Hi, so in my Strat I have an HSH configuration with some really cheap pickups and I've wanted to get some new ones so what should I get? I know Jerry used an Sds 1 and two Super 2s. But I see Dimarzio now offers Super Distortions and Super 2s, any differences, or preferences? Also, any specific switches to split the coils?
they also have dual sounds(same as a super distortion with no switch) that come with a switch.
Jerry played a lot of pickups, super 2's and an sds1 in the neck are only certain years some pickups went months or even days. If you are digging a certain tone of his, shoot in that direction! why would you go any other? If you want your own sound with some Jerry sprinkled in, that comes down to how well you can cop his approach to the instrument. You don't need any pickups, speakers amps or effects to get there first. An acoustic should do the trick in that regard. You need to know the vocabulary he was using at that time as well. The rabbit hole is long and deep, not light and not cheap. The Mouth of the Beast is a real deal and is like chasing the dragon in that it can be very addictive and expensive hobby. Know that he used a strategic guitar setup to his exact specs both physical and wiring. First he found his guitar setup with Alligator, then moved to the wiring with Wolf and the Beans and Effects live, then Tiger and the Rosebud and finally Bolt HOWEVER, for the majority of all that it was a modified Fender Twin Reverb preamped out into a McIntosh into JBL speakers. I have been researching all this for much too long to try and lead you astray. IMHO Want to sound like Jerry, first learn to play with his feel and touch, then get the gear closest to what he was using at the time for the extreme right side of this argument, or you can just turn knobs and get all those tones just by simply knowing his vocabulary on the instrument, which is the extreme left of the argument. In that regard pick any pickup you want because Jerry sounded like Jerry on whatever he played. The choice is all yours on what pickups you are after, what do your ears tell you that you are after? what lines or runs , what shows, What are you trying to sculpt?