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    Ilove my Strat, but am not a fan of single-coil hum...I'm thinking of dropping humbuckers in my Strat...

    Is this a good idea?

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    It can be a fine idea, but are you going for full size humbuckers, mini humbuckers, or hum cancelling single coils? The latter will help you retain the tone of the single coils without the noise, whereas a mini-humbucker will sound much like a regular humbucker but do it in a smaller space.
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    Routing out the body for a full size humbucker will affect it's resale value as well, so if you're not worried about that, the sky's the limit on what you can throw in there.
    You'll get less noise and much more sound variation, depending on the pickup(s) you choose.

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    About 7-8 years ago I had to same problem with my Strat. I tried all the double stacked singles and was never really happy.

    I came to the conclusion that it's a strat so leave it a strat. They have a very distinctive sound and I found that changing to a double coil p/u took more then it added.

    I ended up replacing the p/u's with a combo of lace sensor and evans p/u's. It Dealt with the noise issues but kept to tone of a strat.

    These days the new fender noiseless p/u's are much better than what I did. It's all the strat tone without the noise.

    For double coil tones I just bought another guitar and left the Strat an all singles unit. If you can afford it, that's what I'd suggest.
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    Fender noiseless? Is this what I should ask for at the shop, or is there a specific brand name?

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    Yes, Fender makes what are called 'Vintage Noiseless' pickups, and they MAY have the higher output version available now. They sound like REAL single coils, without the hum. I have them in one of my Strats and I love the things. They do NOT have a full-blown humbucker sound; there are other pickups that do that.

    They will run you around $125-$150, and they come with 1 Meg pots, and an additional resistor which is NOT shown in the wiring diagram for some reason. If you go with those and install them yourself, the resistor goes across the volume pot's input/output tabs, and not to ground.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by homeunit:


    I came to the conclusion that it's a strat so leave it a strat. They have a very distinctive sound and I found that changing to a double coil p/u took more then it added.

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    Yea, but that's been done. After thinking about it, I agree with HomeUnit. You're probably going for a more agressive sound, and strats sound the way they do for a reason. It's not just the pickups. They have lower frets as well for more wood contact, and unless it's a floyd type bridge you won't get the divebombs you're after. If you just want a more agressive sound try hotrails. Like homeunit says, they won't sound like humbuckers, but unless the guitar is set up for more than just strat type of playing, humbuckers might not give you what you're after. Remember, Ed didn't just change pickups. He changed the bridge, Rewired the humbucker, and redid the frets with larger frets, as well as a couple of things we might not know about.
    I still say if you're gonna do it, then rip it apart and do it right, but don't route out a big hole just to put a pickup in that you may not like. Try some different noiseless or stacked single coils first. Then rip the shit out of it. [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

 

 

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