Can you have a Stratocaster with a humbucker at both the neck and bridge and, if so, how would it sound?

Answer

The classic Stratocaster pickup configuration is three single-coil pickups (SSS), and there are many Strats that incorporate a humbucker at the bridge (HSS). However, there are also stock Strats with a pair of humbuckers, one at the bridge and one at the neck (HH) and even those with a single-coil pickup between the two humbuckers (HSH).

You'll find variations of these models at every price point, from Squier and Mexican-made Stratocasters all the way up to expensive American-made Stats.

The humbuckers give the Strat a thicker, warmer, heavier sound, and they are higher-output than standard single coils. A bridge-position humbucker means better crunch for genres like metal and hard rock. The neck position of a humbucker gives a Strat rounder, warmer sounds for jazz and rock soloing.

The interesting thing is, even with these pickup changes, to me a Strat still sounds like a Strat. In other words, an HH Stratocaster isn't going to sound anything like a Les Paul or even something like a Jackson or Ibanez. That Fender vibe always seems to come through.

Updated on March 18, 2018

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Fender Mexican Strat vs American Stratocaster Guitar Review
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