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    Default Hot Rails vs Full size Humbucker?

    I have a strat with stock 250k pots and a Hotrails in the bridge. I was wondering what would be the difference in tone if I put a parallel axis blues sarasceno in the bridge and kept the same pots?

    Would I get a smoother lead tone, better pinch harmonics? More sustain?

    Let me know you opinions.

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    Default Re: Hot Rails vs Full size Humbucker?

    Sustain will not improve or deteriorate as long as you don't mess with your guitar's set up. As far as tone goes, the PATB-3 will be more open, less compressed, and brighter than a HR.
    Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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    Default Re: Hot Rails vs Full size Humbucker?

    Hmm, not necessarily brighter than the Hot Rails. Remember the HR is in there on an angle, very close to the bridge on the treble side. A straight across humbucker is going to pick up far more smoothness along the treble strings. There's a bite to an angled Hot Rails that will be lessened if you go with a full sized bucker.

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    Default Re: Hot Rails vs Full size Humbucker?

    Maybe I used the wrong term. When I said brighter I meant that the HR will be more compressed in the highs and mids. The PATB will have more low end though, just because it sees more string than a HR.
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    Default Re: Hot Rails vs Full size Humbucker?

    Quote Originally Posted by frankfalbo View Post
    Hmm, not necessarily brighter than the Hot Rails. Remember the HR is in there on an angle, very close to the bridge on the treble side. A straight across humbucker is going to pick up far more smoothness along the treble strings. There's a bite to an angled Hot Rails that will be lessened if you go with a full sized bucker.
    A cool thing to do on Fat Strats is angle the HB just like you would a bridge SC. EVH did it like that, it's also the way I have mine.

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    Default Re: Hot Rails vs Full size Humbucker?

    Quote Originally Posted by FamousForSustain View Post
    A cool thing to do on Fat Strats is angle the HB just like you would a bridge SC. EVH did it like that, it's also the way I have mine.
    +1. I hated the Screamin Demon until I tried it in my Kramer with a slanted bridge route. Now (with a few more alterations), it's my favorite pickup.
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