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Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by lineboat, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. lineboat

    lineboat Senior Stratmaster

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    Alright, I have several Classic 50’s and 60’s Strats. A few of them have different pickups, some are stock. I actually like the stick pickups for the vintage sounds, and they do pretty good with pedals. I’m wanting to change one up a little though. I’m wanting something fat in the Bridge position, maybe leave the factory neck and middle. I have and love the SSL-5, and I’m thinking something like a Lil 59, Cool Rail, something punchy and full. I like strong mids, which as I recall the Rails don’t have do they?
    Anyway, what’re y’alls suggestions?
     
  2. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    What kind of music are you playing? What amp(s)?
     
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    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    JB Jr. will fit the bill nicely but it might be a mismatch to the vintagy middle & neck you said you would keep. Only way to find out is to try a couple of bridge p/u's and see if they blend to your tastes. Seymour Duncan quarter pounder will also fit the bill too. You could also ask the forum's Bodean who makes p/u's if he can wind something special for you too. You have lots of choices!
     
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    clydethecat Strat-Talker

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    Maybe try putting a back-plate on the pickup you've got now? That should add some of the qualities you describe.
     
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    clydethecat Strat-Talker

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  6. lineboat

    lineboat Senior Stratmaster

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    I’m wanting something for some heavier rock stuff. Not that the standard vintage winds won’t do it, but just to change things up. I’m normally using a Vox or a HRD.
    I’ve used base plates, and they do make a difference. I’m looking for more though.
    I had a Strat with nothing but a JB full size in it once. A single pickup guitar with volume and tone. It was pretty awesome for rock and punk stuff. Might give that a try again.
     
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    79olympicwhite Strat-Talker

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    All good thoughts
     
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    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

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    The Cool Rails doesn't have strong mids at all. The Hot Rails does, however. So does the Hot Stack & Little 59. Thing is, there will absolutely be a mismatch in volume with the stock pickups.
     
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    Seamus OReally Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Dave, what about a Vintage Rails? The one I have in the middle position on my 3-pickup Tele sounds plenty “fat” without being wooly.
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I ran a Hot Rails through the late 80's through the 90's in my JV Squier. Fit the bill perfectly. Ran it low and it balanced fine with the stock pickups ( A5 5.5k)
     
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  11. lineboat

    lineboat Senior Stratmaster

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    That’s about where these are, upper 5k range. To be honest a volume difference isn’t a deal breaker to me, as it’s meant to be something different, but if the volume does kinda match, that’s a bonus!
     
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