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  1. Chrisnich says the following: "I have different patches for my single coil pickup guitars and for my humbucking guitars! They are two different beasts. Single coils aren't really made to handle a lot of distortion (unless you have noiseless, or stacked pups)" I am not sure what he means by saying "single coils aren't really made to handle a lot of distortion." Does he mean you cannot get a good sound from a single coil pickup when using a lot of overdrive/distortion, or is he referring to the noise only? If he means the former, I respectfully beg to differ. I think they sound great with overdrive. Yngwie Malmsteen's Strats (he only uses the neck and bridge pickups) sound great with overdrive. So do Ritchie Blackmore's Strats (who also only uses the neck and bridge pickups). Perhaps best of all, Eric Johnson's Strats sound fantastic with an overdriven sound, especially the bridge pickup and bridge/middle pickup combination. Those aforementioned players and many more get fantastic overdriven tones from Strats with old-fashioned single-coil pickups. It takes a bit more fiddling, but that is part of the beauty of it. When you finally do get a great tone (like e.g., Jeff Beck, Scott Henderson and Eric Johnson), it sounds absolutely beautiful and unique. Humbuckers are great too, but I think single-coil pickups, especially on a Strat, really bring out the guitarist's unique tone. The idea that the Strat is primarily a blues guitarist's instrument while a guitar with humbuckers, like a Les Paul or ES-335 is better suited to rock or jazz is complete and total bosh. All of them can get great rock tones, blues tones and jazz tones. I think more jazz players should play Strats. They do not know what they are missing. The idea that they must play a huge guitar with humbuckers is silly. Just to prove I am not prejudiced against humbuckers, I state for the record that I have a 2004 American Standard Stratocaster (black with rosewood fingerboard) and a Gibson Les Paul Studio Model (date unknown), midnight blue, and a nice assortment of acoustic instruments, steel and nylon string. When playing electric, I much prefer the Strat though in every respect. You have to fiddle more to get a great tone, but when you do, boy does it sound great! The Strat has proven over the years, in my opinion, to be the most versatile standard guitar out there. I have a theory that all great guitarists end up playing Strats. Clapton does, Townshend does, &c.
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