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    I recently purchased a new American Special Strat and I love it. It's got a stock humbucker in the bridge position and I'll soon be swapping it out.
    I'm doing some research on what might be the best replacement.
    I play a mostly classic hard rock style, so I need something that will give me plenty of crunch, but will clean up when I roll the volume knob back.
    I have a great sound with my 1991 Les Paul Studio (490, 498 pups) and 1990 JSM 900. (EL34s) I don't expect that same sound from the Strat, but I need a bit more output than the stock Atomic humbucker that came with the guitar.
    I've heard good things about Dimarzio Super Distortions and Mo' Joe pickups. What suggestions do you all have?

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    I tried the Tone Zone, Air Zone, and Norton in the bridge of one of my super strats. I prefered the Norton of all of them as it's low end was present but tighter than the zones and it crunched but cleaned up nicely.

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    I've read about the Nortons recently as well. I'll take a closer look. Thanks.
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    Dimarzio all the way. I like the tone zone, but you really need a guitar with a maple top for it to sound right. Maybe try a D-Sonic or a Steve's Special. I really like those too.

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    Hunt down some PRS Tremonti pickups (all over eBay). I have just dropped a set in my Gibson MIII and i really like them, they're agressive when you want them to be but when you back the volume pot off they clean up real nice.
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    The Tone Zone will instantly give more bottom end to your sound.
    It's what I used in the bridge when I built "Gums" the toothless cousin of Ed's "Shark." to compensate for the wood missing near the bridge. Don't let the name fool you; this guitar's tone is full of teeth!

    It did what I needed. Sounds every bit as full and rounded as any Gibson I've owned. but not with over the top gain. It rolls off nicely, and responds well to your touch.
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    I should also recomend my all time favourite pickup...Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates. I have it isntalled in 6 of my guitars including a Floyd equiped Strat, it's got quite a 'bright' tone and not overly hot or aggressive but real smooth with great harmonics.
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    Have a look at this site !! Amazing p- ups , single coil , or humbuckers !! Vintage or modern .

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    Duncan JB. This is a pup that really does it all! I get a great EVH tone and many others, jake e lee,warren demartini,jerry cantrell,steve stevens,ty tabor,frank gambale,marty friedman all of which use or did use the JB at one point in thier guitars..
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    Get the Fender EVH Frankie humbucker. . .or something very similar would be the Duncan Custom Custom. Both have an alnico 2 magnet to cop that VH kind of tone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jape Man View Post
    Get the Fender EVH Frankie humbucker. . .or something very similar would be the Duncan Custom Custom. Both have an alnico 2 magnet to cop that VH kind of tone.
    Yep, I got the EVH Frankenstein humbucker for my Charvel So Cal, and I'm very, very happy with it. It's a distinctive sound, though, and might not be to everyone's taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charvel2 View Post
    Yep, I got the EVH Frankenstein humbucker for my Charvel So Cal, and I'm very, very happy with it. It's a distinctive sound, though, and might not be to everyone's taste.
    I was wanting to try that on a San Dimas. Did you hardmount it?

    Did the SoCal have a 250k pot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arson View Post
    I was wanting to try that on a San Dimas. Did you hardmount it?

    Did the SoCal have a 250k pot?
    The So Cal has a pickguard, so it's mounted on that, paired with a Duncan 59 in the neck position (which the San Dimas comes with as standard, right?). It has a 500k pot, as I'd expect with a humbucker equipped guitar. My So Cal had Dimarzio Tone Zone and Evolution pups installed, which I didn't care for. Too high output for my tastes. I replaced them with a pair of Bare Knuckle Rebel Yells, but they were a little too fat sounding for me. The EVH/59 combo seems to have hit the mark for me now.

    I also just installed a GFS VEH humbucker in my beat up old Strat, turning it into a sort-of VHI Frankie-style guitar. It sounds fantastic considering it cost less than half of what a Duncan costs in the US, and about a third of what one costs here. It's rated much lower in output than the EVH, but it sounds almost as hot. It doesn't have he complexity of the EVH, but then it' a fifth of the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charvel2 View Post
    The So Cal has a pickguard, so it's mounted on that, paired with a Duncan 59 in the neck position (which the San Dimas comes with as standard, right?). It has a 500k pot, as I'd expect with a humbucker equipped guitar. My So Cal had Dimarzio Tone Zone and Evolution pups installed, which I didn't care for. Too high output for my tastes. I replaced them with a pair of Bare Knuckle Rebel Yells, but they were a little too fat sounding for me. The EVH/59 combo seems to have hit the mark for me now.
    Yes, the 2h San Dimas has a '59 in the neck. I'm tempted to drop a EVH in the bridge. I also have a flat black San Dimas as well and that one has a single JB hardmounted. Still haven't decided which will get the EVH.

    Thanks for the input...I haven't heard a EVH in person on the Charvels. I am happy with the JB but...

    I could swear that my pot is a 250k...never tested it though so I could be wrong.

 

 

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