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  • how to wire a hot rail pickup in a strat

    I'm planning on replacing the bridge pickup on my standard fender strat with a SD shr-1 hot rails. What wiring modifications do i need to do when introducing a humbucker into a single coil guitar?

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    As a drop in replacement, just follow the SD directions, you can also look on their website for larger diagrams. You'll basically have 4 wires coming out of the pup instead of 2 on the single coil, you'll solder two together, ground one, and run the other to the selector switch. Good luck.
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    • #3
      I'm not really sure what pickup I want. I dont use my strat too much because i dont have a huge use for single coils. What pickup (single coil replacement) would be best to throw in to play stuff like Iron Maiden?

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      • #4
        Hot rails is a great heavy sounding high gain pickup.

        the Scream'in demon is good for leads too..

        the little JB is a hot lead pickup, not as good for rythums as the hot rails IMHO
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          Hot Rails is what I put in the bridge of my American Strat, very happy with it (also used in Maiden). I first got the JB Jr., good, just not exactly what I was looking for. I put it in myself initially (like all my other replacement pups), but decided I wanted it split so I had my guitar tech wire all three pups to the middle pot (master tone), and wired the split to the bottom tone pot, now on 1 it's a single coil, on 10 it's a full humbucker. It's a good pup, great, heavy humbucker, and split it sounds like a nice clean Strat single-coil.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bruce Bennett
            Hot rails is a great heavy sounding high gain pickup.

            the Scream'in demon is good for leads too..

            the little JB is a hot lead pickup, not as good for rythums as the hot rails IMHO


            i just put a GFS lil' killer which is alot like the screamin demon or hot rails but half the price, in my strat. it sounds awesome in the bridge position for screaming solos.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by septopus
              As a drop in replacement, just follow the SD directions, you can also look on their website for larger diagrams. You'll basically have 4 wires coming out of the pup instead of 2 on the single coil, you'll solder two together, ground one, and run the other to the selector switch. Good luck.


              thats exactly how i did mine....very simple!
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              • #8
                Maiden? Dave uses an SH-11 bridge and Hot Rails through out. On SSS guitars, all Hot Rails. Janick uses JBJr
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