedals infront of the amp....if you want them singles pushed they ll be pushed believe me and cut through like nobodys business....now my personal recommendation is 57/62..such a great stratty set that is clean and clear which is my preference when you get things pushed with extra overdrive pedals and volume cause you get the defined but ballsy sound.

    I would personally prefer though the dimarzio area noiseless ones that are basically the 57/62 in noiseless form...give them a listen cause they touch all the bases.....if you wire the second pot as a blender one then you can mix and match them at will and have an ever greater variety of tones....versatility personified.

    Basically what iam saying though is check sets that have more clarity vs sets that are overwound....see which ones you like best when they get driven hard....you might like the overwound ones but you might be surprised that the sound you prefer are actually the quieter ones driven very hard......
     
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    Suggest start with the 920d Seymour Duncan ssl1 rig. You could always ez pz pop in a ssl3/5 and sell off the ssl1 bridge.
     
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    I'm partial to the SSL-1, as I have all three in mine. A fair number of people use the SSL-5/1/1 configuration, as you have above. I never mixed them, but I've played a ful set of 5s, and they do push.
    And I have a small switch for the neck, when in the bridge/mid or bridge position; almost like a tele with both pups. You could also try adding a phase switch for the neck. Very weak clean tone, I admit, but gives you an interesting cutting lead tone with high gain sound.
    HTH a bit. And welcome to the forum.
     
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    Probably better than an SSL-3: not as dark.
     
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    hard to beat the 57/62
     
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    Thanks for the tips! I don't know why I hadn't considered dimarzios. Maybe because I've always associated them with a more modern sound, probably because I don't know them well :) I will listen to them.
     
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    Thank you! :D
     
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    I have SSL-5t's in one of my Strats, the "t" denotes that the pickup can be "tapped" meaning 1 of the 2 coils can be taken out of the circuit for a more vintage type of sound.
    Might be worth considering.
     
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    Thank you, I will listen also to the SSL-3, but indeed I'm more oriented towards SSL-5.
     
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    ahh man it just sounds like a distorted strat bridge lol. To my ears there is cheap ceramic pickups and then there is everything else that is kind of all the same to me. No help I know
     
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