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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Seeking Bridge Humbucker suggestions for a Vintage style Strat

Viera
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Feb 28th, 2015 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Specifically for my Jimmie Vaughan Strat. Looking for a standard sized HB with fairly low output and a "PAF" type sound.

I plan to keep the CS69s' currently in the neck & middle positions. Coil splitting would be nice, but not essential. FWIW, I liked the Fender DH-1 HBs that use to come in the Amer Deluxe Strats.

Thanks in advance for your comments, if any. :-)

mrfix

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Feb 28th, 2015 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the DH1. It has a nice clean sound and it also overdrives very well. Your Vaughan Strat body is routed for a full size humbucker, all you need is a new pickguard. If the 69's and split coil are not noise cancelling in the #2 switch position, change the split switching from ground to output, to make it noise canceling.

(This message was last edited by mrfix at 06:58 PM, Feb 28th, 2015)

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Feb 28th, 2015 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the split coil tip mrfix. I did check under the "hood" earlier today and was pleased to see that the JV is routed for a full size bridge (& neck) HB. I am leaning towards going with a DH1, or Diamondback, or whatever they're called these days.

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Feb 28th, 2015 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Why not a Duncan Li'l 59 in the bridge position?

You can use the stock pickguard because the Duncan fits right

in there.

Viera
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Feb 28th, 2015 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Why not a Duncan Li'l 59 in the bridge position?"

Good suggestion as usual Mr. Peegoo. I considered that. I do have some experience with single coil sized humbuckers. I had a Dimarzio Tone Zone in a Strat a few years ago. It rocked, but not quite like a full sized HB.

Actually, the current bridge pup, a Fender Hot Vintage Noiseless, is pretty dang good. I'm thinking of putting it in the middle position. I just miss having a Strat with a full sized bridge HB.


L. Nedmundo

Philadelphia

Mar 12th, 2015 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder whether you can get one of the new "Shawbucker" pickups, which are in the Am. Std. HSS Strats this year. It's designed to be relatively low output to get along better with single coils, and supposedly has a vintage PAF type of tone. I saw a video demo, and was impressed with the tone, but I haven't been able to find a new HSS in a shop yet.

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Mar 12th, 2015 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the Fender DH-1 humbucker, its very versatile. Of course the Seymour Duncan JB is great too.

I have a Pearly Gates Plus in the bridge of one of my Strats and its nice too.

For single coil-sized humbuckers, the Duncan Lil '59 and the JB Jr. are both really good.

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Mar 12th, 2015 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

L. Nedmundo - I'm also intrigued with the Shawbuckers, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for them to become available.

5Strats - Thanks for the input. If anyone around here knows their HSS Strats it's you. I'm leaning towards the DH-1/Diamondback. Stay tuned.

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Mar 23rd, 2015 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I decided to go with the DH-1/Diamondback. Just ordered it through MF. I also have a pickguard (HSS in parchment) on the way from Warmoth. It will probably be about a month before the Strat is ready to go with the new hardware. I think I'm gonna like it.

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Apr 30th, 2015 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, the DH-1/Diamondback was installed a few weeks ago. I also had the CS-69 that was in the middle position replaced with the Fender Hot Noiseless that was in the bridge position.

I can't believe that I went as long as I did (several years) without a Strat with a full sized bridge HB. This thing Rocks and also sounds great clean. If I were in a gigging band, this would be my main axe.

There's a couple of pics in my profile.

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Apr 30th, 2015 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Outstanding. A humbucker in a Strat or Tele bridge position has a more taught, wiry tone than in a shorter-scale guitar. It really cuts through.

Power Trio

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May 1st, 2015 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

imo you cant beat a Duncan 59.
I have on in my HSS and coil spit too.
Pairs off nice with vintage spec'd SC's and takes pedals very well

mr.gibson

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May 2nd, 2015 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Elliott Randall on his Reeling In The Years solo:


""What rig did you use to record it?""

""That was my ’63 Fender Stratocaster with a PAF humbucker in the neck position, straight into an Ampeg SVT bass amp. The SVT wouldn’t have been my first choice for an amp—or even my fifth choice—but that Strat is still my go-to guitar that I use about 98 percent of the time.""

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May 3rd, 2015 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My absolute favorite humbucker when using distortion is a Duncan Strat Hot Rails.

I have them in my 68 Tele (disguised to look like a standard Tele pickup) and in my favorite parts Strat.

I also use series/parallel push pull switches. In series you get the mid focused humbucker tone, and in parallel it's very close to Fender single coil tone...close enough for me.

I actually prefer the more focused window of single coil sized humbuckers.

The Hot Rails in my Tele is a Strat pickup. I cut the mounting flanges off and glued the pickup to a Tele bass plate. I like the Strat Hot Rails a little better than the Tele model. The specs are a little different.

With the right height adjustment, it gets along with the other pickups in both guitars.

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May 4th, 2015 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I actually prefer the more focused window of single coil sized humbuckers."

I was tempted to go that route, but I'm very pleased with the choice I made. At least on this particular Strat the DH-1 is focused enough while also doing the fat full sized humbucker thing really well.

It was a little bass boomy at first. Lowering the pup in the bass side took care of that.

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