DiMarzio EQed the HS-3 guitar pickup with a broad low end while gently rolling back the top. The result is warmth without a glaring high end; just right for the guitar that needs more body and less sc... Read More
DiMarzio EQed the HS-3 guitar pickup with a broad low end while gently rolling back the top. The result is warmth without a glaring high end; just right for the guitar that needs more body and less screech. Hum-free pickup design lends itself to any performance situation. Try the HS-3 pickup in a recording environment--no more dumping your best solo because of single-coil noise on the track. Smooth tone curve produces a sweet overdrive without jagged edges. Coupled with the more glassy, transparent sound of HS-1 or HS-2 pickups in the neck and middle positions, the DiMarzio HS-3 pickup adds a warmer, fatter tone to round out your sound. Works well in all 3 positions on a Stratocaster for slightly warmer-than-usual Strat sound. Combines in middle and neck positions with bridge humbuckers like PAF Pro, PAF, Air Classic, or Norton. Standard 4-conductor wiring, Alnico 5 magnet, and 93mV output.
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I've had a Tokai Custom Edition (JSR653) for the last 20 years, which came with a HS-3 in the neck position, that the previous owner had installed. Admittedly I didn't know what pickup it was for the first 15 years. When I bought the guitar it was wired as a single coil, the second coil not being connected. It had a great strat single coil neck sound, so much that I assumed it was a fender pickup at the time. Some years later one of the coils on my bridge humbucker died, so I opened the guitar for the first time and was surprised to find the neck pickup was a humbucker "wired wrong". The only feature was the HS-3 sticker on the underside, which allowed me to ID it online. I did a quick repair on the guitar, reversing the switch wiring from hss to ssh, which I used for ages. In humbucking mode it really is a super pickup. It's not a fat humbucker sound, so don't buy it if that's what your after, but it is chunkier than a standard single coil, and to my ears it's definitely very desirable and best of all totally hum free. I used position 4 on the selector switch to split it to a single coil retaining the single coil neck sound I previously had in position 5. More recently I finally replaced the bridge humbucker and rewired the guitar to HSH. Wiring now has position 5 being the HS-3 in humbucker mode, position 4 is split coil with middle pickup in parallel and gives the traditional jangly strat thing. While the single split coil sound is really nice, I prefer this noiseless setup. There's no tonal difference between the two coils when split, at least to my ears. However if you're going to use it as a single coil, aim to use the red/black wires. These are for the top pickup of the stack, which has some shielding plates around the coil under the cover. This can reduce the single coil hum slightly, provided you ground the bare wire which is connected to it. If your guitar is already shielded the difference in hum might not be noticeable. Wired as a humbucker, it's totally noiseless.
After I installed this pickup in the bridge position of my Squire strat, I was expecting to get rid of a little bit of the strat twang because I play a lot of metal, palm mute, harmonic type of stuff. when I plugged it in, I didn't really notice any difference at all. Sure its a Squire and maybe it'll make a difference in your Fender strat, but as for me, I took it out, re-installed the factory pickup and sold the guitar and pickup separately. Again, i tried it in a Squire, so it may not be the best example, but that was my experience with it.
Great pickups and great service. The pickups were delivered expeditiously. Thanks Guitar Center.
With the other reviews i have read i thought it would sound more like a Humbucker... not at all! sounds like the early '70s strats.. no increase in output... puts the Fender Vintage Noiseless (Toneless!!!) to shame with its hum-canceling feature and its accuracy in tone and volume roll off with a 250K pot.... best humbucking strat imitation i have ever tried so far!!!!
I put this pickup in the neck position of my Fender Standard Strat, and this pickup has been performing at my expectations. This pickup really isn't noisy at all and produces a very warm tone. The best example of the sound I can give is pretty much any song from Yngwie Malmsteen's first solo cd, Rising Force. This pickup will not give you the bright classic sounds of bands like Led Zeppelin or The Who. It also is rather low gain and doesn't have the highest output, which is one of the main reasons I put it in the neck position, preferring a louder, higher output pickup in the neck and the bridge. If you're looking for a hum free pickup that accentuates your notes and gives them excellent clarity I would definitely recommend this pickup.
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