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Re: Fender Guitar Mods

Postby Elephone » Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:19 pm

Wonks wrote:Changing the polarity of a Strat pickup will give some extra tones, bit they are very thin and pretty unusable in the real world IMO.

Sounds and style... depends what you're looking for... on a Tele for example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKN4vWytGlI
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Re: Fender Guitar Mods

Postby Wonks » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:15 pm

But a Tele's not a Strat, so don't think they are equivalent just because that are both Fender guitars. Different pickups, different pickup spacing, very different sounds.

I quite liked the reversed polarity sound on my Emicaster after I changed the pickups and before I corrected it, but the normal mixed position sound is just so more useful.
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Re: Fender Guitar Mods

Postby Elephone » Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:48 am

Well, the Telecaster can mix bridge and neck. That not being available on the Strat is something I would add anyway, so I presume the presume the phase reverse would have a similar type of effect...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8beZHy7lpw

I like the idea of changing capacitors & resisters to alter the tone. This guy has created a custom dial to switch between different capacitors on his bass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ujHtoHMg8

Tone Capacitors Explained with Lindy Fralin...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t_eqST1pWQ

I know he has wired this box from inside his guitar, but can this sort of thing work outside the guitar circuit, after the output if the tone pot is left open. I mean, it's still an electrical signal...?

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Re: Fender Guitar Mods

Postby Elephone » Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:39 pm

Sorry, I was just making a point. A lot of mods to wah-wah pedals are also available, but I'm not sure why they don't offer multiple cap switches in these things anyway, even just simple screwdriver turning ones inside. Cheers!
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Re: Fender Guitar Mods

Postby Wonks » Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:53 pm

Some wahs offer a number of different sounds. I bought an EH Queen Triggered Wah when they first came out, and that had three settings. But I didn't like any of them. It would be worth a lot of money now if I'd kept it. My cry baby mini has three voice settings, but I haven't moved it off the standard position.

I also have a Wahoo wah/filter pedal, which is ridiculously variable through software, though the circuitry is all analogue (but digitally controlled). Just too OTT.
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Re: Fender Guitar Mods

Postby Studio Support Gnome » Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:29 am

Not necessarily fender, but could be a very flexible Hot rod Strat ...
My now favourite pickup combo (as fitted to three of my S series Ibanez)
Neck. = Reverse orientated Bridge version Seymour duncan P-rails , fitted with 3 way switch to give P90/humbucker/single rail
Middle , currently Dimarzio True Velvet,. but might change to something else. not utterly convinced, but it's nice enough
Bridge = Quad Rail Humbucker.... I used to use a rotary switch to give me single coil, single stack, two series stacks in parallel, or all 4 coils in series . but these days I'm just using a push-push volume pot to give me two series stacks in parallel, or two series stacks in series...

fairly discrete , just a 3 way micro toggle, and a push-push volume , plus the std 5 way switch, (with coil cut earth links on the B-side)

it's about as flexible as it gets..... not a single pointless tone.... but loads of useable variation.
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Re: Fender Guitar Mods

Postby zenguitar » Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:39 am

And you have made my main point perfectly SSG. What matters most is having different and useful sounds to hand with the minimum of switch combinations to remember.

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