Sign Up. Metal pickups for strat. Discussion in 'Backline' started by korpse pop, May 3, 2010. Page 1 of 2 I have a MIM Fender maple/alder strat with stock single coils, the guitar plays so good I'd like to use it some metal stuff as well, so I need to replace the bridge pickup. What are your recommendations, would a SD Hot Rails sound heavy enough for some low tuned riffs? Or do I need to buy a new pickguard and a full size humbucker? I'm not aiming for 80's hard rock tone or Iron Maiden, but rather a thick modern tone and some sludgy stoner metal goodness too. I would probably use tunings ranging from Eb to drop C. I use mostly VST amp sims and occasionally Marshall JCM 800. So, wh .
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).
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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! Share this post: Songsimian.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
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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!!
Hi, today I want to ask for help. I play guitar as a hobby, and I want a drop a# or drop b guitar. I was planning in selling my fender strat aerodyne to buy a more rocker guitar. But then I realized that my black aerodyne looks amazing and could be a full rocker guitar.
But I know that a pickup change is needed. The quedtion is: what pickups to use? Active pickups? Passive dimarzios? Passive duncans? Lace sensors? Help is needed. Thanks. The new Duncan YJM's sound really good clean to mean. I also like the Lace Sensor Holy grails, they are a do all pickup as well with nice quacky inbetween positions. I'm sure others will chime in with many others.
Duncan rails are nice but sound more like a bucker than a single coil. I feel the YJM's and the Holy Grails retain a Strat sound better than most. For the money the GFS Lil' Killers aren't bad.
But that said, I do agree with those who say that to REALLY get there, a full sized humbucker in the bridge position is the best. Also, to go all the way down to drop-b you are probably going to want to go to a very heavy gauge string set like these: Even at that you may need to raise your action to keep the strings from flapping loose in the wind and buzzing all over.
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