Strat tone control wired to bridge pup ??

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  1. AndrewSimon

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    Anyone here doing this?
    Pros and cons?

    I tried it and I love what I hear... but I'm not sure, in some cases I would like to have it the other way too.

    Thanks
     
  2. jazzrat

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    It's a must for me. It makes the bridge pup actually useful on a strat.
     
  3. PierreL

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    The Eric Johnson Strat is wired liked that. That's the only way I can use a bridge pickup on a strat now for overdriven leads, makes it fatter. Cons ? I don't see any.
     
  4. strat6866

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    Why not wire one to both the bridge and middle and the other to the neck. Best of all worlds.
     
  5. DejavuDave

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    That's the ticket. I have that done to all my strats.
     
  6. DaveukRN

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    Mines wired to bridge and middle along with many other mods i've done ie. different value caps on neck and middle/bridge tone pots rather than 1 doing both, treble bleed cap on volume pot, all star ground wired to get rid of the earth loops, push/pull volume for bridge on to get neck/bridge combo and all 3 pup on combo.

    Thats the problem, you start with one mod and then over the years get completely caried away!!!
     
  7. MGT

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    My Highway 1 strat is in the shop as we "speak"...it's getting a Seymour Duncan PAF to replace the stock single coil pup and also getting a tone control (combined with the middle pickup's). Of all the pickups on a strat that need a tone control, the bridge needs it the most!
     
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    Mine is wired neck/tone1, middle/bridge/tone2. I will not use a strat that doesn't at least have this basic configuration. I also love blender wiring which mixes the neck pickup in with the bridge. A strat without a tone control on the bridge pickup is absolutely useless to me. I use the bridge pickup a lot on all of my guitars.
     
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    I like it setup like that as well. My main strat is like that. I do it so the bridge is more usable but also that the middle is more open. I love the tone of a middle with no tone control on it. To me, that's the best tonal combination you can get out of a Strat.
     
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    I've had my strat wired that way for years...love it! It really makes the bridge pickup much more useful.
     
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  11. Sherman

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    Here's another option: http://http://www.deaf-eddie.net/tonecharts.html

    It replaces the middle tone switch with a 5 way rotary switch. There are so many tonal options to be had w/the chromocaster switch. Emmett Brown (aka Deaf Eddie) is awesome when it comes to support. I've asked him so many dumb questions. I've used the switch for several years now.
     
  12. AndrewSimon

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    I want to thank everybody for the help.

    So... you can hook up the tone control to both middle and bridge pup?
    How? ..... just connect it to both lugs on the selector?

    ;)
     
  13. DaveukRN

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    put a jumper wire in as shown here

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  14. Brownface

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    I agree. Best thing I ever did to a strat.
     
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    I actually prefer keeping the middle pickup off of the tone controls for two reasons: first, I've never really found a need to roll off the high end of the middle pickup and second, I really like how the open top end of the middle pickup affects positions two and four.

    If I was trying to be clever I would:
    a. Wire one tone pot to the bridge and neck pickups and replace the second tone pot with a blender, or
    b. install a superswitch that removes the tone pots entirely from postions 2 and 4
     
  16. AndrewSimon

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    That's not a bad idea... I'm just scared it will effect the Suhr backplate operation. (arriving tomorrow :))
    I'm already in love with my upgrade but I must kill the noise, it drives me nuts unless I point the guitar to the ceiling.... LOL hard to play that way.

    :confused:
     
  17. AndrewSimon

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    Thanks for giving me some ideas.
    I think this is what I'll do:
    Make Tone1 a master tone for all 3 pups.
    Make Tone2 an on/off switch disconnecting tone circuit from the pups at any position.
    I think that would be cool... (for my needs anyway, I don't play live just in my home studio)

    Any problems here?
    (10 voicings and still keeping the traditional Strat look WOW!)

    :crazyguy
     
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    Both my strats are wired that way.
     
  19. testing1two

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    If you used a push/pull pot on your master tone for the bypass, you'd still have room for a blender pot which could give you even more voicings.

    Is it madness? Yes. Will I end up trying it? Probably.
     

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