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Old July 8th, 2013, 07:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Strat mod question

Hi guys,

Iv got a Deluxe players strat, Amazing guitar, but yeah I really want it to sound like a les paul but at a whim back to sounding like a strat, Iv thought about HSH config but is this the best way to go?

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Old July 8th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have that model of Strat and wouldn't change a thing. I also have a Les Paul but I don't play it, it is collecting dust at the moment. The LP's in my opinion are dull. I put a full size humbucker in the neck position of my Tele to get a LP sound but it just sounds like a Tele with a humbucker. Pedals, amps, pickups and guitars sound like what they are. No more, no less.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 3 single coil strat with a push/pull switch on the bridge tone (middle tone on a stock strat) that puts the bridge in series with whatever is selected on the switch

It gives a bump in volume and rounder sound but still quite bright as it is the bridge pickup being added.

Having done this I would suggest
1. using a mini switch, the push pull is hard to engage
2. Trying middle pickup in series with whatever, might get a thicker tone with mid+neck series which I can't get.

With this mod the switch would be stock strat, or
1. Neck + Mid series
2. Mid 3. Mid 4. Mid
5. Bridge + Mid series
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Old July 8th, 2013, 01:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Put a Dimarzio Pro Track in the neck. Great PAF tone in a dual-blade, single-coil size.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 10:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Get one of the Deaf Eddie Fat o Caster switches, it replaces a tone knob, you can get all kinds of different pickup combinations in addition to the stock 5. Series, out of phase etc...
http://www.deaf-eddie.net/switches.html

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Old July 9th, 2013, 06:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the mini toggle for the bridge in series, it comes stock on this strat model. I love the rest.

is it just a pickup switch the fat-o-caster?
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You are probably looking for a super start type pickup layout. Don't know if you need the floating trem as well.

Not sure I'd mod into that these days, but if you do hum buckers in a single coil form factor in neck and bridge are the easiest. You can also just do one if you know what Les Paul sound you like- hss with the hum bucker at the bridge is fairly common.

Coil tap switches allow you to turn the hum buckers to single coil. So you could do that as well.


However nothing exactly does what you are asking- it just approximates- but you can get close. Especially if you use a modeling amp.
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