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Strat Single Coils in Gibson Les Paul?

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by MadManc95, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. MadManc95

    MadManc95 Strat-O-Master

    Nov 18, 2013
    Salford, UK
    Why isn't this done? I think it is really good - you get all the wonderful characteristics of a single coil, but with more thud and sustain. I'm thinking about buying a Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute and putting some seymour duncan alnico II single coils in. People are always putting humbuckers in strats, so why not put single coils in les pauls? I find that humbuckers in les pauls can be muddy, and single coils in strats can be too harsh and thin.

    What do you think?

  2. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 7, 2009
    austin texas
    Frank Marino used to put Strat pickups in his SGs.

  3. sevycat

    sevycat Custom Shop Cat Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 8, 2008
    Newark, DE
    What about the Les Pauls with the P 90, isn't that a single coil version?

  4. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Because it would be difficult to make the Strat pickups fit into the holes routed for humbuckers, & it would look dreadful. If you butcher a Strat to make it take a humbucker, you can cover the mess up with the plastic scratchplate. You don't have that same option on a Les Paul. Even if you tried to fit a scratchplate, the carved top would make it virtually impossible.

  5. flynnstone

    flynnstone Strat-O-Master

    Oct 28, 2013
    I'd try the epiphone sg 310 full pickguard youd have to make or try to find a solid pickguard and cut your own holes for the pups but these play really nice . I have one that I put push pulls on both tone pots to split the coils it sounds great as a single coil I even considered adding a single coil in the middle super strat style and then still be able to split the buckers when I want .

  6. colchar

    colchar Senior Stratmaster

    How, exactly, are you going to fit single coils into the routes in the body?

    As for humbuckers being muddy - not if you have the right caps, pots, and pickups.

  7. MadManc95

    MadManc95 Strat-O-Master

    Nov 18, 2013
    Salford, UK
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  8. RockerXDX

    RockerXDX Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 22, 2013

  9. gonzo

    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 4, 2009
    kinda defeats the purpose of the build style of a paul.

    there are better builds that make more out of single coils.

    i mean, ANYTHING can be done...
    but should it?

    it's all been tried before, there are very few pros that ever decided a single coil sounded good in a paul...

    p-90's are a different animal.

  10. garyhoos1

    garyhoos1 Huffing n Puffing. Silver Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    North Wales and Somerset.
    A few years ago i was looking around for some bits and pieces in my local guitar shop and came across one of the above mentioned guitars,i cannot remember the price i think it was around the £230 mark brand new,after playing it,i bought it,for one single coil in a thin mahogany set neck body,the sound is different,it reminds me of an overdriven strat bridge pup,i would try one of these before butchering a Les Paul,but as they say everyman to is own.:rolleyes:

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  11. RockerXDX

    RockerXDX Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 22, 2013
    I still want one of those.. Hoping Gibson will do another reissue. Heard that the double pup ones were rocking axes, and some of the best in the decade.

  12. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Surrey, England
    Is the correct answer if you want a s/c LP. :)

  13. smitty_p

    smitty_p Strat-Talker

    Oct 7, 2010
    Yep, the P-90s are single coils and they sound great.

    But, they have a fatter sound than Strat-type singles.

  14. JasonW2617

    JasonW2617 New Member!

    Jan 26, 2017
    United States
    Gibson S1 from the 70's has three single coul pick ups.

  15. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 13, 2012
    Yngwie used to play a Flying V clone with Strat pickups, I think it was an Aria Pro II.

  16. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    You can always coil tap a humbucker. Just put a volume pot with a built-in pull switch. No routing, and you still have a humbucker for when you want to inflict rock and roll death and destruction .

  17. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    They're called P-94's.

  18. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 13, 2012