What are your favorite single coils for blues?

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  1. SurfsUp

    SurfsUp Senior Stratmaster

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    The Lace Sensor Blue in my 1993 Plus Deluxe (neck) is silky, smoky & smooth. Perfect for a dimly lit room and blues music.
    It's like a fine Scotch.

    IMHO
     
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    At various times in may have moved between the neck and middle positions, and between the maple and rosewood Strats.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Noiseless - Check out Seymour Duncan Classic Stacks 4+ - they are an awesome set and sound soooo close to true singles. Also as others have mentioned Lace Golds are great as well

    true singles: can’t go wrong with CS 69’s or SSL 1’s for blues. But any vintage voiced pickup will nail the tones.
     
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    Censport Strat-Talk Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    That's some fine playing.
     
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    SalvorHardin Strat-Talker

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    At the risk of inflaming the haters, to quote the guy that introduces the SD sample pup sounds: The SSL-5 is a "big bluesy strat." That's one thing those things could do.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Absolutely
     
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    jbylake Regular Dude Silver Member

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    I think it has to do a lot to do with the type of blues you're playing the most. Even though you might not find one that sounded bad for the blues, just pulling anything off of the hangers at the guitar shop, may not have the pickups that sound really good for the blues, also. A shredder, or Hard Core "Death Metal" pickup, while you can surely play the blues on a guitar made to get those tones, they might not be the best suited, if you're going to use it exclusively, or mostly for doing blues. Next, a few pedals, depending on taste and your amp might help your guitar getting that really round fat blues tones. There's only a couple of routes to go I think, play blues on what you have, or experiment with different pickups, pedal(or none) and amps.
     
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  8. surfnturf

    surfnturf Strat-Talker

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    Any vintage-wound alnico strat neck pickup will do!
     
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    I have these in my three SSS strats, and and I love them all:

    1. Duncan SSL1. Classic vintage strat tone. Great for Buddy Guy sounds.

    2. Custom Shop Texas Specials. The ones that used to come in USA American Specials. Little hotter, but still nice and gnarly.

    3. Noiseless single coils that come stock in the Jeff Beck artist strat. These sound great through a Marshall. Much fuller sounding than the two above, but still sounds like a strat.
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Look into Wilde L280S. I've used these for over 10 years and they are an excellent noiseless pickup. You might consider the L280S neck and middle with an L290SL in the bridge.

    https://www.wildepickups.com/blogs/news/tagged/l290sl
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    re: #3 above. Those are the Hot Noiseless, I think, that come in the Beck Strat. Did you install these in a Strat other than a Beck Strat ? They are a taller pickup than typical and I have wondered if they would require additional routing to increase the depth of typical Strat pickup cavities to allow room for adjustment other than very close to the strings.
     
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    The two I have tried work well enough:

    SD SSL-1
    Lace Sensor Holy Grail.

    The Lace are ace.
     
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    Lace Sensor Blue (neck position on the Warmoth Tele in my avatar picture.). Like it so well I put one in the neck position of my Warmoth Strat, too.
     
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    The neck pickup.
     
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    I have these in my jeff beck strat, so I haven’t tried to install them in anything else. However, even in my jeff beck strat, they’re really crammed in. If i try to lower them too much, the screws start to come up from the pickguard. I keep them high anyway so it’s not a problem for me, but i suspect that additional routing might be required for some strats.
     
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    Did you happen to take any measurements on these? I have a guitar That would benefit from taller.
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Copied from : https://www.stratcat.biz/5004.shtml#

    "These pickups (Fender Hot Noiseless) require a bodies pickup routing depth of 3/4". Vintage 5/8" depth routings may present issues with the pickups bottoming out in the routings and not allowing the pickups to be lowered to a level you may desire for your pickup to string height setup."
     
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    Thanks,
     
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    That's what Freddy King and Muddy Waters used.
     
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    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    I don't know, I was in the GC in Round Rock a few years back, playing some swing type blues. DRRI. The guitar I was using was a Hello Kitty guitar. Yea, a pink one. Guy who worked there came by, said "I didn't know that guitar could sound so good".

    Now, I wouldn't play one on a gig - unless you paid me extra, then I'd be all over it. I'd be hard pressed to find a guitar I Couldn't play some blues on.