Hot Rails

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  1. Thunderhopkins8

    Thunderhopkins8 Senior Stratmaster

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    Anyone have any experience with those in a squier?
     
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    RL21980 Senior Stratmaster

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    Nope!
     
  3. ibdrkn1

    ibdrkn1 Senior Stratmaster

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    In a Squier specifically? No. In a Strat? Yes.

    IMO these pickups are too hot for my taste. I prefer the Lil 59's (bridge only, and single coils in neck/mid).

    I guess it depends on what you want to use them for. If your into the harder music and want to push the front of your amps/Pedals then they'd be good. They give decent thick overdrives.

    If you want a Strat sound without hum I'd pass.

    Of course that's just my experience and for all I know I'm using them wrong. Before I ditch mine I should wire them up in parallel to see if that's a better compromise.

     
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  4. Engine Swap

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    Yep - if you want major overdrive, they are great. I used one for 20 years. Forget about using it in combo with your other pickups, even when split.
     
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  5. Thunderhopkins8

    Thunderhopkins8 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have watched some demos of them and they seem to have a huge tone
     
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  6. Chipss36

    Chipss36 Strat-O-Master

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    I do not run hot rails but have ran every dimarzio blade type made.

    they work well for shredder style guitars.

    with coil cuts can be surprisingly , very versatile.

    Would not be my choice for vintage strat tones, but work well in a super strat style guitar. My favorites all had very low output compared to the ones with higher output.
    Fast track, satch track and cruiser, made my top 3.
     
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    Had x3 of them in the Dave Murray Strat.

    Absolutely loved them but I play pretty much nothing but rock/metal so they suited me perfectly.

    My favourite pickups.
     
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  8. Higgins1980

    Higgins1980 Strat-O-Master

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    I bought a squier hot rails strat years ago. It was and still is total rubbish. The trem pivot pins sheared off and the electronics sounded terrible. I’m currently building a partscaster out of it.
     
  9. ThreeChordWonder

    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    What he said but I have a pair in a DIY Tele.

    They ain't subtle, that's for sure!

     
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    WelhavenT Senior Stratmaster

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    I have them in my Dave Murray-inspired strat. At first they sounded a bit harsh. I had to remove some wood underneath the pickups so I was able to lower them as much as I liked, and I also changed the pots to VIPots 550k. Now I think they sounds awesome.
     
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    Absolutely Love my inverted hotrail in the bridge position

    DK 22.jpg
     
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    Textele Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    In the right guitar they can be really great for heavy music.

    I used one for several years, but that huge midrange can be a chore to tame at times.

    The little 59 seems to handle gain just as well and is way more balanced.
     
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    I love that guitar!
     
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  14. Engine Swap

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    Yes, they do. Would be my first choice for heavy overdrive/strat bridge.