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Best Guitars With SSS Configuration in 2022

Here you'll find the best guitars with SSS configuration. This is the pickup configuration made famous by the Stratocaster. It gives you beautiful clean tones, but also a vintage-sounding distortion. This pickup combination will sound chimey, but you might be surprised at the warmness that you can get from a single-coil at the neck position on a 22-fret guitar. The disadvantage of this configuration is the hum noise that single-coils produce due to their nature.

We've found exactly 69 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

1. Fender American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster

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Fender American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster
Playability 73
Sound 80
Build quality 86
Value for money 70
Overall Score 80
  • From Fender's 2021 American Ultra series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm bridge
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Augmented ā€œDā€ Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking tuners
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Fender American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • S-1 Switch Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

2. Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone

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Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone
Playability 80
Sound 82
Build quality 74
Value for money 79
Overall Score 79
  • From Reverend's 2021 Signature series
  • Pete Anderson Signature
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 28.625"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Chambered Korina body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Talnico Bridge (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Salnico Middle (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Salnico Neck (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Wilkinson WV6 SB (Steel Block) Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Medium Oval Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Boneite Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

3. Reverend Gil Parris Signature GPS

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Reverend Gil Parris Signature GPS
Playability 77
Sound 83
Build quality 71
Value for money 72
Overall Score 77
  • From Reverend's 2021 Signature series
  • Gil Parris Signature
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Korina body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Single-Width (Single Coil/Active)
  • Middle pickup: Fishman Fluence Single-Width (Single Coil/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Single-Width (Single Coil/Active)
  • Wilkinson WVS50K Tremolo (10.8 mm Spacing) bridge
  • 1 volume and 3 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Medium Oval Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Reverend Gil Parris Signature GPS
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Boneite Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

4. Schecter Nick Johnston USA Signature

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Schecter Nick Johnston USA Signature
Playability 77
Sound 79
Build quality 77
Value for money 68
Overall Score 78
  • From Schecter's 2017 Artist series
  • Nick Johnston Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Contoured 4-Bolt Wenge neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Nick Johnston Signature Atomic Set (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Schecter USA Nick Johnston Signature Atomic Set (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Nick Johnston Signature Atomic Set (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Schecter Vintage 2-Point Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Nick Johnston Custom C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Schecter/Hipshot Staggered Locking Tuners tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Nick Johnston USA Signature
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

5. Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider S

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Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider S
Playability 77
Sound 82
Build quality 75
Value for money 78
Overall Score 78
  • From Reverend's 2021 Signature series
  • Pete Anderson Signature
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Chambered Korina body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Talnico Bridge (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Salnico Middle (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Salnico Neck (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Wilkinson WVS50 IIK Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Medium Oval Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider S
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Boneite Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

6. Music Man Albert Lee

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Music Man Albert Lee
Playability 72
Sound 77
Build quality 84
Value for money 68
Overall Score 78
  • From Music Man's 2015 Albert Lee series
  • Albert Lee Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" Fretboard Radius
  • Southern Ash body
  • Figured Maple neck
  • Figured Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Albert Lee Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan Albert Lee Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Albert Lee Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Music Man vintage tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Albert Lee Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schaller M6-IND locking tuners
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Music Man Albert Lee
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

7. Music Man Cutlass HT SSS

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Music Man Cutlass HT SSS
Playability 72
Sound 79
Build quality 85
Value for money 69
Overall Score 79
  • From Music Man's 2022 HT series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Figured Maple neck
  • Brulee & Raspberry Burst Figured Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Music Man Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Music Man Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Music Man Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Music Man Modern Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • HT Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schaller M6-IND locking tuners
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Music Man Cutlass HT SSS
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Boost Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

8. Music Man Cutlass RS SSS

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Music Man Cutlass RS SSS
Playability 72
Sound 77
Build quality 83
Value for money 67
Overall Score 77
  • From Music Man's 2017 Cutlass RS series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Figured Maple neck
  • Roasted Figured Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Music Man Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Music Man Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Music Man Custom Single Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Music Man Modern Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Cutlass RS Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schaller M6-IND locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Music Man Cutlass RS SSS
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

9. Schecter Robert Smith UltraCure VI

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Schecter Robert Smith UltraCure VI
Playability 82
Sound 78
Build quality 70
Value for money 77
Overall Score 77
  • From Schecter's 2011 Artist series
  • Robert Smith Signature
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 30"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple 3-pc w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SJAG-1B (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan SJAG-1M (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan SJAG-1N (Single Coil/Passive)
  • TonePros System w/Custom Brass Saddles bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Robert Smith UltraCure VI
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

10. Fender American Ultra Stratocaster

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Fender American Ultra Stratocaster
Playability 73
Sound 80
Build quality 77
Value for money 67
Overall Score 77
  • From Fender's 2019 American Ultra series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm bridge
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Ultra Modern D Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender American Ultra Stratocaster
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • S-1 Switch Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Woods
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay