May 28th, 2011, 10:14 AM
What PU's do you guys think are a good strat PU for chording and rhythm? Also, what position do you normally use for Rhythm?
I'm thinking Fender CS 57/62's or maybe Suhr FL's, but would like to hear some opinions.
May 28th, 2011, 11:21 AM
I usually recommend Wilde PUP's in general: http://www.wildepickups.com/
Whatever you do, don't get "over-wound" PUP's. They lack versatility/clarity. Instead, put a few strips of Aluminum tape about 0.025" thick under the pick-guard around the PUP's, or just get one or two of these: http://store.guitarfetish.com/Aluminum-Strat-Pickguard-Shield-Universal-Screw-Holes_p_90.html
May 28th, 2011, 02:07 PM
I've been getting in to the middle pickup more for rhythm and some lead work. IMO it's smoother and fills more space for rhythm work. As far as pickups go you will probably recieve all kinds of suggestions. You're just going to have to do some investigation on your own. The Wilde recommendation is probably not a bad one. Reasonably priced and if their good enough for Reggie Young that's a pretty good endorsement. Bill offers several different Strat configurations. Good luck, there's alot of selections out there for pickups.
May 28th, 2011, 03:13 PM
I'm a big fan of bridge or middle pickup for rhythm for my music.
But, what kinda music do you play?
May 28th, 2011, 03:36 PM
I play a little bit of everything, i.e. classic rock, pop, R&B, jazz, country, etc. Just about everything except for metal and really heavy rock. Getting to old for that. :0)
I just bought the Strat and and really like it, but the PU's are just not my cup of tea. They sound pretty lifeless after playing my Tele. They're the stock PU's that come with the AS. Not bad, but better suited for lead work IMO and I play primarily rhythm so I'm looking for something will a little more bite, better note separation, etc.
BTW, my strat has a RW FB so I suppose this also mellows things out a little.
May 28th, 2011, 05:41 PM
You can use any PUP position for rhythm playing. It depends on the song style, amp tone, etc. Trust your gut on that. The neck position can be very soulful, but can sound "boomy", which will muddy the bass in some songs. Just be aware of that. Generally, the bass guitar should carry the bass of a song. Keys and guitars should stay out of the way. Cutting the bass a little on everything actually makes a song more clear and punchy.
Before you get new PUP's, read this: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/just-pickups/276068-magnetic-pups-facts-vs-myths.html
May 28th, 2011, 05:51 PM
Rhythm is where it's at man! Personally, that's how I build my entire sound.
I find that when I start with a great rhythm tone, the solo tone just falls right into place and is simply an extension of the rhythm tone.
That said, just pick something you like and work it.