Strat pickups on an SG

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  1. donepearce

    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine has just got herself an old SG that is a bit a wreck. She has a couple of spare Strat pickups, so she asked me if I could work out how to fit them tidily. This seemed like a good project for my CNC router, and I came up with this pick guard. It looks like it will do the job perfectly. Don't blame me for the colour - actually it seems to work nicely with Pelham blue.

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    But it does make a mess

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  3. DaveInSoCal

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    Nice job, that pickguard looks great! Strat pickups on a SG? No thank you, SG's are already bright with humbuckers, I couldn't imagine with Strat single coils.
    Cool project though!
     
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    Cool project !

    If it was mine, I would have asked to have a neck and a middle rout, no bridge.
     
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    She particularly wanted the angled one, so I thought the bridge and neck would be the way to go.
     
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    Thats a very attractive pup configuration if you ask me. Ive been itching to try it myself. I use coil splitting at least 40% of thr time when using humbuckers anyways. Although i play acoustics almost exclusively these days.
     
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    Yes, neck + bridge combination you can't have on a Strat. I may wire one of her pickups with reversed phase so she can have some at least of the Strat's quack in the centre position.
     
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    Nice job on cutting that pickguard. Looks like a giant sheet of candy. Share a pic of the finished project once done.
     
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    My first thought was "oh hell no" lol.

    But actually it's something I want to see now. The idea is pretty cool.
     
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    I'll post pics when she has the whole thing together. Lots of work to be done before it finally gets assembled.
     
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    Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush runs a single coil loaded SG most of the time now. Sounds great. Single coils kick out more defined bottom end than HB’s by the way.
     
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    I replaced the humbuckers in my SG with strat single-coils, but it doesn't sound very stratty. It sounds more plinky than twangy. It doesn't quack as much as a strat either.
    But I find it useful for playing clean rhythm parts.

    My SG is a Gibson "Special". I saw a copy of a magazine ad for it on this website many years ago. It describes it as having a maple neck and a hardwood body (i.e. not mahogany), just like a strat. Since the woods are the same, I'm thinking it doesn't sound stratty due to Gibson's shorter scale length.


    Here is a video of me playing it.



    Here is a video of a guy playing a stock version of the guitar (with humbuckers):
     
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    As you say, neither Strat nor SG but some sort of hybrid I actually like the tone .
     
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    I've got a couple of old SG's with single coils pups that sound pretty sweet to my ears.
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    OK, they have an SG body but a smaller headstock & they were called a Melody Maker back then but still, I digress. The point is they sound pretty good as single coils.
     
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    I have a Melody Maker that had just one of those single coils until I swapped it for a Seymour Duncan humbucker. I quite liked the original sound, but it was kind of weak in output level, and I couldn't get along with the hum.
     
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    I would tend to agree with that. It's the same reason I dont prefer P-90 pups. But both formats are actually great for rough sounding classic grunge & grind Rock'n Roll where noise is always welcome and sound perfectly fine through a clean amp with good grounding & wires etc.

    That 3 pup MM is a joy to play despite it's beefy neck profile. I had little to no problems with noise on a clean channel & what bit there was on the drive channel surprisingly wasn't ridiculously annoying & could be mitigated totally of course by using a second pup.

    Gotta say, I've never run either through a pedal board / effects unit (just multi channel amps) where any tendency to produce noise has the potential to be augmented but...

    But Right Now,.. I'm thinking I should get those 2 girls out of their case & run 'em through the new Marshall DSL1CR & send 'em through that Ultra Gain Channel & reassess that noise quotient.
     
  17. Von Trapp

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    Actually, you totally can. I've wired all my strats that way. You take a 3-way switch and wire it like an SG or LP and then wire one of the pots as a volume for the middle pickup.
     
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    Yes, you can rewire any way you like. I meant you can't do that on a standard Strat.
     
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    Right, sorry. In any case I really recommend this to all strat players. Gives you a master tone and a master volume as well which means you have a tone for the bridge pu.
     

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