FDP Home Page / FDP Forum / FAQ's

The FDP is made possible by the following companies and individual members like you.
Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship.

Amplified Parts

Amazon

Antique Electronics Supply

Guitar Center

Sweetwater

MOD KITS DIY

WD Music

Jensen Loudspeakers

Apex Tube Matching

Musician's Friend

Yellowjackets Tube Converters


* God bless America and our men and women in uniform *

* Illegitimi non carborundum! *

If you benefit and learn from the FDP and enjoy our site, please help support us and become a Contributing Member or make a Donation today! The FDP counts on YOU to help keep the site going with an annual contribution. It's quick and easy with PayPal. Please do it TODAY!

Chris Greene, Host & Founder

LOST YOUR PASSWORD?

......................................................................

   
FDP Jam
Calendar
Find musicians
in your area!
  Search the Forums  

FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / American Special Stratocaster HSS

dustoff

USA/Illinois

Turn it UP !
Jun 10th, 2016 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This strat has Texas Specials in the neck and middle an an Atomic humbucker in the bridge. The humbucker sounds a little thin to me so I'm looking to replace it. Any suggestions ?

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
******

Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Repeat
Jun 11th, 2016 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are plenty of great-sounding humbuckers out there by Duncan, Dimarzio, and many others that sound fantastic.

Before you get the soldering stick out, first make sure it's not a setup issue causing the pickup to sound thin. Try this:

Lay the guitar flat, face up, on a table. Place a penny atop the humbucker's low E pole. Press the low E string lightly to the highest fret, and while holding the string to the fret, use a screwdriver to raise the pickup so the penny is almost in contact with the string.

Do the same for the high E.

If you had to raise the pickup quite a bit--that may have fixed the problem. Many pickups are set too low and they sound anemic as a result.

dustoff

USA/Illinois

Turn it UP !
Jun 13th, 2016 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo. I'll give that a try. Completely forgot about pickup height....

dustoff

USA/Illinois

Turn it UP !
Jun 14th, 2016 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo....Thanks a bunch. I raised the pickup height and it sounds GREAT

Purple Valley
Contributing Member
*********

USA

Jun 14th, 2016 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Once again, Peegoo tips his Stetson and rides off into the sunset...as the women sigh and the children look on with awe and amazement...



5Strats
Contributing Member
**********
********

Edmond/OKC

AXE VICTIM
Jun 20th, 2016 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Who was that masked man who came and saved the day? (;oD

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
******

Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Repeat
Jun 20th, 2016 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...as the women sigh and the children look on with awe and amazement..."

...and the sheep won't be able so sit down for weeks."





Glad that worked for ewe, dustoff!


C what I did there? haha

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
******

Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Repeat
Jun 20th, 2016 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh yeah...same goes for neck pickups...but instead of a penny, use a nickel.

Another way to do this, but using hex keys: hold the long end of a 1/16" hex key, and slip the short L-shaped portion between the string and bridge pickup's pole as you lightly press that string to the highest fret. The key should just barely squeak in there without moving the string.

For the neck pickup, use a 3/32" key.

And while we're on coins...

You can easily test your string action with a US quarter (or a 1/16" hex key): with the guitar laying flat on its back and without pressing a string to any fret, slip the edge of a quarter between the 12th fret and any string. It should just barely slip on there without moving the string. If the string moves, the action is too low. Note: this assumes your neck's relief (curvature) is properly adjusted with the truss rod.

These coin/key tricks are a good general reference for the distances needed for good tone and playability.

Of course you can tweak things to your own preferences, but this advice here is always a great starting point.

Rock on.

Power Trio

Long Island

Jul 13th, 2016 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i was going to say that the HSS was one of the best sounding no frill strats so to speak that I played in a long time. anyone I played I was happy with.

I have the SSS one and although nice the HSS imo blows it away.

I did ditch the grease bucket circuit and rewired it to standard specs leaving the middle with no tone control.

the grease bucket I think is an over glorified treble bleed and my the fusion and studio work I do didn't cut it to well

FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / American Special Stratocaster HSS




Reply to this Topic
Display my email address             Lost your password?
Your Message:
Link Address (URL):
Link Title:




Moderators: Chris Greene  Iron Man  reverendrob  

FDP, LLC Privacy Policy: Your real name, username, and email
are held in confidence and not disclosed to any third parties, sold, or
used for anything other than FDP Forum registration unless you specifically authorize disclosure.

Furtkamp.com 
Internet Application Development

Copyright © 1999-2017 Fender Discussion Page, LLC   All Rights Reserved