HSS setup? Rock/metal suggestion

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  1. Randy_Lahey

    Randy_Lahey Strat-Talker

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    I like to play 80's/90's rock/alternative/metal. Stock HSS pickups I've tried have been ok, but tbh my Epiphone LP traditional Pro 4 blows any stock Fender/Squire I've tried away. What am I missing? What pickups should I be hunting to help me get that crunch and breakup I want? Oh, and w/out spending more than the guitar lol!
     
  2. Guitarmageddon

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    You have the Alnico Classic Plus and Classic Pro pickups in there - the bridge is VERY hot like 12-14k or sometimes even higher.....it's closer to a Seymour Duncan JB pickup than anything else.....

    You just want a hot alnico V bridge pickup.....

    Most Fender HSS have low output bridge pickups to get closer to the lower output single coils volume wise....
     
  3. AcrylicSuperman

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    JB pretty much sums up everything you described. Run some ceramic single coils to compensate. 500k pots.
     
  4. nickmsmith

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    Les Pauls are the gold standard for harder rock for a reason.

    but you should be able to get in the ballpark with just about any humbucker in the strat bridge, IMO. But if you love the sound of your les Paul, maybe try to get a pickup similar to the one you have.

    also some adjustments to your amp settings might help.
     
  5. Rickey1214

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    I'm slowly putting an hss together myself pretty much looking for the same thing you are. In mine I'm throwing in a Dimarzio Tone Zone for the humbucker. Then Dimarzio Cruiser and Chopper rails for the singles. I'm pretty confident they should do the job.
     
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    Well, you can try the Duncan jb in the bridge, but it's very very bright, especially with a 500k pot. If you want that route, you will need to rewire that bridge pot to tame that baby down; then, you will be able to hang with any high output genre.

    A fender atomic humbucker is like a jb too but with more low mids; this one sounds great split but a little loose in very high gain.

    You can also go with a duncan hotrail in the bridge; that baby has huge output, but lacks sweet alnico v tone when split in position 2. Hotrail also saves you from buying an hss pickguard if you have an sss.

    I hate clean tone of ceramics, since I play alot of clean, I go with alnico, but most importantly, it's your decision. Also, texas specials can hang with any humbucker and are hot enough for breakup.
     
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    I'm going to put together a Strat that mimicks Jake E. Lee's setup with Ozzy--its HSS, and he seems to do hard rock just fine with it:

     
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    JB is safe. Or you can try Pearly Gates.
     
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    Bill and Becky Lawrence L500 XL, in the bridge
     
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    i have two setups that are working great but depends on the amp that you are going to use them with.

    first set up : Dimarzio super distortion with 2 fender SCN SC master volume 500K and master tone 250K - this setup is perfect for heavy stuff

    second setup : Vintage HB (A2 preffered) with 2 fender 50's classic SC master volume 250K and tone for the SC 250K - this set up is just perfect for classic rock cream , zepellin , AC/DC , GnR ect..

    i am using mainly my Marshall SV20 for the classic stuff and DSL5cr for the heavy stuff
     
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    Dimarzio SDS-1 single coils to balance w/the JB in the bridge...
     
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    Yip, Jake is still using the JB all these years later.

     
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    You will Get about 100 Pickup type Recommendations and All will BE Good

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    Seymour Duncan Hot Stacks in the N and M positions and a JB Trembucker in the bridge position is what I would probably do.
     
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    Im looking something like Malmstmeen -> Inspiration -> Mistreated/Anathem/all album :). Good rock but not metal.
    I have HSS (maple neck) so i need true humbucker.
    What do You think about Friedman Classic Plus? It has about 8,2k.
     
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    I have always found the JB to be harsh sounding, but like the Duncan Custom custom pickup a lot. It's just warmer, and still is a high output pickup for the bridge position. I had one on a strat for about 5 years. Very nice.