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  1. #1

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    Advice needed. Single coil for metal

    Hi folks, I'm new to this forum.
    I'm thinking of buying an ESP vintage plus (alder/rosewood) for christmas. I'm big fan of that distressed/relic strat look.

    I'm thinking of using it as my rock/metal guitar, so maybe I'll ditch the stock duncan SSL-1, and use something hotter.

    So here's the character I'm looking for:
    - I want it to sound like single coil (fast attack, great cut, raw "clanking steel" sound)
    - More defined bottom end than vintage spec SC for palm mutes.
    - High signal to noise ratio (high output, low noise). My other strat can do metal but the output is low, so too much sustain is also cut when using noise surpressor.
    - True single coil is preferred, as I would like to keep the stock pickup cover (distressed/vintage look). Stacked SC *and dual rails*will not fit into it.

    I really like yngwie malmsteen's tone on "Inspiration" album.*
    I also like some modern metal tone like bullet for my valentine, KSE, symphony X, Trivium.*
    I don't hope to reach such gain/ saturation, but I would like the pickups to also sound brutal without losing clarity while playing drop tunings (drop D/ drop C)

    I'm already looking at a few options:
    - bareknuckle sinner
    - bareknuckle trilogy suite
    - dimarzio FS-1
    - duncan SSL5
    - duncan twang banger
    - motor city dim muk.
    - any suggestions???

    Also, If you have experience with any of those pickups, pls share *what you think. I'm a bit concerned because of their high output they might lose that single coil sound.


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    Are you sure a stacked DiMarzio won't fit? I'd go for a Virtual Solo, but failing that a Sinner would be worth trying

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    I was going to suggest a Sinner as well. Great pickup and sounds very close to what you're looking for.
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    What's your current rig? I'd say try the stock one first, then decide.
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    If you like Yngwie, try the YJMs?
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    Don't try to get KSE/Bullet for my Valentine tones out of a neck pickup It's not even a factor, just leave it on the bridge humbucker, a JB or an EMG will work. I'd say either stick with the stock pickups, which will do what you want, or swap all the pickups for EMGs, which will do what you want differently

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    Bare Knuckle Piledriver perhaps?
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    Is this for your neck or bridge position? You're not going to get a modern metal crunch/chug sound out of a singlecoil, so I'm hoping the neck.

    If you want a reasonably hot, low noise, bright singlecoil with a lot of clang and clank to the sound, I've been pretty impressed with the Dimarzio Area '61. I'm using it in the middle position now, but I had it in the neck for a while where it was great:

    [VIDEO]]Dimarzio Area '61 - Bluesy Soloing (neck pickup) - YouTube[/VIDEO]
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