FDP Forum / What are best single coil size HUMBUCKERS?/ 5 messages in thread.

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Kansas City, Mo.

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

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


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Chain Smokin'

Gas Station Attendant
Jan 3rd, 2016 04:42 PM        

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).<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> But they are dead quiet in humbucking mode and make very usable tones.



Jan 4th, 2016 09:01 AM        

"Humbucker" can take on several meanings, so IMO you need to be clear.<br /> <br /> It can mean noise cancelling. It can also refer to a type of sound or tone. It can also refer to more output.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Correct?<br />

Steve Dallman

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Merrill, Wisconsin

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

My favorite single coil sized humbucker for the bridge position is a Duncan Hot Rails, with a push pull series/Parallel switch. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> In parallel, it's close enough to Fender bright for me. Plus it remains humbucking. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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        

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

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