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Ybarra pickup wiring question.

NoahL

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I opened up a strat with 2011 Custom Shop AY pickups. They meter at 5.2 each. Found a 500k tone pot (literally meters 504k) and a treble bleed. The guitar sounds more Stratty than any I've played. Real stringy and acoustic, super-quack, all that. But it IS trebly (maybe that explains the magic?) and powerful, and my question is, is 500k plus treble bleed a common approach? Or did this luthier really experiment until he got just what he wanted?
 

walterw

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my question is, is 500k plus treble bleed a common approach?
on vintage-type strats no, it tends to be too bright or even harsh.

that said, keeping the 250k volume and opening up the tone pot values can be a viable approach to getting more brightness out of a strat; nudge a 500k tone back to like "7" and you have a 250k tone on "10" again, something not true of the volume pot.
 

NoahL

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Why is that not true on a volume pot? The answer must be simple, but I'm curious.
 

walterw

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Why is that not true on a volume pot? The answer must be simple, but I'm curious.
different kind of circuit. the volume pot uses all three lugs, and the resistance between the outer two is always the same no matter where you turn it (a "voltage divider" i believe?). a 500k volume turned down is not the same sound as a 250k pot turned up.

with the tone pots you're just using two lugs as a variable resistor; turn down the 500k tone until it reads 250k between the two lugs and you've got the same sound.
 




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