craving single coils for metal.....am i crazy?

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  1. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

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    love this /\ !!
    His style is a huge influence on me.

    See this track I was dabbling with I wrote -

     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    What tuning are you using dude?
    Im in Drop G# open tuning so

    G#, D#, G#, C#, G#, C#
     
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    Noisy Humbucker Only obsesses over guitars when not playing them.

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    Coil splitting is a must for me anymore. Whatever characteristics/benefits single-coil-ish sounds have, that tone is just tons of fun.

    This is why I have an EMG 707TWX-R in my DCM100, and I love it.
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    oooh pics?!
     
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    B, E, A, D, F#, B (Standard Baritone Tuning)
     
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    Noisy Humbucker Only obsesses over guitars when not playing them.

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    Ha! Would if I could but I already failed in the “pic upload” department once this week. It’s a black pickup, so basically looks stock but with the coppery red “EMG X” logo and the push-pull on the volume.
     
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    I can't post of my buckskin covered Bari-Tele either, since I won't be whored out to Photobucket's "pay to post" policy after using them for 15+ years.

    I will say, however, that I got some bobbin toppers from Universal Jems to cover up the black EMG's to look more traditional.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Not a big fan of Strat single coils under gain. But a Tele or P90 under gain sounds amazingly monstrous.
     
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    cardinal Strat 7 Guy

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    That’s a great idea. DCM is a nice guitar and I’ll bet it rips with that single coil.
     
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    cardinal Strat 7 Guy

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    Trick IMHO is just to roll off the tone knob on the bridge pickup. But I’ll also note that I have tin ears. Give me clips of an LP, Tele, P90, and Strat all playing the same riff and I probably can’t match the right guitar to the right clip.
     
  11. JohnIce

    JohnIce Singlecoil Enthusiast

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    I'm all about singlecoils for rhythm playing, especially the middle position. They allow you to play more aggressively where a humbucker would just get muddy and undefined, I just tracked a new EP where I didn't use a humbucker even once.

    I have EMG SA7's in my strat, they're quiet but they honestly don't sound like singlecoils. They are much flatter, less bass, more mids and more super-high highs than a passive singlecoil. It's a unique sound, nothing like a humbucker either. But I'm very happy with them when I run a graphic EQ in front of the amp, boosting 160, scooping 320 and 640, and boosting in the 2-5k area. Then they get very singlecoil-like. I have that graphic EQ locked in the first fx slot on my Kemper, so the EQ is always on regardless of the profile.
     
  12. KnightBrolaire

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    I really dig the elysian moderns/goliaths. I've got a set of his new hellfires headed my way pretty soon too.
    My only issue with using coil split humbuckers is that they're not exactly quiet when I use a shitload of gain. I know companies make silent single coils and such though.
    try other photo sites like postimg or flickr
     
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    I have hundreds of photo's, relinking them to new host would be quite laborsome. I may go with flickr or someone else moving forward, but the pics I have all over the net via Photobucket are dead links at this point.
     
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    KnightBrolaire self-appointed sso pickup tester

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    you could download your whole photobucket collection and then reupload to flickr. it's pretty easy to do, and it's what I did to keep functioning pics on a lot of my older threads.
     
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    I'll have to research that. I have threads from the past 15 years that went dead due to Photobuckets new policy, and I wasn't gonna go around to all my forums & edit current links with new ones.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    e: somehow I lost my timestamp between youtube and here, anyhow he plays Periphery on a tele eventually.
     
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    I'm a bit late to this discussion, but would like to add my experience.

    I used to have a ESP Vintage Plus strat, three single coils (BKP Sinner set) and I currently have a DiMarzio Fast Track in the neck of my baritone.
    I agree with the benefits people have said here, but would like to add that the one I didn't like about the metal tone I got from that Strat was the string separation, which lacked behind that of humbuckers.
    Single notes/strings had awesome bass presence and a cool vibe, no doubt, but string separation on complex chords was not as good as on my various humbuckers.

    I would say to the OP definitely go for it, the different vibe and tone alone make it a perfectly valid approach, but just be aware that there are also reasons why humbuckers are so popular for metal.
     
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    insightful. Thank you

    Was the lack of clarity on larger chords due to amounts of gain?. Or can I expect the same under clean tones too?

    Im going to be bold and just go for it I think. Dual single coils for my main axe.
    Sounds intriguing and exciting.
     
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    Thing about the Sinner and to some extent the Fast Track: those are high output pickups, which in general could be accused of a lack of clarity.

    You’re experience may be very different with true single coils with more typical output.
     
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    I'd really love a Tele built similarly. I want the Tele to be a Modern Player type, with a 7-string trem, locking tuners. I never use the middle pickup, so I prefer the Tele over the Strat, but I wouldn't refuse a 7-String Strat if one was given to me.
     

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