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Strat wiring diagram for blender pot?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by atomheartmother, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. atomheartmother

    atomheartmother Senior Member

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    Does anyone know of a wiring diagram for a Strat that includes a blender pot? So basically it'd be: three SC pickups, 5 way, master volume, master tone, blender.
     
  2. stucker

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    The Lindy Fralin website has a good Strat schematic with the belender.

    Scott
     
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    Is that from Acme? That is where I'd get the pot from.
     
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    I believe it is from the Fralin site.

    -Stan
     
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    Is the blender pot 250k or 500k?
     
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    If I had to guess, I'd say 250k.

    -Stan
     
  8. Goldstrat

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    I have the one from Acme and it's pretty cool. I'm pretty sure all the pots are 250 if my memory is correct.
     
  9. xroads

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    Thanks guys! I rewired my strat using a 250k blender pot on Saturday, and I like the results I am getting so far. The schematic depicted above turns on the neck PU on if the pot is tuned down. Is that right?
     
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    Do you need a special pot for the blender or does an ordinary pot, like what is now wired as a tone pot in a strat, work for this? I've never been a big tone pot user so having it possible to bring in the neck pickup whenever I want would be cool.
     
  11. Luke V

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    If you're on the bridge pos. turning up the pot blends in the neck pickup, in the neck position, it will blend in the bridge pickup, in pos. 2 + 4, you can get all 3 pickups. The volume kit shown above is great too.
     
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    I have a Strat that came to me with a blender pot. I can't say I have found it useful. I haven't done anything to it, but I seem to keep it in the notch all of the time. Moving it from there doesn't do anything that is pleasing to my ears. I have no idea how its wired, but I think I'd prefer to just have a regular tone pot and have it connected to the Bridge pup. I have this done to one of my 4 Strats, and I love it! I actually finally use the bridge pup with a tone control! I never understood the reasoning for NOT having a tone control for that pup.
    If someone can explain the usefulness of the blender pot, next time I fire this Strat up, I'll mess with it, though. I am open minded about it.
     
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    Sean! THAT sounds interesting! So the Bridge is ON all the time, and volume control determines how much, if any, is applied to whatever selection you have? I am printing the diagram out for future reference.
     
  15. xroads

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    Scott,
    I find that turning on the bridge and neck PU (full blending in) you get an imitation of a tele sound.
    Moreover, adding just a bit of the neck PU to the bridge gives a nice crunch rhythm sound.
    Otherwise, I agree with you: the initial idea of blending had a lot more appeal to me on paper than it turned out in the real world...
     
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    frens, I recently had this wiring done, following the K7 wiring setup posted by kinmans. the thing great about it is now i have a master tone which can control the harshness of the bridge pickup. but when i tired to blend in the neck/bridge, all 3 pickups....i dun really hear that much of a difference! prob just a slight difference to my ears!

    the tech who did it for me, just used the same pots on the guitar. I understand the blender pot needs to be no load..... wats wrong with my wiring?

    Please advise.
     
  17. Stratman76

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    There seems to be some confusion here.

    A Blender pot is a no load pot - not a stock pot (pun mercilessly intended;-)

    Based on conjecture and not experience, Blender wiring provides-
    Position 1- blend potential of the Bridge and Neck pups using the Blender pot (Bridge pup also available solo)
    Position 2- Bridge and Middle pups (blends in neck pickup dependent on Blender pot setting)
    Position 3- Middle only
    Position 4- Middle and Neck (blends in bridge pickup dependent on Blender pot setting)
    Position 5- blend potential of Neck and Bridge using the Blender pot (Neck pup also available solo)

    Tone 1 is a Master Tone control for all positions.
    Tone 2 is your no load Blender pot.

    I've never done this, so I'm asking for verification. Is this correct?

    From Acme Guitarworks Strat Blender diagram-
    When the Blender is fully clockwise, it is out of the circuit and does nothing. Turning it counter clockwise in positions 1 and 2 mixes in the neck pickup; turning in counterclockwise in position 3 has no effect; turning it counterclockwise in positions 4 and 5 mixes in the bridge pickup.

    The indication here is that stock positions 2 (bridge and middle) and 4 (neck and middle) could be left "normal" provided the Blender pot is fully clockwise.
     
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    I like pictures so...

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  19. Stratman76

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    testing1two...thank you! This looks very cool. I can't see any reason not to do it? What are you giving up? When neck and bridge are blended together in positions 1 and 5, are we getting the same humbucking (noise reducing) effect as we get in 5-way stock positions 2 and 4?
     
  20. jawjatek

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    I used a slightly different wiring method for the blender pot - I only wanted it active when the bridge pickup is selected in pos 1 or 2 (move the "bridge" blender pot wire to the bridge PU terminal on the other side of the switch and wire the poles together like standard wiring). Mixing the N & B gives me a tone similar to Albert Collins tele, but I don't find that sound (or any other of the blender sounds) very useful, so I am ditching the blender and changing all my strats back to vol, neck&middle tone, bridge tone. I use standard CTS pots modified for no-load for all tone pots. I like to roll the tone way down on the bridge pickup, it gives a nice old-school growl I find very useful, and I can leave it pre-set. YMMV but this works best for me.
     

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