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    I recently got a used Strat which I am thinking of putting in 2 humbuckers to replace the lousy stock. What's a good humbucker for getting the Santana-Gibson SG sound, like on Europa? I'm looking at the Dimarzio Air Classic, does anyone have recommendations?

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    Are we talking about a Strat-sized stacked pickup, or are you going to carve up the body?

    ... and Santana sounds like he does because of a lot more than the pickups, but let me know what the plan is and we'll see if we can get you there.

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    Hi Foo, thanks for the reply. Well this Strat has a single large cavity in the body for all the pickups so no carving needed. Anyway, I got it used and the previous owner already took out the stock singles and put in 2 normal sized (not stacked) humbuckers with a new pickguard to fit. The humbuckers, I think, are a Dimarzio Super 2(neck) and Super 3(bridge). They sound too rough for my liking.
    The feel of a Strat to me is much nicer than any Gibson but I'm hoping to get some Gibson tones out of this. What do you recommend?

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    I've always liked Seymour Duncan pickups. I had a 335-style guitar which I put a '59 in the neck position, and a 'Mag' at the bridge with a coil tap on it.

    I was very happy with the way it sounded - real nice bluesy tone out of the neck p/up, and a nice edgy ballsy sound out of the bridge h/bucker, and it thinned out nicely for more of a Tele/Strat single coil sound with the tap in.

    Both p/ups on was a good jangly rhythm sound and it got real jangly with the bridge p/up as a single coil.

    Also had a Duncan 'custom' on another guitar in the neck position - it had a litle more power than the '59 and so was able to create a bit more distortion.

    You might want to try this set up:
    Duncan Custom on the neck with coil tap
    Duncan Alnico II strat replacement pickup in the middle
    Duncan Mag at the bridge

    Install a five-way switch and have the best of both worlds - the Mag as a single and the middle p/up will sound very Stratty, but the Custom split and the middle is a little more ballsy than the same Strat configuration.

    Hope this helps,

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    [This message has been edited by foo (edited 04-27-2000).]

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    You might want to try the DUNCAN JB Humbucker, it is pretty loud and Meaty!

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