Strat 'quack' emphasis

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  1. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    Strange question, is the 'quack' in pos 2 & 4 more affected by the middle pickup being lower or higher?
    Should the middle pickup be lower than the other two for a better quack is what I'm really asking.

    Thanks,
    Buck
     
  2. brattmoore

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    Low output pickups (under 5,9K) = better quack
     
  3. hacker

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    lower down in the pickguard, if that's what you mean.
     
  4. Lolaviola

    Lolaviola Supporting Member

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    IME some pickups contain the quack gene, and produce more than others; it does not matter too much how you set them.
     
  5. Stratman76

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    and some quackers duck under the radar...

    Seriously, is there any relationship to the type of magnet? Alnico II? Alnico V?
     
  6. cbpickin

    cbpickin Tweed Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Pickup height has a little to do with it, but definitely the lower output pickups have the most influence. Less midrange gives you more quack when combining pickups. As far as magnet type, I haven't directly compared pickups of the same output with different magnet types. I have 3 sets of Lollars, one with A5, two with A2 magnets and the A2's definitely have more quack, but they are also lower output than the A5 Blackface set.
     
  7. clamdip7714

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    Trick, turn the guitar's volume down and you'll start hearing more quack assuming you have a bleed circuit installed that is. I have my pickups set pretty much the same height, expect the neck which is slightly lower. I run Fralin Vintage so they are well balanced to begin with. I get my best quack running around 6/7 on the volume with my gain stage red on bright, however amp and effects are very volume responsive.

    Oh and I am now using a 300K CTS volume pot. I kind of think it helps too, although my pot I replaced was shot. :D

    And yes, Fralins are quack approved pups. :)
     
  8. nic'o'caster

    nic'o'caster Member

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    +1

    also I use a compressor (AM bicomp) to help the inbetween positions shine !
     

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