Best single coil pickups

best single coil pickups

I'm looking for true single coil pickups with high output that retain clarity with higher gain settings. I am aware that humbuckers suit heavier styles of music better but I adore that glassy single coil tone so please don't suggest to me that I just go with a hot rail or whatnot. I've been looking at the seymour duncan ssl-4's, anyone ever use these? Barf.

best single coil pickups

by Freebird / As far as guitar pickups go, there are usually two major groups – single-coils and humbuckers. The major difference between the two is that singe-coil models are brighter, more crisp, and more expressive, while humbuckers are thicker, fuller and somewhat less articulate. This time around, we opted to delve into the world of the first type in a bold attempt to name the best single coil pickups on the market today.

There were plenty of quality models out there, and we believe that the four models listed below are all worthy of the flattering title within their respective price range. And, after our reviews, we go into what you should look for when selecting single coil pickups.

So, let’s begin: Fender Tex-Mex Strat Pickups Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

We’ll get this thing on the move with a pair of classy traditional pickups from Fender – the Tex-Mex Strat series. It is no secret that single-coil models are frequently associated with Fender Stratocaster guitars, and these puppies fit that classic Strat vibe to a T. The product () was crafted to offer a stronger output than average, with striking middles and trebles rounded up with warm basses. This allows your guitar to cut through the mix without sounding too dry or too saturated with middles.

When it comes to specific musical styles these puppies fit the most, we’d say staple brands of hard rock music, classic rock, blues rock, and even classic heavy metal when cranked up a bit. As for specific instrument, it is very apparent from the get-go that these pickups were crafted for Fender Stratocaster guitars.

In our experience, putting them into even a budget-oriented Mexican Fender Strat delivers a surprisingly strong punch and a well-rounded sonic attack. The price tag is more than fair, making this set the best option for medium budget range. In a nutshell, if you want that classic vintage Strat sound at a good price, give Tex-Mex a spin. It just might be the perfect fit. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Taking a shift towards the more high-end and advanced pickups, we bring you Hot Rails from Seymour Duncan, a highly versatile pickup that can essentially operate both as a single-soil and humbucker device. The wiring combo that the manufacturer decided to utilize provides best of both worlds, combining the accuracy, brightness, and expressiveness of single-coils on one side with the richness and fullness of humbuckers on the other.

Thanks to those two thin blades and powerful coil windings, you will get top-level sustain and a juicy and meaty tone praised by a variety of rock and metal players in the world. Available in black or white color, the pickup brings in one feature we particularly like – it’s highly responsive.

As noted, we are looking at “best of both worlds” type of mixture, and one of the best characteristics of single-coils – the immaculate responsiveness – is very much present here. This means that the pickup will react to even the slightest changes in your playing, strumming and fretting style, allowing you to truly express the unique character and tone of your performance. We are all about musicians being unique and memorable, and this pickup will help you to fin your musical six-string voice.

All in all, this is one of the best single-coil pickups period (note, however, that this specific model we highlighted here is designed for the bridge position). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. In the budget-friendly realm, we were very careful on what to recommend since there’s plenty of cheap pickups to be found that sound so awful it’s better not to get them at all.

As a quite solid mixture of a strong sound and a cheap price, we opted for the single-coil Tele pickup by Musiclily. Crafted for the Telecaster bridge position, this two-conductor piece utilizes a ceramic magnet with a PVC-coated magnet wire and a resistance between 5k and 6k. When it comes to packaging, design and overall build quality, this thing feels cheap, of course.

Seeing that you can get it for such a low price, you should not be surprised by the plastic rubbery feel it brings, but the reason why we opted for this fella is the fact that the sound is actually pretty darn solid. It captures a strong mid-range driven attack with nice bright trebles and a decent amount of bass to round it all up. Even better, the Musiclily fella here sounds better than the vast majority of stock pickups that come with beginner guitars, making it a great solution for players looking to give their cheap newbie six-strings a nice kick to the next level.

For this price, these are easily among the best single-coil pickups for the money. DiMarzio ISCV2 Evolution Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Finally, a mid-range price option with exceptional versatility – the ISCV2 Evolution model from DiMarzio.

This pickup has shown the ability to cover just about any genre, as well as adapt to any pedal you might add to your sonic mix. So if you’re a heavy pedal user and a type of player who likes to cover a lot of styles, this is a pretty valid option. This pickup was crafted primarily to be used in combination with DiMarzio Evolution Neck and Bridge pickups, a wiring configuration made popular by guitar virtuoso . But even as a standalone item, this pickup delivers a very strong groove that covers all sonic frequencies and leaves plenty of room for expression and experimentation.

It can cut through any mix and adapt to any audio surrounding. What more can ya ask for? What to Look for When Buying the Best Coil Pickups for Guitar? The main thing to be in pursuit for and the main criteria we had in mind while searching for the best single-coil pickups were clarity and expression.

These are two main strong points of any of this type, and you should always seek clarity and brightness first. If the ability to cover a wider sonic space is added, that’s more than welcome, but clear sound and expressiveness is what stands out as most important in our book. Apart from that, we thoroughly believe that for their respective prices, each of these products is a purchase you cannot regret making. Good stuff!

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best single coil pickups

best single coil pickups - Humbuckers VS Single Coil pickups


best single coil pickups

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Tech experts from Seymour Duncan are regularly on this forum, and are clearly labeled as employees of Seymour Duncan. They are here to help. I was just wondering what you guys thought about what kind of pickups I should put in a Fender Strat (3 single coils) to be able to crank out some awesome metal tones.

I was thinking something like this: Bridge-Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Middle-Seymour Duncan Little '59er Neck-Seymour Duncan Custom Staggered The Hot Rails and the Little '59er would help me capture some of Dimebag Darrell's tones (I'm hoping anyway) but I would like to get your input. Thanks! To be honest, you're not really going to be able to capture Dime's tone with a single coil pickup. In general, single coils are a bit thin sounding by nature.

If you play mostly metal, you might want to think about selling the guitar and getting something with a bridge humbucker. Either that, or remove the pickguard and see how your Strat is routed.

If it can accept a bridge humbucker, all you'd need to do would be to get a new pickguard. I'm not saying the guitar will sound bad, I'm just saying that single coils don't really work as well as humbuckers for metal. To me, the single-coil sized humbuckers don't really sound the same as a true humbucker. Ryan Rspst is right... The singles never sound the same... just for the reason that they read a narrower width of string than humbuckers do... I have a MIJ strat that I have a DiMarzio Chopper in and it has plenty of output but doesnt have the same chunk as a humbucker...

not to say it wont do metal... just not as well in my opinion... But if this what you have to work with I think your picks should get you in the right direction "It keeps you fit - the alcohol, nasty women, sweat on stage, bad food - it's all very good for you." - Bon Scott "Let me put it this way: the 5150 will treat you better than any girlfriend, because it screams louder, it's easier to pick up, and it shuts up when you take your plug out." - Rip Glitter Thanks alot for your help guys.

I knew that single coils wouldn't have the same bulk that 'buckers have but I just wanted to know which singles work better then others for metal, which have good chunk, distortion and that kinda stuff.

I don't have the strat yet but I was just interested in doing something like this in the near future since when I think of a Fender Strat I think of classic rock ( not that there's anything wrong with classic rock) and not shredding, killer metal tone . Just want to kind of change peoples perspective on the Strat a little bit.

"It keeps you fit - the alcohol, nasty women, sweat on stage, bad food - it's all very good for you." - Bon Scott "Let me put it this way: the 5150 will treat you better than any girlfriend, because it screams louder, it's easier to pick up, and it shuts up when you take your plug out." - Rip Glitter from classic rock, to metal.

by playing metal, that still sounds like metal with a single coil sized pickup i assume this is what he means, this is only from reading his post.Hmmmm Ok Yngwie shreds with singles... Pretty low output singles at that... I can understand wanting forge ahead and do something a little different from everyone else...

The rails will still do some cool metal tones but as far as sounding like Dime... It would be a stretch to say the least. "It keeps you fit - the alcohol, nasty women, sweat on stage, bad food - it's all very good for you." - Bon Scott "Let me put it this way: the 5150 will treat you better than any girlfriend, because it screams louder, it's easier to pick up, and it shuts up when you take your plug out." - Rip Glitter I think that iw would be cool to change the way people think about strats..

To show the world that you can also play metal with them. (Which I do, but I have a h-s-h, ATM) I use a hot rails type pickup in the neck pos, an while it can do loud metal better than the single coil, it's not quite Dime-style sound. Then again, I like to use some midrange, so I don't sound like him anyways..

But take a look of Iron maiden. They have used single coil sized hummers withgood results. I'd say go for it. hey, i only said i was assuming.LOL Its all good bro... I said that cause after you posted I reread it and I think your right that was what he was trying to say But I also think it will have alot to do with the amp you use Maybe more so than the pickups...

If i plug a stock Squire into a Engl Powerball I'm willing to bet I would get a better metal tone than If i plugged in my in a Invader loaded Rhoads V into a silver face twin...

"It keeps you fit - the alcohol, nasty women, sweat on stage, bad food - it's all very good for you." - Bon Scott "Let me put it this way: the 5150 will treat you better than any girlfriend, because it screams louder, it's easier to pick up, and it shuts up when you take your plug out." - Rip Glitter I played brutal Seputura style stuff for years using a Tele with Hot Rails in both positions, it can be done on a Strat as well.(I should probably mention I was running them through an old Marshall JCM800 100 watt head with a 2-15 Showman cab which probably had someting to do with the monster sound I got.) It was quite funny to see peoples eyes bug out for a tele to be making that sound.

the hot rails and lil 59 arent single coils, thier mini humbuckers, they will do you just fine, i think all this crap that they dont sound like real buckers is bul****, they are real buckers just smaller, you will probably need to set your amp eq different to compensate, but the lil bucker pickups sound awesome, and in no way would anyone be able to spot that it was a mini bucker if i did a recording with one right now.

i have a Jb jr in my squier strat and yes its less bassy with a little less growl than the full shred in my fender strat, but with a little eq tweak i can achive very near the same tone.

also that sound difference could be the fact that my fender has higher quality and different type of wood, and its a thicker guitar, better electronics than the bottom of the range squier i have the Jb jr in. im not 100% on whether i like the lil59 in the neck of my fender strat, but i didnt like the duckbucker in there and i love it since i put it in my squier. iron maiden use Jb jr/hotrails/hotrails in thier strats, are they not metal? iron maiden & dimebag are 2 different types of metal keep in mind that john 5 uses a hotrail in his tele & gets good metal tone I'd suggest something like this metal livewire bridge hot rail middle lil '59 neck but DO NOT use high output pickups if you have a solid state amp, well you can, just, be REALLY careful.

A guy i know played ONE chord (emg 81/85 set) through a cranked mode four, and blew it up Well, Iron Maiden are different from Dime, yes..

But scoop the mids and you'll get close to Dime with most high output pickups... you need insane gain, though. I think it's more of an amp issue than a pickup issue. DHE, what kind of an amp was blown up? A small no name combo? And BigBazz, I gotta love your sig!!


best single coil pickups

I'm looking for true single coil pickups with high output that retain clarity with higher gain settings. I am aware that humbuckers suit heavier styles of music better but I adore that glassy single coil tone so please don't suggest to me that I just go with a hot rail or whatnot. I've been looking at the seymour duncan ssl-4's, anyone ever use these? Barf Fender 70's reissue strat Laney 120 mxd Morley bad horsie 2 bare knuckle pickup the sinner win thread.

Jumping on dat gear sig train. PRS Hollowbody II / BKP Warpigs Strandberg OS6T / BKP Aftermath Strandberg OS7 / Lace Poopsticks Skervesen Raptor 7FF / BKP Warpigs Skervesen Raptor 6 NTB / BKP Juggernauts Hapas Sludge 7 FF / Hapas Leviathan Anderson Baritom / Motorcity Nuke BKP Sinner Anderson H2+ Warmoth Baritone / BKP Piledriver Ibanez Rg2120x / BKP Nailbomb Blackstar ID:Core Beam I'm looking for true single coil pickups with high output that retain clarity with higher gain settings.

I am aware that humbuckers suit heavier styles of music better but I adore that glassy single coil tone so please don't suggest to me that I just go with a hot rail or whatnot. I've been looking at the seymour duncan ssl-4's, anyone ever use these?

You could always do what Yngwie does. Get quiet single coils that are hum cancelling but still have the magnetic sound of single coils. Then throw an OD infront of the amp to beef em up. An OD can do wonders for quiet lower ouput pickups. As for a high output pickup thats single coil...

the only one I honestly know of is the stuff on GFS. I dont know much about duncan single coils. I tried the Quarter Pounder (SSL4) once, was nice. Häussel Big Mag is somewhat similar, but only an option if you're located in Europe. When comparing these pups with normal single coils, you'll notice they have loads of mids and practically no treble, also poor harmonics.

They're nice for distortion, but kinda dull for cleans compared with a traditional sc. I wouldn't call them "glassy". If you want a true sc tone and more output to drive your amp harder, look into a booster.


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