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What is your secret to nice thick Strat tone?

Jonny D

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What is your ingredient to a nice full sound from your Strat?

Amp? Pedal? Pickup? Strings? Pick?

Do tell.
 

Scott L

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Play hard and roll the guitar volume back a tad
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and tweek your amp a little - push the front end a little and you will have more control when you dig in. Back off you pick attack will bring in more articulation.
 

Dave1

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When all else fails, try a giggity pedal. You can dial in the amount of fatness you want. It really works well.
 

Fireball XL5

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With a stock strat with stock single coil pickups I'll dial the amp up for a nice cleanish/crunch tone that sounds as fat and as full as I can get it, and then I'll use an overdrive/boost that has a good bit of mids (I like to use a Tubescreamer and/or Fulldrive 2) to fatten up the tone and give me a heavier sound with more compression and sustain.
 

Surfreak

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A good compressor, withna fast attack and just a little sustain. I use the Origin Cali 76, basically a pedal version of the 1176 you find in every studio.

I leave it permanently on when I play my Strat.
 

cratz2

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Volume on guitar set to 7 or 8 for gainy tones that aren't solos. Wire it so the second tone affects the bridge and middle pickups and roll it back a little bit when needed.

Wampler Ecstasy pedal, gain set very low, bass rolled up a bit.
 

Jonny D

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I personally fatten things with a Fulltone Fat Boost 2 and get the amp to where it starts to thicken...and stay away from my bridge pickup alone.
 

CubanB

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There's quite a bit of fatness to a neck SC, it's just that it has more treble than a HB. Most of the suggestions above work well..
 

LJD

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SSL5 bridge pickup, "neck on" mini toggle mod, ross type compressor.
 

Strat87

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I start with a good strat, string it with 11-52s, tune it to Eb, and run through an OCD into a twin reverb.
 

Birddog

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I've always liked my Les Pauls through a Fender Twin, but my Strats always sound more full through a Marshall (JVM & Haze 40) to me.

For reference, I'm talking about playing loudly, at practice and gig volumes. Something about the Marshall voicing just makes Strat tone POP for me.
 






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