Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Single-coil guitars vs. Humbucking - Maintaining your Tone?
Did a good search on the forum but found nothing - perhaps some people would like to share their experiences.
I generally play live with a Patrick Eggle twin-humbucking guitar (Seth Lover pickups). Its very high-output, and my backup is another Eggle fitted with a Seymour Duncan JB/59 combination. This second guitar is slightly lower in output, but this doesn't bother me much.
However I sometimes want to use a Strat - for certain things it has the perfect tone.
My amp's a Rivera M-100 btw.
Now I get what I would consider to be excellent tone from the Rivera with my main guitar - a good, vintage crunch, which I can easily ramp up to a lead sound with enough sustain for me at least with a boost of the volume control, a switch to the bridge bucker (which wails, btw all those of you agonising over which DiMarzio to try) or dropping in a little compression & EQ to the effects loop - gives me plenty of options.
If I drop to the backup guitar, I get very similar tones, a bit more refined both at bridge and neck, which is excellent as far as I am concerned.
However - if I want to use the Strat I have a real problem. Everything changes - and why wouldn't it?
Even plugging into the low impedance input on the amp, there is nowhere near enough gain to produce comparable tones. (Its a USA Standard btw).
The clean volumes are indistinct onstage, it drives the mics half as hard, and the gain channel isn't driven enough to distort anywhere near like with the other guitars.
So what I am looking for is advice on a solution to this that somebody else might have tried - anybody experienced this?
I thought maybe a GE-7 that got switched on with the Strat to provide a boost. Or maybe I should switch pickups to Lace Sensors, or Texas Specials? I don't wanna mess with the sound of the thing too much and had hoped somebody else had some ideas....