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Does Illich stock wiring for RWRP cause pickup bleed?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by itsGiusto, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. itsGiusto

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    See Illich's suggested wiring for stock strat with neck and bridge tone control:
    https://www.ilitchelectronics.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/hex005E.pdf

    Ordinarily on a strat switch, the connection to the tone pots will be on the other pole of the selector switch, separate from the leads coming directly from the pickups. But in Illich's suggested diagram, the tone-pot leads are connected directly to the lead coming from the pickup. They do this so they can free up the other pole on the switch for cancelling out their noise-reduction coil in positions 2 and 4.

    Doesn't this cause the bridge and neck pickup to bleed into each other a little bit? If, for example, you turned both tone pots completely down, the neck pickup would be entirely connected to the bridge pickup, and positions 1 and 5 on the pickup selector would sound exactly the same as each other. Turning the tone pots up will lessen this bleed effect, but won't there still be frequencies from the bridge bleeding over into the output, even when the neck is selected?
     
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    Email them and ask.
     
  3. itsGiusto

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    No need, I'm 100% confident it does. Both from an electrical standpoint (see above about of both tone knobs are down, bridge and neck positions are identical) and from trying it out and hearing the bleed myself.

    And afterall, this bleed is probably why Fender originally put the tone knob leads on a separate pole on the pickup switch. That way it completely removes the other pickup from the circuit when it's not selected.
     
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