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    Default A stack question

    Hello, I'm looking for a bit of advice.
    I did a little forum search but haven't come to a definite answer.
    The deal is:

    I need a Strat-style humbucking pickup to work well in a H-S-H guitar. The other pickups in the combination are a TB-1 full-sized trembucker in the bridge and a special custom made pickup (the closest comparison is the GL Z-coil - a single-sounding humbucker with one coil under the treble strings and the other coil under the bass strings, connected to cancel hum). Sound-wise, it's pretty close a standard Tele-style pup but without the hum.

    I'd like the middle pickup to be able to hang with the TB-1 output-wise. It need not necessarily be as powerful, but it should not be too far off.

    Now to my question. I believe one of the Duncan Stack pickups will do the trick, but which one will it be?
    I understand the Hot Stack is not all that hot, so it might work fine (the bridge version I believe).
    Can anyone prove or disprove this to me?

    Thank you
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    Default Re: A stack question

    i think a hot strat stack would be a cool choice

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    Default Re: A stack question

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    i think a hot strat stack would be a cool choice
    I thought so. Now, do I use the neck/middle version or the bridge version? I tend to believe the bridge version would work better because it's more powerful.

    You see, my only experience with stacked humbuckers is with DiMarzio HS-1. It sounded kinda cool but was pretty weak on output. Since then I believe the stacked pickups in general may not be very powerful.

    Again, I need something to match up well with the TB-1 but not to overpower that other custom-made pup.

    Soooo... I guess I will go for the Hot Stack Bridge. I think a more powerful pup can do no harm, since the middle pickups can sometimes get in the way, and lowering a higher-than-needed-output pickup can both balance the volume AND get it out of the strum's way.

    Thanks, Jeremy
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    Default Re: A stack question

    yeah, the bridge version will probably work best

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    Default Re: A stack question

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    yeah, the bridge version will probably work best
    Thank you, so I'll go for that one.
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