Hi Guys I was about to buy a strat but I'm not sure about choosing the SSS, or the HSS model, let me explain a little bit more the situation: I had 2 strats, both of them SSS, one was a Squier bullet, the other a Fender standard mexico, I really liked both of them but they just got stolen a few months ago, so the idea is to buy again the exact same model fender mexico strat, or at least something really similar, and probably replace the Squier strat with a tele but that's a story for another day.
On the Squier which I used mostly as a beginner I really liked the "clean piano-like" tone from the 4th position (middle + bridge), and also the hum canceling property from using 2 pickups at the same time allow me to play dirty with a nice tone and without getting a headache due to the hum on that cheap guitar, in conclusion the 4th position was my favourite one, which I used most of the time for both clean and dirty sounds while I only had the squier. Then, once I got the mexico one I started using a lot more the neck pickup, but I still have some love for the middle + bridge combination making it pretty important for me.
The bad thing for me about this 2 guitars was the sound from using only the bridge pickup, I never liked it, it sounded too much nasal for me (don't know if you get me for cultural reasons, I just mean it sounded kinda when you hear someone talking with a stuffy nose but imagine that kind of sound on a guitar), can't tell for sure if the reason was because of the cheap guitar and gear (even on the fender I din't liked it either) or if it was because it was a single coil and not a humbucker, the point is, I never used that position at all.
Soooo as I didn't liked the 5 position sound, I was thinking instead of buying a fender mex SSS, to buy a HSS one, which will probably give me some reason to use the 5th position (I am definetively not a metal fan, but I like some agrresive rock sounds), the thing is as I said before, I really liked the 4th position sound, and I don't want to change it, so if choicing a HSS model affect it, maybe I'll just have to pick an SSS model again with a position I won't be using at all, so this bring me 3 questions:
1) In the case of choicing a position who uses 2 pickups on a fender 5-way switch (the 2nd or the 4th one) in which one of the pickups involved is a humbucker instead of single coil, does both coils of the humbucker pickup get activated, making it 3 coils activated at the same time, or just one of the humbucker coils gets activated in addition with the other pickup? (in standard fender and squier models)
2) Even if I buy a HSS, assuming that in the recently explained scenario (a humbucker + another pickup selected) the 3 coils get activated, can I rewire the guitar to make only one of the humbucker coils get activated, and at least in theory have the same sound of a SSS strat on a 4th position?
3) does a SSS strat on the 4th position sounds like a HSS on the same position? (maybe is not that complicated and after all both setups sound almost the same)
Thanks for reading :)