If I was using a single coil with a 500K pot, what could you all recommend I use in order to avoid a sound that would be too bright? I'm thinking something like an SSL3 or SSL5 or a QP.
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i think a pickup like the quarter pounder, or hot rails would work great with a 500k. the hot rails in my tele sounds balanced, but if it were brighter, it would be so much for versatile.
What guitar? Can't you turn the tone down?
I would have thought SSL-3 or QP, but I have no real experience with either of these so feel free to ignore me
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I don't use the tone control at all with humbuckers, occasionally with single coils. I suppose I could assign the tone control to the neck single only if I needed to.
If it's for the neck, in an HSS guitar, I'd go with one of the hotter ones like the SSL-5. I asked because I have an SSL-1 in the middle of my Jackson SL3 with master volume and tone, both 500K (JB bridge, Hot Rails neck). I like the SSL-1 a lot, but I do find it a bit sparkly unless I roll the tone back a little, and that messes with the other pickups.
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I usually use 500k's with singles because it seems to give them a touch more clarity and perceived volume. The SSl-5 will be the brightest of the bunch only because the other 2 lose more treble with the higher winds. Depending on how hot you bridge is going to be, I would go much higher than the 5 in the neck only because I think the other 2 would just be too muddy. Depends on what you want out of it for tones really.
The 5 still shouldnt be overly harsh in the neck slot unless this is a really bright axe.
I have a SSL-6 that you could try and see if it helps you decide what you really want.
I've got a parts Strat with QP neck, SSL-5 mid and Lil '59 bridge with 500k pot. Sounds great to me.
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