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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  

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Mar 27th, 2018 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

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Mar 27th, 2018 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

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Mar 27th, 2018 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

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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.

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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.

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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.

funkmeister79

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May 11th, 2018 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been getting a very fat tone with my Strat and Fender Princeton. I'm using a J. Rockett Blue Note overdrive with the gain way up, and then I turn my guitar's volume (and tone, to taste) way down to about 4 or 5. Boom!

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May 12th, 2018 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've found that the Tonerider 'Classic Blues' TRS3 pickups have a nice thick, but still Stratty, sound. Same pickups as used in Squier Classic Vibe '60s Stratocaster. Relatively cheap, too!

Their TRS2 'City Limits' pickups might even be fatter, especially the bridge pickup, but I haven't had a chance to try those.

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May 14th, 2018 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Certainly some types of pickups may assist you in your search. Here's another option to try...

If you have a blackface type of amp (doesn't have to be Fender; it can merely incorporate the design elements of those blackface amps. My Allen Amps do this), the tone stack and the amp's volume are interactive. Try turning the volume completely up (I mean ALL the way). At the same time, turn the treble, mid, and bass controls completely off. With your guitar plugged in, slowly bring up just the treble control until you get the kind of volume and treble clarity you're looking for. Then do the same thing (to a lesser degree) with the mid control. Don't even bother with the bass. The resulting tone from your amp should give you a fatter sound from any guitar, Strat included. You will also notice that this beefier tone persists even when your guitar's volume is set pretty low. You should also notice a greater touch sensitivity in your instrument and some dynamic enhancement.

It makes for an interesting tonal option in my experience. Try it.

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May 15th, 2018 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

^Thanks for that tip. I'll try it on my amps and report back.

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May 15th, 2018 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a standard sound engineering technique when recording too: crank the amp to 9 or 10 on the volume, and then adjust the tone controls on the amp and guitar. It gets the best sound performance out of most tube amps.


It's also one of the reasons smaller tube amps are popularly used for recording because many mics can be damaged by high SPLs of more powerful amps.

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May 22nd, 2018 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I heeded stratcowboy's advice over that past few days playing through my PRRI with excellent results.

Yesterday was the best of the 3 playing sessions (at home). I used my Amer Series Strat mostly in the middle position with "Delta Tone" engaged (pup wide open). PRRI was at 10 with treble & bass at 0. With the Strat volume between 2 & 4 I got arguably the best and fattest tone I've ever achieved through that amp. Excellent lows and highs with great mids. Just a lot going on sound wise while retaining individual note clarity.

Thanks stratcowboy.


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May 22nd, 2018 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool!

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