How To Beef Up Your Strat Tone A Simple Wiring Mod Tutorial

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  1. RaSTuS26

    RaSTuS26 Senior Member

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    Best thing (rather than derailing this thread) would be to create a thread in the Intro section and just answer the well wishers as they come along.

    Introductions - MyLesPaul.com
     
  2. woodmusic

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    Yes, sorry, was just joking.

    Anyway, I hope there is more input here on this great Strat mod.

    Regards.
     
  3. Patugart

    Patugart Junior Member

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    Hello I have a fender S S H guitar can I do this mod?

    the mod works ith a pushpull pot for my guitar thanks a lot =)
     
  4. woodmusic

    woodmusic Junior Member

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    This is for single coil pickups, to make them sound like humbuckers.
    You already have a humbucker. If you want to do it just with the
    single coils pickups, there are some other mods.

    Here you have this mod and some others:

    SOME SERIES, PARALLEL, AND OUT OF PHASE SWITCHING TRICKS

    And here you have some mods for HSS guitars like yours:

    https://sites.google.com/site/phostenixwiringdiagrams/hss-guitars
     
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  5. Hipatch3

    Hipatch3 Junior Member

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    cant find this mod anywhere and your pics arent working..
     
  6. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    This is the picture of the back of the switch.

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    This might be useful also common selector switch layouts.


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  7. twst1up

    twst1up Senior Member

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    I've been wanting to drop an x2n in my strat....this might be an option to they first
     
  8. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    I tried to do the mod in the picture,But my hands shake and i couldn't solder on the back of the switch:(. don't let the pic fool you its a mini switch and its very cramped on the back.
     
  9. Hipatch3

    Hipatch3 Junior Member

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    word thanks chasen

    im confused by this step though - "Next we will need to solder the two wires in the middle of the switch to the appropriate grounds(labeled above) this is where you will use the heat shrink or electrical tape, make sure these two wires dont touch anything else."

    where do i ground the middle and bridge?
     
  10. woodmusic

    woodmusic Junior Member

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    Hi,

    Here you have the same mod, but better explained. It´s
    "PROJECT THREE - TWO PUPS (OF THREE) IN SERIES":

    SOME SERIES, PARALLEL, AND OUT OF PHASE SWITCHING TRICKS

    Also, on the top of the page, you have a picture of a
    push/pull pot with each lug labeled so you don´t get
    confused. Imagine you hold the external end of the pot,
    the shaft, on top facing towards you; therefore A and D
    lugs are on top, and C and F lugs are on the bottom.

    Here´s where you have to solder the bridge and middle
    ground wires:

    Move the middle pup negative lead to LUG "B" lug.
    Move the bridge pup negative lead to LUG "E" lug.

    I hope you get it now. Good luck!

    Cheers.
     
  11. Hipatch3

    Hipatch3 Junior Member

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    awesome figured it out, i was hoping to get a brighter 'bridgier' humbucker tone from this mod but its more jazzy quacky middle position tones but still very cool.
    I also added a little jump wire so i can have tone control for the bridge pup

    thanks for the help wood :)
     
  12. woodmusic

    woodmusic Junior Member

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    Hi,

    Did you try the bridge and neck combination which is activated
    by placing the pickup selector in the bridge position? This
    combination sounds brighter and not quacky. It shouldn´t
    sound quacky because these pickups are further apart. Mine
    doesn´t, and has a brighter tone than the neck and middle
    combination. Neck and middle sounds fatter and a bit quacky,
    not as much as in standard configuration though, and yes, it´s
    a warmer fatter jazzy tone.

    Of course, the tone you get depends on the pickups you use.
    My bridge pickup is a Seymour Duncan ssl-5, David Gilmour´s
    pickup, which is a hot pickup, and when in series with the
    neck pickup, I get an even warmer hotter humbucker type of
    tone but still bright and not quacky.

    Cheers.
     
  13. lighterfluid97

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    Very, very cool! Looking at the switch used and the thick tone coming from the amp, I'm assuming that this is what Joe Perry had on his strat when they performed "Train Kept A Rollin" on 'Midnight Special' in 1974

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxXI2BPRzaA]Re: AEROSMITH - Train Kept A Rollin' ,1974 - YouTube[/ame]
     
  14. greybox

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    I did this mod today but ended up using a 3 position mini switch, down is regular strat sounds, up is the modded sounds - cool accident, when mini switch is on off and reg switch is in positions 3-5 it mutes the guitar - perfect for in between songs or when changing cord/cables/pedals/amp setting - etc!

    The mod works awesome by the way! Thanks!
     
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  16. Darkstream

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    I love this mod, can I achieve the exact same mod with a push/pull switch?
    I've seen a diagram for one, but for position 3 it has bridge and middle parallel ran in series with the neck, which is opposite of yours.
    Any reply and help with a diagram would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

    -Cheers
     
  17. J-E-M

    J-E-M Member

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    I've tried this mod before, and I found that if the neck and bridge pickups have similar output strength a quacky tone is the result. When I tried a hotter bridge pickup - about 60% more resistance than the neck pickup - there was hardly any quack at all. Either way, cool tones.
    These days I'm using substantially overwound pickups - they're already quite beefy in sound, so a series connection between the neck and bridge pickups would be insane. :eek:
     
  18. Frogfur

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    Very informative, and interesting thank you.
    I took the easier route and added a blender pot,madter volume and tone to mine and thst works for me.
    But this is really groovy too.
     
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    Yeah, Fralin Blender as well on my MIM. I have a push-pull on my Partscaster for neck/bridge combining.
     
  20. paco1976

    paco1976 Senior Member

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    Amaaaaaaazing mod!!!! Best Strat sound ever.

    Made it today and still can't believe how good the bridge pup is sounding now.

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