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Strat pickup Q

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by mischultz, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. mischultz

    mischultz Member

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    I picked up a Japanese 57RI Strat this past fall with a set of Seymour Duncan Antiquities. I love the neck and middle positions, but I haven't really bonded with the bridge. I've been toying the the height and just haven't found anywhere that it doesn't sound a little trashy - harsh, splatty, whatever you want to call it, but not quite musical.

    With that in mind I'd love to hear a few suggestions for a Strat bridge PU that's maybe smoother up top and a little more mid-forward. Essentially, I'm looking to cover classic Fender in the other two positions and maybe draw out a little more rock from the bridge, if that makes sense.

    TIA,

    Michael
     
  2. Mike9

    Mike9 Supporting Member

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    You could start by wiring the bridge pickup to its own tone pot and the neck, or neck/middle to the other. Use a good 0.047 PIO cap maybe some upgraded pots and you should see an improvement in tone as well as tone control.
     
  3. mischultz

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    Haven't upgraded the components, but I did switch the second tone to the bridge almost immediately. I'll play with the pot and cap values as well and see what transpires.

    Thanks,

    Michael
     
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    Lace Hot Gold. 6k version. Should be right on per that description.
     
  5. mischultz

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    Follow up: I have a couple other things to check out, but for the moment, I have a Fralin baseplate that I'd forgotten about in there adding girth to the bridge PU. It's close. It may be what I need when it's all said and done, but it's certainly close. Great low-cost option for those looking for a little more...

    Michael
     

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