How do you wire your strat?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by TheFlash, Jul 14, 2008.

How do you wire your strat?

  1. vol/neck tone/mid tone (no tone for bridge)

  2. vol/neck tone/bridge tone (no tone for mid)

  3. vol/neck tone/mid+bridge tone

  4. vol/master tone/blender knob

  5. other (describe)

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  1. TheFlash

    TheFlash Member

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    I found a strat that I love and I'm trying to decide how to wire the tone pots...tell me why you like your setup!
     
  2. GDking

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    I use a volume, midboost, master tone setup. If I had no midboost I would just have 2 knobs :)
     
  3. clothwiring

    clothwiring Supporting Member

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    I've had many configurations on Strats including some of the neat things that Kinman is doing...but I come back to just wanting a simple strat with neck and bridge tone control and no tone control on mid. Ala the Eric Johnson setup if you will. I think it works perfect.
     
  4. buddastrat

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    Normal, but no tone control on the bridge. I usually hate it. It neuters the bridge pickup. Sure it's nice to warm it occasionally, but even when it's at 10, it takes away some of the crunch and power of the bridge pickup if you A-B it. It's like the volume knob is lowered to 8-9. Just loses a little balls, I guess. Maybe a no load pot would be good.
     
  5. DrBob

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    5 way switch, Volume Pot, whilst I know that other players get incredible results from the tone pots I've never really had the delicacy of touch to get much useful out of them.

    In fact maybe the problem is that I abandoned tone pots back when I was playing Korean/Japanese/Mexican Strats with nasty small pan pots, and I've stayed with it now I've made the leap to real 'Merican' Strat types with nice big Switchcraft pots.

    A re-evaluation maybe overdue....
     
  6. RvChevron

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    The simple version with regular 5 way:

    Master volume, tone for neck and tone for bridge, no tone for mid pickup. Push/push pot (bridge tone pot) to add neck pickup.

    The less simple version with a super 5 way switch:

    Master volume, tone for neck, tone for bridge and tone for the rest of the configuration.

    Also using a push/push mini switch. First tone pot has push/push switch, and a 500K/500K concentric stacked tone pots.

    Pickup selection:
    - Neck or mid
    - Neck or mid or both in parallel, then in parallel with bridge pickup
    - Neck or mid or both in parallel, then in series with bridge pickup
    - Neck or mid or both in parallel, then in series and out of phase with bridge pickup
    - Bridge pickup

    If the bridge pickup is a humbucker, a 5 way rotary switch would be added and there would be only 2 tone pots, one for bridge pickup and one for the rest of the selection.

    The 5 way rotary controls the humbucker to get:
    - North single coil
    - South single coil
    - Both coils in parallel
    - Both coils in series, out of phase
    - Standard full output humucker

    :drink
     
  7. Dave Wakely

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    Vol/Neck - Bridge tone/middle tone and Villex passive boost wired into the jacksocket cup thing. (7db boost with slight mid boost). Can back off the middle tone to affect 3 out of 5 positions, and have the option to back off tone on the bridge there as well.
     
  8. Pappy

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    I have my neck & middle pickup wired on one tone control (the middle one) and the bridge pickup on it's own tone control. I often have the tone of the bridge pickup down to 7 or 8 and leave the other pickups on 10. I really don't like the sound of pickups without a tone control so this works great for me.
     
  9. treeofpain

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    Normal strat wiring, but tone control moved from middle to bridge pu. (No tone control on middle pu).
     
  10. crzyfngers

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    volume, no tone, 5way and a mini toggle for front/rear/all3 combinations.
     
  11. PFCG

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    1 volume one tone, 5 way, pull for neck on.
     
  12. jcoggins7

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    one master volume push/pull split coils
    one master tone push/pull add neck pickup to bridge pickup
    one master midrange tone from Rothstein
     
  13. Shiny McShine

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    I wired a push/pull pot so I can go between option 1 and 3. I always leave it in the old vintage position though.
     
  14. claudel

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    Neck and Bridge on a Telecaster 4 way switch that gives series/neck/parallel/bridge
    Middle on a blender pot in the first tone knob hole. Can add as much or as little as I want to the others.
    One tone to bind them all.
     
  15. ♫♪♫

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    blend wiring schematic on fralin site :)

    amazing variety and quality of gorgeous tone!
     
  16. KBR

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    like SRV,s

    master vol
    master tone
    dummy pot
    5 way switccraft switch
     
  17. MartinC

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    My Suhr strat has one volume and one master tone. I ordered it that way 'cos I almost never touched the tone controls on my Fender strat, so I figured I'd just keep things simple.
     
  18. SLBlues

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    Ditto. I have the exact same setup and put the bridge tone in the same exact place. Works for me. I have the pickups balanced so that if I switch back to the bridge, even with some tone rolled off, it's at or above the neck volume, which is where I want it to be. So in other words, playing with the pickup height and the physics involved with the vibrating string, I can balance the output and the tone of each position. I don't have a five way, use the traditional three way.
     
  20. bek

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    I also use Deaf-Eddie's stuff, going to a master tone/master volume setup, on a regular Strat. It's a no-brainer, cheap and easy and sounds great. I went to an SSH setup to experiment, hoping for a useable bridge-hb sound, and had Eddie wire up a 5-way to give me something a little different. 1-- neck (standard), 2-- neck/middle in parallel (standard quack), 3-- neck/middle in series plus bridge bucker (one HUGE duck!), 4-- all pickups in parallel (the bridge bucker with a lot more chime and single-coil character), 5-- bridge bucker (no coil splits here). I went with a master volume, tone on the neck only, tone on the bridge only. This setup allows great versatility, with some tones I have just never heard anywhere else. Good tones. Of course, I'm using a wonderful set of pickups from VintageVibe -- has a lot to do with it. Food for thought.
     

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