Strat - tone control mods you appreciate

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  1. Stratman76

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    What are they?

    Audio taper or linear pots?
    A particular cap or cap value?
    Rothstein mods...
    http://www.guitar-mod.com/rg_passive.html
    Stellartone Tonestyler?
    Wiring bridge pup to tone two instead of mid pup?
    One Master tone?

    Let us know what has worked for you!
     
  2. tonio19

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    For the past year or so I have just been running a master vol in pos#1, and a master tone in pos#2.
    However I have been thinking about adding a blender in pos#3 for blending the neck and bridge pups.
    I suppose a push pull for the blender would be my first choice.
    Anyone else tried this___? Happy, or sad with your results...
     
  3. jackaroo

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    vol, neck pu tone, bridge pu tone.

    That's it with standard 250K pots.
     
  4. shane88

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    i don't believe in tone pots ...... snip snip
     
  5. HHB

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    I always put the tone from middle to bridge
     
  6. bluesjuke

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    I wonder if anyone has done a mod to make the neck pu tone do the neck and bridge with the middle tone left as is.
     
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    I have the Deaf Eddy switch, "Fat O Caster", with master tone in my strat and like it a lot. I do not have a treble bleed on the vol, but am considering adding it next time I'm in there. Lollar Blonde neck, BF middle, and Special in the bridge.

    http://www.deaf-eddie.net/tonecharts.html
     
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    I like the neck and bridge tone controls, but that Blender setup looks really cool too.
     
  10. HurricaneJesus

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    That's exactly what I did to my '57 AVRI a few weeks ago along with putting a texas special my buddy gave me into the bridge. The all-three-pickups-on setting isn't really my cuppa tea (sounds like the neck/mid position with less edge). The bridge/neck setting is where it's at, though. Well worth it for the six or so bucks it cost me.

    I went with the actual pot rather than push/pull so that I can adjust the mix between the two. I don't regret that at all.
    Thinking about giving my '65 CS RI the same treatment but that guitar is so perfect I'm afraid to mess with it.

    I've also got the treble bleed deal ready to go in but right now I'm just doing a mod a week, playing the guitar on the weekend to see the difference in an anger situation, reflecting on said mods, then doing other stuff.
     
  11. buddastrat

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    I moved the wire so the bottom tone pot would work on the bridge pickup. Sounded good on that pickup, but really made the hollow notched tone suck. It was too bright. Also noticed the middle pickup by itself became really bitey. so I ran a jumper so the neck and middle are on a tone. Much better all around. I was surprised on how much and what a 250K load does to the pickup.

    That's the only bad part of a tone on the bridge pickup, you lose a little gain out of it, even with the tone up all the way.
     
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    Try a no-load pot, then. Should clear that problem right up, I think.
     
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    Yeah I've thought about that, this is close enough for now and was free : )
     
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    Really? I like the middle being a little over bright to compensate for the treble loss on the bridge pu (tone rolled down) in pos 4. Also the middle alone sounds so open and nice for clean tones, and lastly the pos 2 sound is brighter and airier than when I had a loaded PU in the middle.

    To each his own.
     
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    No doubt about it, the Blender pot.
     
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    Yeah it didn't work for me. I don't use the middle on it's own but in position 2 it wasn't right. Didn't get the sweet Knopfler tone any more. Even having a tone on the bridge changed the cluck a little.
     
  17. HurricaneJesus

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    Free mods definitely sound the sweetest, ay?:BEER
     
  18. Seegs

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    unloaded middle pup...brightens and articulates the in-betweens and makes them more useful plus now I have a very distinct and special sounding middle pup which I have never used before doing this mod...

    I do have a .NOS 047 Cornel Dublier cap. installed as well which has a much nicer and more useable taper to it...

    through in some Rocketfire 60's pickups and an ashbody/maple neck K-line with Callaham hardware and that's it...


    Chow,
    Seegs
     
  19. Sikor

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    Hi Stewart,

    this is exactly what I am thinking! I'd like to mod my strat, so the second tone pot controls only bridge pickup. I can imagine that it's quite an easy mod, right? Even for me?

    Cheers,
    Robert
     
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    I would prefer the neck added to the bridge. Have that on my Anderson Classic (now they just do bridge to neck)...really fattens up the bridge in a tasteful manner.
     

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