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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / How many here have the neck & bridge pup combo on there strat?

Tony F

Downtown USA

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Jan 2nd, 2013 08:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just curios how many of us have the bridge & neck pup combo. I really dig that combo for country as it's quite similar to a tele.
Tele guys please don't jump on me but it does come pretty close especially if you have a hot bridge pup.

DPH

Massachusetts, USA

Jan 2nd, 2013 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't, but I'd like to. Since I almost never use positions 2 & 4, someday I'd like to rewire my 5-way selector blade to the following:

Position 1: Bridge
Position 2: Bridge/Middle in series (humbucker like)
Position 3: Middle
Position 4: Bridge/Neck
Position 5: Neck

Fro

USA

Froman
Jan 2nd, 2013 09:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one wired up with the middle knob a master tone and the bottom knob a blender between neck & bridge. I like to blend in a little bit of the neck pickup with the bridge. It really sweetens it up.

Tyrone Shuz

USA

I'm all in!
Jan 2nd, 2013 09:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It does indeed sound very similar to a tele, and I wish my strats had it. I suppose I could mod them, but I have a killer Nocaster, and I actually play it quite a bit, so that's why the strats don't sport that combo.

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Irishman in Paris

Forget Tone - go with Note Choice
Jan 3rd, 2013 04:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have it on my strat (using a parallel blender mod, gives bridge-mid-neck combo too). But I never found much use for either sound.

On the other hand, my Silhouette Special has a similar N/B wiring, but uses one coil of the bridge humbucker which is weaker than the neck pickup. That gives a sound mid way between a tele B/N sound and a standard strat middle pickup. It's a very useful sound!

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Ch'town, PEI, Canada

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Jan 3rd, 2013 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you wire the neck and bridge in series rather than the usual parallel setup you will get a more Tele like sound. Here's one way you can do it....

Frenster Wiring Diagram

talk_2_joe

England

Jan 3rd, 2013 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had the neck wired in to a push pull vol pot to get b&n or all 3. The b&n was an extremely useable tone - bright but succulent. The one bummer is the vol pot didn't work while out. But it is a good option.

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Jan 3rd, 2013 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Three of my Strats have a "pull-on" tone 2 knob that activates the bridge pickup no matter where the selector switch is set. So, when the switch is neck only, pull out tone 2 and you have neck + bridge. If the switch in set to neck and middle, pulling out tone 2 gives you all three pickups on. That one is a very "round" tone. Note that all these settings place the pickups in parallel, not series.

9fingers

Floe, WV

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Jan 3rd, 2013 09:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the Fralin/Acme blender in place of the 2nd tone pot (1st tone as master tone). It is VERY useful to be able to dial in an infinitely variable amount of bridge pickup in with the neck pickup, or neck pickup in with bridge. I'd be lost without it!
Simple to wire up & operate.

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Santee CA

Jan 4th, 2013 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“Three of my Strats have a "pull-on" tone 2 knob that activates the bridge pickup no matter where the selector switch is set.”

I’m currently having one of my Strats modded the same as Peegoo’s thanks to a suggestion from Peegoo in a recent similar thread. I too very much like the standard Tele middle position sounds, so why not approximate it with a Strat?

I’m seriously considering also having the neck/middle position wired in series. I rarely use the neck/middle but I do like the standard “quack” from the bridge/middle setting.

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Jan 7th, 2013 03:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got a couple of Deaf Eddie's Fat-caster pots in my starts.

blues74

EU

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Jan 9th, 2013 05:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“Three of my Strats have a "pull-on" tone 2 knob that activates the bridge pickup no matter where the selector switch is set.”

I too have that, but it's on a separate switch. I don't use it that much, but it's nice to have. Actually I can only remember using it once really thinking "that's the sound I need now" in the studio. Live I use it occasionally, more like a spur of the moment thing.
It's like the middle PUP to me. Not often I need the sound, but now and then it's just the right thing.
If I need a tele sound I use one of my teles :)

Viera
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Santee CA

Jan 9th, 2013 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“If I need a tele sound I use one of my teles :)”

Me too, except like many here I like experimenting. The main reason I’m having one of my Strats modded to have the neck and bridge pup combo option is that it is my only Strat or Tele with noiseless pups. If I already had a Tele with noiseless pups (that I liked) I might not have bothered with the mod.

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