Strat Pickup wiring question??

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  1. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    Not sure where to post,
    but last week I was talking to a repair tech friend...
    ( who did a hell of a setup and fixed PU wiring on my Martin)

    ...About changing the PU wiring on my Strat ( originally stock) whose rear Tone Control, now works both middle AND bridge pickups, to a switching option that allows me to have the stock ' wide open' no Tone control on bridge pickup?

    He told me he could do this, but told me that when you turn the Tone control all the way UP, you are taking Tone control out of the circuit ( as they are passive/subtractive only) therefore it is 'wide open' - I guess I thought there was a difference? ( rawer/touch more Gain)

    So just checking is this true?
    Bridge PU NO Tone control wired=
    Bridge PU with cranked Tone control?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    Bumpy bump!
     
  3. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    Ya for the most part he is right on. Those that claim to have (or wish you to believe they do) a doctorate in electrical engineering will argue otherwise, and bla bla bla.

    In a true A/B BLIND test, tone control there, tone control not............some MAY notice a difference, but then again, who's to say the difference means jack anyway.

    A lot of times these differences are like splitting hairs. I wouldn't sweet it, either way not anything earth shaddering.

    I'm a believer in what the ears tell you, not what books or theory claim thing to be.

    Option:
    The tone control on the bridge is a must have I would say. To not loose that option, and if a person is of the camp that doesn't want any interference there, then you could put a no load pot there...........then at 10 (detent position) it is truly out of the game.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0OBD94/?tag=tdpri-20

    https://guitarelectronics.com/cts-250k-no-load-tone-pot/
     
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    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks guys for info/ comment- have bookmarked CTS pot

    My tech buddy said that " Technically there may a difference, but you would never hear it!"
    Maybe I would? I have 'magic ears'!
     
  6. AlbertaGriff

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    Fender put those 'no load' tone pots in the last of the American Standards (2012-2017). I had one, and I found it to be noticeable... although you can't really compare the "no-load" bit to the tone on 10, since it falls out of the circuit apparently. But turning the tone to 9.5 brought on a fairly significant change in sound.
     
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