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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / What are best single coil size HUMBUCKERS?

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Kansas City, Mo.

counting it all joy
Jan 3rd, 2016 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looking to fatten up a tele with humbuckers---
What is the FDP recommendation for a bridge----neck combo---

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Chain Smokin'

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Jan 3rd, 2016 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm sort of partial to Duncan's Li'l 59 and Hot Rails humbuckers. Great rock and blues pickups. Four wires and lots of circuit options. I have the 59 and HR pickups in a 7/8-size Telecaster I built a few months back (see linked pic).

These pickups are fairly hot--and not the best bet for softer whacking on the amp. If you're a jazz cat, they may be too aggressive for that stuff.

But they are dead quiet in humbucking mode and make very usable tones.

This mutant dwarf beast



Jan 4th, 2016 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Humbucker" can take on several meanings, so IMO you need to be clear.

It can mean noise cancelling. It can also refer to a type of sound or tone. It can also refer to more output.

What I sense that you are looking for is all three: Noise cancelling, more signal level, and a more "gutteral" sound with somewhat restricted high end. Essentially, you'd like a Gibson sound out of a Tele with no routing, etc.


Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Jan 14th, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

My favorite single coil sized humbucker for the bridge position is a Duncan Hot Rails, with a push pull series/Parallel switch.

In series the sound with distortion is great...more focused than a standard humbucker, due to the narrow aperture. It also plays well with the other pickups.

In parallel, it's close enough to Fender bright for me. Plus it remains humbucking.

I tried a GFS rails pickup with the same resistance spec as a Hot Rails. Much different tone...quite bright, compared to the sledgehammer mid tone of the HR. Maybe with a smaller pot it would come close.

I have a Strat Hot Rails pickup in my 68 tele (modded to work with the Tele bridge) and one in my Warmouth neck partscaster.

I've never used a Hot Rails in other positions.


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
May 15th, 2016 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been using the Duncan JB Jr.'s in my Strat's for years.

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