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    Best splitting H for a HSS?

    If I can swing it, I'm going to spring for a Warmoth Tele hybrid this spring (bonus time!). I miss having a strat sound, but I don't miss having a strat shaped guitar at all

    For the humbucker, I'm actually looking to sacrifice H tone for S tone. Basically, I want to be able to drop in a switch to make it run mostly as a SSS, but with the option for HSS. If the H tone is characteristically different from what I'm accustomed to, that's OK. Something new is something new!

    I keep coming across the SD Stag Mag as a good option.


    Good singles to pair with a Stag Mag? FWIW, I really loved the tone from my old Mexi strat, which had upgraded Fender Noiseless pups.

    ...And yes, I've considered another P-Rail, but a fourth guitar with P-Rails without endorsement money from SD might be too much

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    Wolfetone Timbre Wolf. It sounds like a hot single AND you get awesome HB tone.
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    I have a StagMag in the neck of one of my guitars and the split tone sounds great The H tone is pretty good kind of a mix between a Jazz and a 59.

    I have found that for normal humbuckers, its better to split to the INNER (neck-side) coil on the humbucker as its not as harsh. I like the split tones I get from most bridge humbuckers by doing this.

    As for the singles, SD recommends the Alinco II singles to match the StagMag. If you are looking at noiseless you will want the Humbucker to run in parallel instead of split so that it stays true noiseless. You might also look at the filter circuit in the Fender HH Select Tele as it filters one of the coils so that the output is still hotter but sounds very single coil like.

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    Hmm, I'll have to read up on that filter. I was thinking of putting a tiny 3-way 3PDT switch where the volume usually goes to control which coil runs; bridge, both, neck.

    Dave, I think my Warmoth SG is screaming for some Wolfetones. It's currently got a Full Shred in the bridge, which I really seem to like, but I need a new neck pup, and maybe swap the bridge to match.

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    I've always liked the way the Dimarzio pafs split.

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    Always been very intrigued by their "true split" design, but that seems like a good place to start.
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    JBs also sound awesome split, which doesn't really make any sense but it works.

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    The Stag Mag is the choice for the best split sound. But I have good results with a Custom Custom and a 59/Custom Hybrid. The Stag Mag actually sounds like a true single though, because that is what it is when split.
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