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Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black 

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The Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup is a lead position pickup that is a direct replacement humbucker. It delivers fat, full Seymour Dunca...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 08-05-2017

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Make your Tele fatter and hotter.

The Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup is a lead position pickup that is a direct replacement humbucker. It delivers fat, full Seymour Duncan sound. The 2 thin blades with powerful coil windings combine to give you a raw, distorted rock 'n' roll tone with incredible sustain. The STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails humbucker has a 4-conductor cable.

FEATURES
  • Direct replacement humbucker
  • Fat, full sound
  • 4-conductor cable
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Seymour DuncanSTHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black
 
4.7

(based on 38 reviews)

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  • Good quality (7)
  • Improves sound (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

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Great alternative voicing for a Tele

I wanted my Telecaster to be able to play more aggressive types of music like rock and punk. The stock bridge pickup, being a single coil, sounded clear, but rather thin. It...Read complete review

I wanted my Telecaster to be able to play more aggressive types of music like rock and punk. The stock bridge pickup, being a single coil, sounded clear, but rather thin. It also hummed like a beehive with any gain on. The Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickup was a great upgrade. It has a nice thick punchy sound, yet I do not find it muddy at all. If you're looking for thicker bolder sound out of your Tele this pickup is a great option.

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To thin!

This pickup just doesn't sound good. The quality is not very good, and the sound is to thin. While I know there are some die-hard supporters of this pickup, I am not one...Read complete review

This pickup just doesn't sound good. The quality is not very good, and the sound is to thin. While I know there are some die-hard supporters of this pickup, I am not one of them. Try getting a Little 59'.. it makes my tele thinline go hand and hand with my SG.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One Trick Pony

By Mike-NC_EZ

from NYC

Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

If you want to play metal and nothing but metal on your Telecaster get this pickup today. You will never look back, it probably doesn't get any better than this. But if you just want make your Telecaster more versatile and harder rocking, like towards the Les Paul side of things, get the Little 59. It's not as hot, but it's the more versatile and overall better sounding pickup of the two. The Hot Rail gets that metal job done just fine, but it's a one-trick pony. You can split it, but the single coil option doesn't really cut it and the humbucker sound is just too powerful, dull and indifferent for those sparkling classic rock sound you might be after. Put simple, in tone language: Little 59 = Led Zeppelin. Hot Rail = Metallica.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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By Ajax

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Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

If you really like a tele but want a Les Paul type sound, this really works.
It does what it is supposed to do.
I need to revise my previous review. I wrote that we were having lots of feedback / humming problems after installing this pickup.

Turns out the cable receptical on the guitar was loose.

As soon as I tightened it, that solved the problem.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Perfect Sound

By Adam-CW_Ma

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

When I got my Tele, I knew that I was going to be getting that classic "twangy" sound from the stock pickups. And as much as I dig that sound, it just didn't allow me to play the kind of music that my band and I enjoyed playing. Even with distortion, you would be able to hear the thin, twangy sound that the Tele pickups are known for. But once I installed this bad boy, it was a world of difference! I had no idea what I was missing. The first time I plugged into my amp, it honestly sounded exactly like some of my favorite bands live! This pickup is absolutely wonderful! On top of that, I was still able to keep that Tele twang on my neck pickup! It was a win-win situation.Also, when I installed it, the instructions said to switch the wires around. However, I read somewhere not to do that, and I didn't, and everything turned out fine!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MAGIC CARPET RIDE

By Southern Cross the Dog

from Granada Hills, CA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Great Non-fender Tone
  • Great Overdriven Tones
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Classic Hard Rock
    • Classic Rock

    Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

    This is not a wimpy pickup. Nor does it possess classic tele bridge tones. It is closer to a Gibson Humbucker, in my view, than it is to a classic vintage fender bridge pickup. This is neither good nor bad. It is a matter of taste as with all pickups.

    I personally enjoy this pickup. I installed it in an Esquire build project. The Fender Esquire uses only a single bridge pickup. The HOT RAILS turned out to be a great choice for a single pickup guitar. It is aggressive, offers wonderful overdriven tones, and is best suited for Heavy Blues and Hard Rock applications. It lacks the high end response of a traditional tele bridge pickup; this is by design. When you go "HOT" with a pickup, you sacrifice some upper end chime. Chicken Pickers stuck on the "pure vintage tone" thing should avoid the HOT RAILS. It must be taken for what it is: a hot alternative to the standard. You are swapping chime for grind.

    In summary, if you want to kick it like Angus, and use your Tele, it's a good choice.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great alternative voicing for a Tele

    By ThreeEcho7

    from Northern Virginia

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    • Functional
    • Good Quality
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        Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

        I wanted my Telecaster to be able to play more aggressive types of music like rock and punk. The stock bridge pickup, being a single coil, sounded clear, but rather thin. It also hummed like a beehive with any gain on. The Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickup was a great upgrade. It has a nice thick punchy sound, yet I do not find it muddy at all. If you're looking for thicker bolder sound out of your Tele this pickup is a great option.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Tele PU

        By hayes5

        from houston, tx

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

            If you want to use these for metal, that's fine, but don't overlook the fact that they are great pick ups for your tele, period, no matter what type of music you are into. Don't confuse these with PAFs - they still give you a great "normal" tele tone (they are fine tuned for a tele), but with a lot more output. No, you will not get an original '52 butterscotch tone, but you won't get that unless you buy an actual '52 butterscotch tele. I am using these through a Bogner Mephisto amp (a tribute to the vintage amps of the 50's and 60's), and these sound fantastic. I play classic rock, no metal, and I am very happy. You can get all the twang you want, you just have to know how to set your amp up. I don't even see how the "metal" thing came into the equation with these pick ups. If you want max output from your tele with no hum, these are for you.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Hot Rails

            By Skelecaster13

            from San Benito, TX

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

            I can't even begin to describe how much my tone was improved after installing this (and the neck version) pickup. It sounds great clean and even better distorted. After installing, my friend and I jammed out to test it out and it sounded great. We played some SRV, Megadeth, Blink-182, and Coheed and sounded wonderful the entire time. I definitely recommend this pickup to anyone looking for an upgrade.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great pickup

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

            This thing is awesome. I've been playing for a little over two years. I started out with an ibanez grx40 and was looking into a new guitar. Someone I know was selling their tele and my teacher let me try her 60s tele with hot rails in it. It was the exact sound I was looking for and the neck felt great so I decided to get the hot rails after I buy the tele.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great fat sound.

            By Ryan Flinn

            from Orlando, FL

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            Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

            If your looking for a humbucker sound without having to carve your guitar out, then this is the pickup for you.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Exactally What I Was Looking for.

            By guitarhippie

            from Chicago

            Comments about Seymour Duncan STHR-1 Tele Hot Rails Pickup Black:

            I Really love my telecaster, but recently I decided that my musical tastes had taken a turn and I needed to get a much warmer sound. I decided to put this bad little thing in my tele and I've been really pleased with the new sound. It's warm and heavy but definatly not too over the top, like some active pickups I've played on. Overall I wish I could have found out about this pickup even sooner!

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