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  1. BuffaloHound

    BuffaloHound Strat-Talker

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    I own some Strats and a couple acoustics. But I plan to buy a guitar with two humbuckers in the near future. I haven’t had a chance to play many humbucker pickups, but I’ll be borrowing a Epiphone Les Paul Plus from a friend in a couple days. And I will play some Fender Jags (probably Vintura) and Epiphone (or maybe Gibson) Les Pauls and SGs at my local guitar dispensary. However, I never get comfortable with an instrument at a guitar store. Does anyone have an insights on the differences in sound between the forementioned guitars.
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  2. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    LP and SG will sound different ... like the difference between a Strat neck and middle pickup change because of the 24 frets pushing the SG neck pickup back. Jags have single and/or humbucker mixed.

    Find a PRS SE 22 to test instead of the LP/SG. Get that used under $400. Get a Jaguar or Jazzmaster if you want an offset.

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  3. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    You could always stick a single coil sized humbucker or two in a Strat. They work well.

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  4. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I’ve owned 4 Les Pauls and sold every one of them. Bought a PRS Custom 22 in November and my humbucker search ended.
     
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  5. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I absolutely love SG's.
    You'll just have to try different ones. If you play and SG, make sure you spend some time around the 12th fret +/- a couple to test for dead notes, especially if it has the early 60's neck joint (like a lot of the new Epi's do) . It will allow for unrivalled upper fret access but the long unsupported neck can cause some resonance issues.
    Did I mentions that I love SG's?
     
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  6. Stratwrangler

    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    @Cerb beat me to it , but try the new Epiphone range if you can also try something with p90s if your after a sound a bit thicker than a strat but still with clarity and bite.
     
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  7. Michael919

    Michael919 Senior Stratmaster

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    A Dimarzio Chopper or Fast Track 2, with a 500k volume pot and you may find what you are looking for.

    A Strat will never sound like an LP or SG because of the scale length, material and construction differences, but you can close the gap.


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  8. Martins Strat

    Martins Strat Strat-Talker

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    It’ll be an interesting transition for you. If you’re used to single coils you might find some humbuckers a little muddy. I found it difficult getting a decent sound out of them using the same setup as I use with my Strat, you might need to use different pedals with a humbucker equipped guitar to optimise the sound. I got bored trying to get a sound I was looking for and went back to using single coils only, lots of other people love the variety though.
    I would say don’t get sucked into the brand name thing, I had an Epi les paul that I loved but I sold it to buy a Gibson Les Paul tribute, it didn’t play as well as the Epi and I wish I’d kept that instead.
    If I were looking for a humbucker guitar now I’d head straight to a PRS.
     
  9. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Most Honored Senior Member

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    I beat that hunt as already suggested by putting a humbucker in the bridge position of my Strat.
    Les Pauls, Jags, SGs all have there own magic and sound different.
     
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  10. fenderkev

    fenderkev Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've owned Les Pauls, SG's, and ES335's, but always ended up back with a Strat because I love how comfortable they are, and also the Fender neck is the best there is for me. I'm with @Triple Jim, and @Michael919, on the Strat size humbucker route. It's a very easy fix if you want humbucker tones in a Strat.

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  11. CGHguitars

    CGHguitars Strat-O-Master

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    Also owned and sold multiple LP’s. Just couldn’t get the tones in my head out of them. Had and sold two PRS’s that I loved, but had to sell for financial reasons.
    finally just got another PRS, and it is incredible. I think a player used to single coil sounds will do far better with PRS than with a Les Paul, and maybe better than Gibson overall. amazing playability, and as much clarity as you want. Killer fat blues tones if you want those.
     
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