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Adding Bridge Tone Control To Strat


Paul Marossy
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OK, so I have a H-S-S Strat which is wired with a master volume control, a tone control for the middle pickup and a tone control for the neck pickup. The bridge pickup has no tone control.

Is there is a simple way to modify the pickup switching scheme so that the bridge pickup has a tone control without messing up how the pickups switch? I can't see any way to do this without either going to a master tone contol or adding a tone control - neither of which I want to do. Am I stuck with keeping it as is? :D

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if you add a on/on dpdt mini switch or push pull pot and play around with cap values

you could have a "preset" tone that would give you one setting

or you could buy a "Ganged" pot also known as Stacked Concentric Pots

that is two pots in one and replace one of the current tone pots

hope this gives you some ideas

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Guitar nuts has this option:

http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/bridgetone.php

(might be the same as the EJ mod but I can't get it to load at the minute)

I think what I would end up doing is either making a master tone and putting a coil splitter in the hole for the second tone knob or use three of the stacked pots for a tone/volume control that's seperate for each pickup. I just don't really like the standard strat configuration--always feels like they made a mistake wiring it or something.

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The Eric Johnson Strat is wired for a bridge tone control.

Thanks, that was helpful. My pickup selector switch is a different style switch than the one in the diagram, but I see what they did. I can't seem to accomplish that with the switch that I have, or at least I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

I think what I would end up doing is either making a master tone and putting a coil splitter in the hole for the second tone knob or use three of the stacked pots for a tone/volume control that's seperate for each pickup.

More food for thought. Where in the world would you get the concentric pots?! Stewart MacDonald apparently doesn't sell those... :D

I just don't really like the standard strat configuration--always feels like they made a mistake wiring it or something.

Yeah, same here. :D

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I know this isn't the only source....4th pot down

http://guitarelectronics.zoovy.com/categor...s.2controlpots/

ill check another source that i get CTS pots cheap from

he does not have them listed but not all his stuff is

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That's what I did with my ebay partscaster strat. I had the neck and mid using the 1st tone control then the bridge pup using the 2nd tone ctrl. I then added a mini toggle switch to allow me to switch in the bridge pup whenever I wanted wherever the 5-way blade switch was. All 3 together with the mid rprw is a lovely tone.

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I had the neck and mid using the 1st tone control then the bridge pup using the 2nd tone ctrl. I then added a mini toggle switch to allow me to switch in the bridge pup whenever I wanted wherever the 5-way blade switch was.

I had a similar though, but I would rather it be automatically switched with the pickup selector switch. All three pickups does sound nice, but on the other hand, the noise adds up...

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