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post Jan 4 2008, 04:29 PM
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I'm after some advice from fellow Fender Stratocaster players.

The issue I have is I hardly use my bridge pickup in isolation cause I find the tone too trebly and thin. I find also the tone pot has no effect in reducing the trebble but it does work when position 2 is selected and produces a good bark for distorted power chords and lead work.

I was wondering if i) my wiring is wrong or ii) is there any modifications I could do to improve my tone or iii) use an eq box to take the edge off the trebble.

Its my main axe so I can't be without it for too long if work needs doing.

How do you fellow users find you Strat?


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Ivan Milenkovic
post Jan 4 2008, 04:32 PM
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If your bridge is too trebly you have two main solutions. The cheapest one is too go to store and buy a better pot and see some electrician who can solder that. THe other one is to buy a darker humbucker pickup, maybe something liek seymor duncan 59 in single pcikup format.


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post Jan 4 2008, 04:52 PM
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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Jan 4 2008, 03:32 PM) *
If your bridge is too trebly you have two main solutions. The cheapest one is too go to store and buy a better pot and see some electrician who can solder that. THe other one is to buy a darker humbucker pickup, maybe something liek seymor duncan 59 in single pcikup format.


Yeah was thinking about putting in a humbucker as you suggested.

Been looking on the web and found that Fender Strats in thier original wiring configuration provided no tone control to the bridge pickup! There is a couple of wiring mods I've found too which I might try first before buying a new set of pickups.


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post Jan 4 2008, 05:17 PM
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solder a different value capacitor in!
capacitors cut off or reduce different frequencies so you need one that will knock off some highs.
im not sure what value to go for i can't remember. it's all over the internet though, google it or something.
ill try and find something. biggrin.gif

edit: this explains it a bit better:

Most guitars and basses with passive pickups use between .01 and .1MFD (Microfarad) tone capacitors with .02 (or .022) and .05 (or .047) being the most common choices. The capacitor and tone pot are wired together to provide a variable low pass filter. This means when the filter is engaged (tone pot is turned) only the low frequencies pass to the output jack and the high frequencies are grounded out (cut) In this application, the capacitor value determines the "cutoff frequency" of the filter and the position of the tone pot determines how much the highs (everything above the cutoff frequency) will be reduced. So the rule is: Larger capacitors will have lower cutoff frequency and sound darker in the bass setting because a wider range of frequencies is being reduced. Smaller capacitors will have a higher cutoff frequency and sound brighter in the bass setting because only the ultra high frequencies are cut. For this reason, dark sounding guitars like Les Pauls with humbuckers typically use .02MFD (or .022MFD) capacitors to cut off less of the highs and guitars like Strats and Teles with single coils typically use .05MFD capacitors to allow more treble to be rolled off. Keep in mind that the capacitor value only affects the sound when the tone control is being used (pot in the bass setting) The tone capacitor value will have little to no effect on the sound when the tone pot is in the treble setting.

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