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Pete Lyall-ywFry

Seymour Duncan SHR-1 Hot Rail Stacked Single Coil Pickup

Sound Quality

[Perceived output level] as Seymour Duncan says, the hottest pickup he makes. It is a VERY high output pickup, very LOUD, louder than any other that I have heard. [Tone] Distorted it has a good balanced sound Clean it is a bit muddy because it distorts itself due to high output [Sonic evaluation] Depends on what you want to use the pickup for. For Hard Rock Metal Leads, sounds very good. Compare to the intro to Sweet Child O'Mine by Guns 'n' Roses Clean, the pickup is very loud and quite bright [For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable] Suitable for Jazz when played clean, big bright sound Good for Metal scorching metal leads. [Perceived output level] It defeinately puts out more volts than a standard vintage type humbucker. [Tone] More bassy than a normal humbucker. It has more coil wraps, so the extra impedence cuts out some of the higher ends. [Sonic evaluation] This pickup is great if you like a high gain sound. Doesn't sound all that great clean, because there is no real crispness to it. Sustain is good, especially with high gain. I have mine wired so I can cut one of the coils. This pickup still sounds good with one coil, which is not true of some humbuckers. [For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable] [Perceived output level] Not excessively hot and not quite as much as a hot humbucker, but much more than a standard single coil.ghtly more than..., etc. [Tone] Much fuller than a single coil, but not comparable to a standard humbucker. [Sonic evaluation] A definite improvement over a stock single coil, unless you prefer the single coil tonality. Falls a little short of a true humbucker. [For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable] I Personally prefer a humbucker at the bridge and a single coil at the neck (just personal taste.) The Hot Rails performs the function of the humbucker well especially in reducing output noise. I've nver tried one at the neck, it might do the job well... [Perceived output level] Extremely loud. The Seymour Duncan tech literature claims the Hot Rails is one of their loudest pickups, and I heartily concur. [Tone] Very bassy, although there is still a lot of treble "edge" [Sonic evaluation] I've had this pickup in for about a year, and I really like it for most of the things I play. Its forte is really high gain stuff, like Metallica riffs; for clean playing, you usually have to back the volume *way* off, which kills the high end. [For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable] Excellent for rock/metal, especially a high-gain amp. Not so great for clean "vintage Strat" tones. [Perceived output level] Super Hot. Will overdrive most amps' clean channels if run wide open. [Tone] Great for distorted tones. Less so for clean tones. On one strat, the guitar now sounds more like a Les Paul than a strat because of the beef of the pickups. They are very strong in the midrange as well. On one strat, I have neck and bridge hot rails. The neck gets a great Santana like tone. The bridge gets a good Steve Morse/Brian May tone, and a variety of others, depending on the EQ of the amp & effects. I have these pickups fairly close to the strings. On my Strat Plus, I have only a bridge hot rail (others are stock Gold Lace Sensors), and I had the tech adjust it further away from the strings for greater clarity and less magnetic influence. In the coil tapped position, I can still get a pretty convincing strat/tele single coil sound. The full coil position yields a really nice snappy distortion (Richie Blackmore and hotter). [Sonic evaluation] Overall, excellent. If you're trying to make your strat distort, this is how you should do it. Again, careful with placement relative to the strings. [For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable] I would say this was an excellent rock/blues pickup, with capabilities extending into country.



General Comments


I give the pickup an 8.5.



[Comments] I might find a

better sounding pickup in the future. I'm definately happy with this





Like I said, I prefer a humbucker at the bridge. The Hot Rails isn't quite as

full, but it does a beautiful job in replacing the single coil. When I want a

more Strattish sound, I'll use it, otherwise I stick to my other axes...




I *am* satisfied with the pickup; it's the rest of the guitar

I'd like to trash...





It's a rocker.


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