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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Duncan Distortion or Pearly Gates in a Stratocaster ?

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Memphis, TN

Feb 5th, 2016 07:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just fiddling around with a Black and Chrome HSS Stratocaster last night and threw in a Duncan Distortion to replace the stock humbucker.

Its not F- spaced but still was an awful lot of fun and a heck of an improvement on the stock Fender humbucker.

Wondering what you good folks take on a Pearly Gates in the bridge vs the Distortion would be ?

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Feb 5th, 2016 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

The PG is a bit more "tame" than the D model.

If you have an amp that is sensitive to input level, the PG will give you a broader palette of clean-to-crunch (smoother transition) because of its lower power.

Hotter pickups into a sensitive amp tend to go from clean to crunch very fast and are not as easy to control.

Polepiece spacing is not as critical as some people would have you believe. Through the late 1950s and all through the 1960s--and early 70s too--Fender players were dropping Gibson humbuckers into their Strats and Teles, and nobody was griping about 'bad tone'.

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