There's a huge difference between a clean tone and a lifeless tone. Just drop a Seymour Duncan Cool Rails Neck Pickup into your axe and you'll be living the difference right away. We're talking about the kind of tone that simply makes blues, classic rock, jazz, and fusion tunes. If you're not already familiar with Seymour Duncan Hot Rails, which use the same basic design as Cool Rails, then you'll want to know how these sweet pickup work. They're the size of regular single-coil pickups found in a Strat, but they're have a parallel dual-coil design. If you've got a nice, well-balanced guitar to start with, then a Cool Rails Neck Pickup will give you the perfect balance of humbucker creaminess and single-coil impact.
This pickup is awesome. I can get great classic rock and blues tones out of it. I have this paired up with a hot rails in the bridge of my Fender American made standard Stratocaster and I can get an array of wicked sounds. Distorted this pickup has a warm smooth vintage tone, when played through a clean channel this pickup sounds very articulate and clean, but not super clean. It has a pinch of dirtiness to it. When playing single notes it has a very bubbly and clear sound. This pickup is definitely not a one trick pony. You can get great sounds for many styles
I may like this pickup better split, it's amazingly glassy and Strat-like, but it has a beefy, warm, stringy sound that carries attack and fret bounce well in full humbucking mode. It's hot as hell, but not in a gain-y way, more in the push and thump you get. Nuanced, balanced, very good. It may be called "cool" but this is a warm yet glassy rail-style pickup that is perfect for blues, rock, funk, fusion, pop, classic rock, and many other useless pigeonhole/genre terms. Let's just say it makes great sounding music.
I put this in bridge position on my Eric Johnson strat. It sounds great! Can play all styles now on my strat.
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