fookgub Posted December 22, 2008 Report Share Posted December 22, 2008 (edited) Let me preface this with a little explanation of some terms I want to use. This stuff is very subjective, so it's nice to have a common starting point regarding terminology. Having played with more than a few pickups, I've found that practically all of the Strat-style pickups (by this I mean single coil pickups with individual polepieces and coil geometries similar to true Strat pickups) I've used have a recognizably "Strat" character. That is, regardless of the actual frequency response of the pickup, there is something about the sound that makes me say "that sounds like a Strat pickup," regardless of the magnet type or number of windings. I like to call this the "voice" of the pickup. Now, that doesn't mean that all Strat-style pickups sound the same. I've found that the higher output pickups, due the the increased inductance they usually have, tend to sound darker, having a lot more midrange and less treble. I like the bright sound of vintage-style Strat pickups, and, for lack of a better term, I'll just call that abundant treble "chime." I'm planning a SSH guitar, and, like many people, I want to have modern hard rock and vintage tones from the same guitar. My beater guitar is a SHH configuration with series/parallel switches for the humbuckers. It's got a nice variety of tones, with heavy rock sounds in series mode, and brighter/twangier tones in parallel mode. But the humbuckers don't have the Strat voice that I'm looking for. I'm planning to use a high output bridge humbucker in my new SSH guitar. This is essential to getting the kind of hard rock tones I like. Lower output humbuckers have too much treble and not enough midrange for my sound. The problem is finding single coil pickups that can balance with the hot humbucker. All the ones I've tried are too dark sounding, totally lacking the chime I want. So, based on what I learned with my beater guitar, I had an idea. What if I use high output dual-rail Strat-size humbuckers (ala DiMarzio Chopper or SD Hot Rails) with series/parallel switches? The hope is that these pickups would be a good match tonally and with regard to output for the bridge humbucker when wired in series, but would sound nice and chimey in parallel mode. Has anyone tried this? Do the dual-rail pickups retain the Strat voice, and are they indeed chimey when wired in parallel? Any comments are welcome. Edited December 22, 2008 by fookgub Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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