Strat Wiring Combinations: What Are You Using?

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  1. Lolaviola

    Lolaviola Supporting Member

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    Hey, looking for unusual or out of the ordinary controls for a strat...

    What do you guys like?

    Pots. switch, etc...

    I'd like the guitar to look traditional, be intuitive to use live, but also give some variation.
     
  2. cratz2

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    Most of mine are wired in some manner that allows me tone control over the bridge pickup and the ability to run the neck and bridge pickups at the same time. I have a couple with mini toggle switches and three or four with a blender pot.

    Looks-wise, you could go with a Master Volume, Master Tone and Blender Pot which, overall, is my favorite option.
     
  3. GearPaul

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    I play strats or partscasters mainly, and always make the following mods
    - wire the bottom tone to the bridge pickup instead of the middle pickup
    - install a push/pull pot as the volume, to throw the bridge pup in series
    - use a humbucker in the bridge, and add an on/on/on switch to configure the humbucker in series, parallel, or single coil
     
  4. David Garner

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    Stock EJ wiring, which is T1 neck, T2 bridge, middle wide open (no tone pot).

    I've considered changing it to wire T1 to the neck and bridge and T2 to the middle, but every time I do I remember how much I like the in-between positions with it as-is, so I don't.

    Blender pot is intriguing but file that under "every time I do I remember how much I like......"
     
  5. theaxedoctor

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    Really simple for me, I use 1 volume and 1 tone.
     
  6. major-minor

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    I just bought a nice Schecter strat with a blender pot, and I am loving it. I now will want this option on every strat I'll own.

    (Oh no..........I'm not done yet.)
     
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    ^ This, this is how I have my two Strats wired. Like David stated, it really makes the 2 & 4 positions quack like a duck! I had a blender pot in my Deluxe Ash Strat, had it removed and replaced with an RS tone pot. I replaced all the stock volume and tone pots with RS Super pots. There has been a lot of debate about this but I strongly feel that RS pots are superior to stock fender pots.
     
  8. Summa

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    I have two Strats wired 5way, MV/MT/blender pot. My other two are again a 5way with the middle and bridge jumpered to T2.

    I do like the blender.
     
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    I may be the odd one here. All of my Strats use a 4-way blade switch and a single TBX tone control (used to add high end when needed).

    Pos1: Neck Only
    Pos2: Neck + Bridge (think Tele)
    Pos3: Mid + Bridge (Strat quack)
    Pos4: Bridge Only

    For me, this really works! I've been playing Strats for over 25 years. In that time, I've really grown to dislike the Neck + Mid combination and the Mid Only never did anything for me, so I basically deleted them and add in the Neck + Bridge.

    YMMV,

    Stormin!

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  11. Lolaviola

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    Well that aint gonna work, I love the middle.

    I tried it without a tone on the middle.

    It didn't really work for me, either.

    I settled on the "American Standard" system of having Tone 2 work the mid and bridge.
     
  12. Jamie_Mitchell

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    anything where you can get neck+bridge would be the ticket for me.
    best combo sound IMO...
    tone on the bridge is nice too
     
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    I started down the "how much can I do" path and it got out of hand. '90 American Standard Strat with SD Cool Rails in Neck and Middle and a Hot Rail in the bridge. 5 way Superswitch that gave Neck, Neck/Mid, Neck/Bridge, Mid/Bridge, Bridge; plus splitter switches for all to go from 'bucker to single coil. Phase switches on top of that. Lots of different voices (15-18?). None that sounded much like a Strat I'm afraid. Some were very cool sounding though. In the end I switched it back to the standard pickup setup but got rid of the TBX tone controls.
     
  14. MT Buckaroo

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    Simple mods for me on my 4 Strats:

    Basic 5-way switching, V pot is a standard 250k pot, T1 is a no-load 250k pot for the neck and middle (to avoid having a double load in the bridge middle position), and T2 is a standard 250k pot for the bridge only. .022 PIO cap. I used to throw in a .001 treble bleed cap on the V pot, but yanked them all since I'm not a Volume knob twiddler on Strats (10 all the time, baby).
     
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    How about the 50's wiring, very simple to do...
    There is this guy who writtes for "Premier Guitar Magazine"-Dirk Wacker,
    He runs a website. - singlecoils.com- and he has a bunch of Mods for Strats !
    Awesome stuff !
     
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    1 volume, 1 tone, killswitch, 1 neck single coil, 1 humbucker.
     
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    I tone on the bridge, I on the middle and neck. I have the no load on the bridge and keep meaning to switch them, but haven't gotten around to it yet. It works.
     
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    3 way sw
    master vol
    master tone
     
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    me too.
     

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