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jellybones
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Mar 26th, 2018 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Went to a friend's house to jam with my 97 Am Std strat plugged directly into his Fender Deluxe amp. Try as I might, I couldn't get my sound to "fatten up." Neck pickup, tone rolled off a little, guitar volume knob turned up. On the amp, gain about 5,volume at 5, master volume around 2 or so.

Don't know if this is more of a strat question or an amp question, but where did I go wrong and how can I fix things?

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Mar 26th, 2018 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

What kind of music are you playing?

A compressor and a Tube Screamer are a few things that you might want to toss in your gig bag.


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Mar 26th, 2018 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another thing to do is play somewhere between the middle and neck pickups.

Leaving your picking hand near the bridge makes the tone lean harder toward the treble side of things.

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Mar 26th, 2018 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. I have a Keeley compressor and a tube screamer but in this instance I was trying to go au naturel and let the amp do the work.

I tend to play/strum/pick over the neck pick up, everything from Cheap Trick to Everclear to UFO. But strictly rhythm; I don’t want to make it cry or sing.





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Mar 26th, 2018 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Guitar George!


I thought that was you!

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Mar 26th, 2018 11:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

My sweet Lord! You figured it out.

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Mar 27th, 2018 03:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Boosting the mids is the thing. Tube Screamer, Marshall amp or something similar with more mids than your Deluxe; mid control turned up on an amp that has it; I've got a baseplate on the bridge pickup of my CS54's which helps a lot, in theory you could have one on every pickup although I don't know anyone that does, but it's a cheap and easy mod to try; or different pickups.

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Mar 27th, 2018 05:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's probably the amp, not your Strat since you're using the neck pickup.

Also, the Tubescreamer has a tone control and there are tone knobs on your Strat.

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Mar 27th, 2018 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

As long as you have a daytime job.

You’re doin’ alright.

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Mar 27th, 2018 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

And remember to save it up for Friday night.

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Mar 27th, 2018 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Toro toro taxi

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Mar 27th, 2018 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

See you 'morrow, my son.

That song could be a Steely Dan song, when you stop and think about the lyrics.)

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Mar 28th, 2018 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

When I said above that I didn't know of anyone who puts base plates on all their strat pickups I was thinking of players. But I've just remembered that Bare Knuckle put them on all positions in their Irish Tour set as stock. I know these well, I'm looking after a strat with them on at the moment while a friend is away, and can certainly vouch for them having a bigger fatter midrange and low end. Or a very similar pickup which might work out to be a similar price as you're in the US and which I also love greatly and have played a lot recently, is the Amalfitano SP.

There's something very immediate about both these pickups, you plug in and the sound is all there. I have to admit that after many years of liking classic clean strat tones and playing with CS54's, I'm going over to these slightly hotter, fuller ones now for that bigger, but not too hot, sound.

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Mar 29th, 2018 03:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's one of the ingredients to keeping a Telecaster's bridge pickup (and many classic lap steels) sounding big and fat.

The metal base plate does make a difference in a pickup's tone and response.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 06:00 AM, Mar 29th, 2018)

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Mar 29th, 2018 02:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I will have to check that out. I have a tele that I love dearly, too. For some reason, my strat and tele are easier to play than my CS336 so I play them almost all the time. Would love to fatten the tone as needed and maybe this is just the ticket.

ejm

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Mar 29th, 2018 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you are open to adding a pedal one that hasn't been mentioned: A Boss GE-7 GEQ. I heard a lot about this pedal for years and just sort of blew it off. I have recently become a convert and can see where this pedal can solve several problems. It can buffer, it can EQ, and it can boost all in one.


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Apr 15th, 2018 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fat 50's pickups did it for me. Lots of quack, I really love these pickups.

stinger22

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May 10th, 2018 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Fat 50's pickups did it for me. Lots of quack, I really love these pickups."

Same here.

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May 10th, 2018 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep! Same here.

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May 11th, 2018 03:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'd also point out that if you're using a Deluxe with a master volume - it's either a SS era one or a HRD/BD.

That amp isn't "doing the work" at 2 - it's barely going.

You're going to probably want pedals.

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