Different pots/wiring schemes for Classic '50s Strat?

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  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    I crazy-LOVE my Classic '50s Strat. Incredible value for the $, too.

    But, yeah, that inherent issue with the bridge pickup being wired to nothing but the Volume control is getting annoying.

    So what schemes/changes do you recommend? I would love to be able to control the bridge pickup's tone. And/or to be able to blend it with other pickups--ideally, the neck.

    Are there some easy and affordable options here? (That sounded like a dumb question as I wrote it.)

    I don't see the Strat as a rock machine. I play mostly for the velvet bells of the neck position, and the rich quack of position 4, and use it for not-at-all or very minimally effected sounds. A little reverb, a little delay, and that's it. It's a purity machine, for me. Even so, more control over and a richer sound from the bridge would be nice.

    Thanks for your suggestions here.
     
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    Here's a master volume, master tone with blend circuit
    https://www.mojotone.com/site/specs/2113349WD.pdf
     

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    If they can't do that they are not a tech:D

    You can but the kit or you could just buy the blender pot by itself and use your current switch and pots.
    https://www.mojotone.com/guitar-par...ojotone-CTS-250K-Blender-Guitar-Potentiometer

    The nice thing about that blender pot is that it takes the pickup out of the circuit at 10
     
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    One day I will change mine to master volume, master tone, master bass cut (a la reverend). That seems 10x more useful than separate tone controls for different pickups.
     
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    Big fan of master volume, master tone (w no-load pot) and blender, BUT if you really want a 'stealth strat" then check out Deaf Eddie's Fat -O-caster and Chromacaster switches. I've had them in both of my strats for years now and they are not coming out!
     
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    My Strat is wired with a mini toggle for 7 sounds. The bridge and middle run through a common tone control. I’m very satisfied with that. Pickup selection is easy and I like having the neck and bridge combination. I also use all three for one or two songs. My eyesight isn’t what it was. I like the idea of a blender to bring the middle pickup into a blend but I’m not sure it would give me something useful I don’t already have and reading the blend knob in subdued lighting would be difficult.
     
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