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    Suggestions for HB in the Bridge

    Since getting my new Am Standard Strat a few weeks back I realized that between that and my 03 Squier Standard Strat I have basically the same guitar. Sort of.
    I was thinking of installing a humbucker of some kind to make the guitars a little different and give me a reason to play the Squier.

    Any suggestions? I know Fender puts Pearly Gates in their upper end Strats but I think that may be too much pup for the Squier's single coils.

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    this one is out of my league, Randy!

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    I put RioGrande Tallboys in my MIM. Pretty hot for single coils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etechstan View Post
    I put RioGrande Tallboys in my MIM. Pretty hot for single coils.
    Thanks Stan. I'll have to look them up.
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    You may want to look at the mini hb's that are the same size as single coils.

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    I've got a single coil-sized Artec Alnico 5 Hot Rail blade pickup in the bridge of one of my Tele's. It's set up with a 250K no-load pot as a variable coil tap. Really decent humbucker sound and does a fairly convincing job as a single coil when needed. It was cheap....about 30.00 on eBay. If I was doing this in a Strat, I'd convert the first tone knob to a master tone and use the second tone knob position for the coil tap. Kind of gives you the best of both worlds.
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    I put a SC-sized Dragonfire rails pickup in my #1 Tele and couldn't be happier. I've rotated a number of pups in & out of that guitar, and this is the first one that I really feel like is a keeper (didn't care for the SD Lil '59 at all). It too came in around the 30-buck range.
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    If I was to do the MIM over again or if I ever feel like getting into modding again, I would definitely go with HotRails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teleblooz View Post
    I put a SC-sized Dragonfire rails pickup in my #1 Tele and couldn't be happier. I've rotated a number of pups in & out of that guitar, and this is the first one that I really feel like is a keeper (didn't care for the SD Lil '59 at all). It too came in around the 30-buck range.
    Did the SD Lil '59 seem kind of muddy in the midrange Teleblooz? I've noticed comments about them online.

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    I have a DiMarzio PAF Pro in my Fernandes Strat's bridge and it compliments the stock SC P'ups very well. It records very well.

    As for a rail pickup, I have a Chopper-T humbuckers in 2 of my Teles-they are well balanced with the Alnico neck single coils. The Chopper-T is also a DiMarzio.

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