Single Coil vs. Humbucker

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  1. solo1001

    solo1001 Well-Known Member

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    Hey - I really don't know how active this particular board gets. I drank too much and bought a stratocaster. It has three single coils. I've toyed with adding a humbucker in the bridge.

    In this video by the Counting Crows, I really like the guitar tone in these few little licks that Immy plays. He's using an SG with humbuckers. My strat won't sound like that right now. If I dropped a humbucker in the bridge would it help or do you think this is more the fact that it's an SG or just a really nice amp? I have a cheap boss katana but i just run it clean with a boss sd-1 and another distortion pedal.

    Edit: the time stamp won't save in here. It starts at 54:53 or so. Just those little licks after adam sings 'does she wanna run...'

     
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    IMO, you should be able to hit those with a single coil. Obv, you would need to route the cavity to fit a humbucker if you decide to go that route. They do make a single coil that acts like a humbucker and that would not require a route.
     
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    solo1001 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I can get somewhat close but it still thins out even with my gain turned up. I haven't opened it up to see if there's a swimming pool cavity or not. it's a 95-96 MIM strat. I'm not worried about it enough to route the thing myself if it needs it. If there is room for a standard sized humbucker, do you have any suggestions? I'm back in school (PhD for a non existent job market so i'm broke or i'd just go get a humbucker guitar...used to have a les paul but i had to sell it)
     
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    Shoupaloop Well-Known Member

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    That link in post #3 is a bucker that fits in a single coil spot. They have some hotter ones too (with more output) if you need. That one was $89.99.

    If you go with a fullsize bucker, you could probably get by with a drill and a chisel (might not be the prettiest, but the pickguard should cover it up.
     
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