Best Superstrat pickup arrangement for metal?

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  1. Bill Hicklin

    Bill Hicklin Senior Member

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    A friend of my son's, a metal player, has asked me to do a Superstrat conversion of a stock MIM. How many humbuckers, and positioned where, work best?
     
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    The Refugee Senior Member

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    Depends what kind of metal he is going for. EMG 81 for the bridge has a sound a lot of modern metal guitarists seem to go for, not a lot can beat a Dimarzio Super Distortion for 80's type stuff though.
     
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    tzd Senior Member

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    The easiest and quickest would be to put a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails in the bridge and be done with it. The other pickups are inconsequential, you can leave them on to use for clean tones. I've tried Triple Rails and they all sound similar in the three positions, so it's no point doing that.
     
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    H/H layout is probably the defacto, did I spell that right :hmm:, for metal. Almost an endless variety of pickups for metal. JB/Jazz or JB/59 are a rather common combination for Charvel and Jackson guitars.
     
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    ivan H Member

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    Or Duncan Distortions. Cheers
     
  6. marksoundguitars

    marksoundguitars Chief Paint Sniffer

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    Like this, right here.

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    If he's gonna play loud with heavy distortion (and who wouldn't?) I'd start with the hottest, nastiest ceramic POS cheapo humbucker I could find. If he likes it, WIN. If not, no big deal.
     
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    Jeremiah The Worst Premium Member

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    Superstart Conversion to me would either me a SSH or a HSH configuration.
     
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    Zoobiedood Senior Member

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    Modern metal? A Pegasus/Sentient combo.
    Classic Metal? A JB (or Custom)/Jazz combo.
     
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    Rhust Senior Member

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    H/H or HSH (coil splitting) - I have seen a lot of people put a single coil sized HB in the neck, too, and keep a HSS config... no getting out of a full sized HB in the bridge imo

    my favorite pairings are:
    SD Screamin' demon + 59
    Entwistle dark star ND set (or HDN neck if they want a cleaner neck option)
    Dimebucker set (Dime + 59)
    EMG 81/60 (het set) which is also what Jim root uses.


    I've used all of these. and they all work... right now my charvel is using the demon and a bill lawrence L500 (sorta like dime's bridge pickup, but in the neck position)
     
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    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    +1 on depends on kind of Metal.

    The Seymour Duncan Dave Murray Loaded Pickguard might be worth a look.
     
  11. Zoobiedood

    Zoobiedood Senior Member

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    The Everything Axe pickguard is also a good choice, especially for classic metal.
     

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