Originally Posted by willrocks
I recently bought an american standard strat and sometimes (often) the radio plays through my amplifier. when i change to my other guitar with humbuckers, the radio goes away. i think this could be the pickups. they are also pretty noisy. i am thinking about upgrading the stock pickups-i want the single coil sound (think the kind you'd hear in a raw chicago blues club) without the hum and radio. i do want single coils though, not stacked buckers. any suggestions?
It sounds like this is a specific problem with your guitar and not single-coil PUs per se. Does it only happen with one specific amp?
I am very happy with my Seymour Duncan Antiquity PUs in my Tele and Les Paul
. On the latter it was a MAJOR improvement over the Gibson Burstbuckers which are good but too bright for my ears. I think that the Antiquities are equally great on in their Strat incarnation but since I really like the stock PUs of my early 90s '57 reissue Strat I never tried them there.
But I'd like to mention one very important thing: The 'classic' Fender sound of the 50s originals has a lot to do with the potentiometers, wiring and capacitors. I recently got into this first with a Les Paul
and now with my Strat. Changing to a 'vintage-correct' wiring kit makes a HUGE difference in the sound.
I got prewired kits from RS Guitarworks but others are selling the same parts and you could also buy individual caps for less money. I opted for the pre-wired kits though because I'm 'electronically challenged' so to say. I have the version with the Jensen cap but there is also a 'Luxe' version. (I use that kind on my Les Paul) Pre-Wired Premium Vintage Strat® Upgrade Kit : RS Guitarworks Online... Complete Vintage Strat® Style Electronics Upgrade Kit : RS Guitarworks...
I liked the tone of my Strat before but the Jensen-equipped wiring kit really opened up the sound. There's much more of that bell-like quality to the clean sound and the volume and tone control are so much more useful now (this is really not hype).
But the great thing is that the overdriven sound (amp or pedal) is also improved. It doesn't get shrill but just more singing and musical.
Anyway, I just wanted to mention that because I think it is an essential part of that classic 'Chicago' blues sound which is so far away from the 'modern' kind of Strat sound i.e that thin, plastic sounding, 'corporate' tone.