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    Default Help with H-S Combo

    Hey what's up!

    I'm looking for a Duncan single coil sized humbucker for the neck that will match up with an Alternative 8.

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    5 piece maple purple heart neck
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    Ebony board
    Floating trem (no locking nut)
    Standard Tuning

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Help with H-S Combo

    SD Quarter Pound (SSL-4)?

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    A neck Hot Rails would work, but this all depends on what you want in a neck pickup.
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    Default Re: Help with H-S Combo

    The two suggestions above would have been my first picks, as well...Quarter Pounder or Hot Rails neck

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    Thanks, guys!

    I'm not a huge fan of the Hot Rails. The Quarter Pound would be more like it. Do you get hum with that pup?

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    Default Re: Help with H-S Combo

    The Quarter Pound is a single coil pickup, so you get hum. You might try the Vintage Hot Stack, though.
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    That sounds like a good one. Will it keep up with the Alt 8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    The Quarter Pound is a single coil pickup, so you get hum. You might try the Vintage Hot Stack, though.
    How does that compare to the Hot Stack Strat Neck?

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    What about Cool Rails? I have one paired with a Custom Shop modified IM1, and it's a pretty nice pairing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LonePhantom View Post
    What about Cool Rails? I have one paired with a Custom Shop modified IM1, and it's a pretty nice pairing.
    Cool Rails is great in the neck of my Charvel Model 4 mutt:



    It's currently paired with a Custom Custom, but I've had a '59, Custom 5, Invader, and Custom in there previously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LazNovak View Post
    How does that compare to the Hot Stack Strat Neck?
    The Vintage isn't as powerful, and is EQd more toward the low mids, where as the Hot Stack is hotter, and has more upper mids and highs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    The Vintage isn't as powerful, and is EQd more toward the low mids, where as the Hot Stack is hotter, and has more upper mids and highs.
    Both descriptions sound good to me. Do they both have that "single coil tone"? I don't want it too hot where it's just about a humbucker.

    I've tried the hot rails. They're good but not what I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazNovak View Post
    How does that compare to the Hot Stack Strat Neck?

    Its a pickup you dont hear talked about much but one I quite like. Its loud enough to keep up. Tonally its pretty even. It does cleans and can push well. It doesnt sound like a full on humbucker but doesnt sound like a vintage strat single either. the bottom is much firmer and the highs pulled back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LazNovak View Post
    Both descriptions sound good to me. Do they both have that "single coil tone"? I don't want it too hot where it's just about a humbucker.

    I've tried the hot rails. They're good but not what I'm looking for.
    They are both darker, thicker single coils. You won't mistake them for a 50s Fender pickup, but it sounds closer to that 50s fender than it does a PAF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LazNovak View Post
    How does that compare to the Hot Stack Strat Neck?
    I have a Vintage Hot Stack in an HS Strat with Screamin Demon bridge. I had to lower the Vintage Hot Stack more than expected to not overpower the Screamin Demon, which I also put very close to the strings to balance the volume. Vintage Hot Stack is mainly an overwound "traditional" bridge pickup. For comparison, assuming STK-S4 is 8.5K and SSL-1 is 6.5K, STK-S7 11.9K would be around 9.9K without dummy coil. It's a vintage single coil sound on steroid, but since it's designed for bridge, it has a bit more bass than usual neck pickup. I think it would be a perfect match in bridge position with Classic Stack in neck and middle.
    Since the Alternative 8 seems to have some bass (according to SD tone chart) it might be a good match.

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    Default Re: Help with H-S Combo

    Thanks for the replies! It looks like I'm 99% set on the Vintage Hot Stack.

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