My Seymour Duncan Vintage Rails Review. The Vintage Rail pickup is part of the Hot Rails, Vintage Rails and Cool Rails set. The Vintage Rail pickup is designed to replace the single coil pickups of the Fender Stratocaster and any Stratocaster type guitar with a single coil pickup slot. It comes in white or black.
Does it Sound Good?
This is a very good sounding pickup. It really sounds like a single coil. The advantage is that it will not hum as it is a humbucker. So if you want to be more aggressive and want to dial some gain in your amps, this pickup will not hum plus you still have the characteristic single coil sound and looks.
Is This a Drop- in Replacement?
This is a drop-in replacement for guitars with single coil pickup slots. This is designed to replace the middle pickup of the Fender Stratocaster or any Stratocaster type guitar. There is no modification required for the pickguards as it will fit perfectly into the slot. There you go, the sound and the looks of the Stratocaster is preserved but minus the hum.
Does it Cancel Guitar Hum?
Single coil pickups will hum and it is the reason why rockers tend to sway away from single coil pickups. Yngwie Malmsteen is just an exception. This pickup will fit in a single coil slot but this is a humbucker so it will cancel the hum.
Seymour Duncan Vintage Rail Pickup Price
This pickup is part of the Hot Rails, Vintage Rails, and Cool Rails set but it can be purchased individually. It will cost $85 plus shipping and installation fees for this upgrade. Pickups are very easy to install, you do not need a guitar technician. Just simple soldering skills are required to do it and some money can be saved. It is fun to work on guitars too.
Is this good for coil splitting?
I do not recommend coil splitting for any single coil sized humbuckers because it will produce a tiny sounding pickup. It is not satisfactory to my ears. The only rail pickup I recommend for coil splitting is the Seymour Duncan P-Rails pickup.
What is the difference between the rails of the Vintage Rails and the Rails of the P-Rails? The rail side of the P-Rails pickup is designed for coil splitting. The vintage rails pickup is designed to be used as provided which is full humbucker, meaning the two coils are wired in series.
The Seymour Duncan Vintage Rails pickup comes with four wires so somebody would always think this is suitable for coil splitting. It can be done but the result is not that good. I even experimented to wire the pickup as a parallel humbucker but I still did not like the sound.
If you need a pickup to replace your single coil pickups and you want to preserve the single coil sound of your guitar without the hum, this is the pickup you need. I recommend that this pickup is installed as per the configuration it is designed. Do not bother to make any rewiring as the results would be far from satisfactory.
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