I live in the middle of nowhere about 80 miles from the nearest good guitar store so I'm not able to easily try things out
Basically I was thinking about getting a USA standard strat, especially to get a few Edge-like tones for some U2 covers. But it's not a huge amount more money for the hss pickup version with a bridge humbucker all of the different tonal options that brings.
I know the Edge uses the middle and bridge pick up position for a lot of his stuff on his single coils but my question is whether the same position selected on an hss strat would sound different simply because of the humbucker.
To those who have played or owned the hss strat - does it still sound like a stratocaster even with the humbucker? Can it still give me a U2 sound in this position?
90% of the stuff I play is covers and from that perspective it makes sense to go with a standard stratocaster but the tonal possibilities from the hss look cool.