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  • Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

    What do you guys think? If I have to, I guess I'll route my guitar for a Humbucker.

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    Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

    dont like me? what dont you like when playing?

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      Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

      I like the HR. Got two of 'em (br & neck)
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      Fat tone, high output. Works for me.
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        Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

        I really like my hotrails, though I use it split so it will balance properly with the alnico singles in the neck and mid. Its really fun to go from nice clean blues to raunchy rock w/ the flip of your selector switch.
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        • #5
          Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

          I guess what I'm asking is, Does it sound like a Humbucker, or just a Single with added distortion? I just don't want a thin sound.

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            Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

            It obviously doesn't sound quite like a full size humbucker, but it's definitely a good step in that direction.
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            • #7
              Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

              I replaced a Blue Velvet neck in my H/S/S guitar, and while the Hot Rails don't sound just like a humbucker, I can get screaming lead tones with it and it is no longer obvious that I am switching to a single coil from a humbucker like it was with the BV.
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              • #8
                Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

                I like it - great pickup. There's some reviews in the Vault too that you could take a look at.

                EDIT: It's not quite like a full-size humbucker, but that is actually what I like about it. For me it retains some of what's good about a single coil, thought I can't quite put a name to what
                Last edited by southadc; 06-01-2004, 04:03 PM.

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                  Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

                  Originally posted by southadc
                  I like it - great pickup. There's some reviews in the Vault too that you could take a look at.

                  EDIT: It's not quite like a full-size humbucker, but that is actually what I like about it. For me it retains some of what's good about a single coil, thought I can't quite put a name to what
                  i agree, there's somethign about it that doesnt sound humbucker-y, but it's still a great pickup. It's very unique sounding to my ears, gritty and raw, but i love it

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                  • #10
                    Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

                    There's no way a hotrails will sound thin, I didn't like mine cause it was just too high output and too powerful, but definately not thin. I have a JB in my SG's bridge, and a hotrails in my strats bridge sounded much fuller and definately dind't sound like a single coil.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

                      the Hotrails in my tele makes other guitars sound less menacing...
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                      • #12
                        Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

                        Originally posted by southadc
                        It's not quite like a full-size humbucker, but that is actually what I like about it. For me it retains some of what's good about a single coil, thought I can't quite put a name to what
                        My JBJr neck gives me this sort of vibe too. Although it doesnt sound quite like a full humbucker (obviously the magnet is smaller) its fat as and with a big output, while still retaining something thats good about those single coils. A great mix!
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                          Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

                          And mind you it matches up perfectly with my JB bridge.....sh!t i love my jackson!
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                          • #14
                            Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

                            Had it in my Strat and hated it....along with the JB Jr. Bear in mind it might have had something to do with the basswood body.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Who likes/doesn't like the Hotrails?

                              I like mine in the bridge position, midrangey and fat, but not totally like a real humbucker. Doesn't get icepick bright, even when run full out (I have a switch on mine that bypasses the volume and tone control) which I like. Sounds fabulous with distortion, clean is another story.

                              That being said I'm looking for a different sound, so I'm getting rid of mine

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