#1
Is there a way to still have a chimey sound (ala strat chime) and thicken up overdrive sounds. I hate how my bridge pickup cuts through. Everything else is only minimally bright in that I can somewhat control it, but whenever I flick to position one for some crunchy sounds, it nearly cuts my head off and sticks out like a sword through the mains and monitors. It's not as bad on all amps, but it shows up most of the time (especially on a Flextone iii that I frequently plug in to).

So basically, I don't want muddy and I don't want a tin can clankiness and thin bite. I'd like to replace all pickups to remain balanced with whatever I do to the bridge pickup. If I don't HAVE to swap pickups, that would be great, but they are noisy. I'd say $150-$200 at most for a set or $100 for a really good pickup. I play cleans, rock, alternative rock, indie, blues, and shoegazey stuff with this guitar. Thanks.
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#3
get a stacked humbucker in the bridge
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#4
Quote by supersac
turn up your mids and bass and turn down the treble


It works on my amp, but it doesn't work as well on the Flextone iii. I should also mention the guitar is plain noisy and even if I can tame it through amp EQ, it still sounds like a guitar with thin pickups going to an amp with rolled off highs, if that makes sense.
Fender Telecaster
DeArmond M series
Vox Night Train 15 head w/Weber loaded 1x12
Dunlop DVP3 Volume (X)
Klone circuit/Russian Big Muff 2in 1
Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
TC Electronic Nova Delay
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Line 6 M5
Last edited by sg4ever at Jun 21, 2011,
#5
Go to Callaham Guitars web site, http://www.callahamguitars.com/partsstr.htm
Scroll down and look at the Callaham Base Plate $8.75. I use these in ALL my Strats.
I also get the Blender Pot $8.75.
Both are very easy to install and does wonders to a Strat
You can see videos on Youtube on how a Blender pot works so you can get an idea

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#6
If you want to just get some different pickups you can't go wrong with a set of Fender Custom Shop 69's.

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#7
Quote by supersac
turn up your mids and bass and turn down the treble


This ^^

Or buy a set of Duncan Blackouts
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#8
Sounds like you want humbuckers to me.
Personally, I'd replace the pickups with a set of single coil sized humbuckers, and put series/parallel switches for the bridge & neck so you can get single-coilish tones when they're in parallel.
#9
you could always look for a set of paul gilberts new pickups i think they are called "injectors"
for single coils i think they sound amazing
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#10
I believe you want a set of Bareknuckle Trilogy Suites. Very beastly pickups, yet still maintain that true Strat sound, without having all the side affects of your typical single coil.

You might have to stretch your budget a bit more, but they are worth it, trust me, don't put a single coil sized humbucker in there, it just ruins the strat feel.

Either that or you could just back off the tone pot bit, I did that today with a MIA Strat, worked great.
#11
lower your bridge pickup slightly (i.e. so that it sits closer to the pickguard, and further away from the strings). rinse and repeat until switching pickups isn't so jarring.

if it's already as low as it can go, raise the others slightly instead.
#12
Quote by ascend
lower your bridge pickup slightly (i.e. so that it sits closer to the pickguard, and further away from the strings). rinse and repeat until switching pickups isn't so jarring.

if it's already as low as it can go, raise the others slightly instead.

That will only make the bridge pickup sound weaker.
#14
it sounds to me like he's complaining that it jumps out too much when he switches to it, so, yeah, that's the goal my suggestion is shooting for
#15
Yeah, lower the bridge pickup a bit. You might wanna put something like a Seymour Duncan SSL-1 in there for better gain and less brightness.

Also, get some spray glue, and take off your pick guard. Take off the pickups and electronics and everything, and glue heavy duty aluminum foil to the back of the guard. Replace all hardware and electronics after cutting necessary holes.
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#16
Quote by Willowthewitch
Or buy a set of Duncan Blackouts

Yes, because the cheapest and most straightforward solution to fattening up and quieting a strat is to tear out all the electronics, buy a new pickguard, and route it for a set of active humbuckers and a battery.

The thing to assess here is whether your guitar is too thin for a strat, or too thin in general. If it's too thin for a strat tone, a decent set of pickups (lace sensors would be my suggestion) or maybe even just going up a string gauge, getting the guitar set up properly, and using pure nickel wrap strings should fix it. If the strat tone in general is too thin, you've got the wrong guitar.
#17
Quote by Roc8995
Yes, because the cheapest and most straightforward solution to fattening up and quieting a strat is to tear out all the electronics, buy a new pickguard, and route it for a set of active humbuckers and a battery.

The thing to assess here is whether your guitar is too thin for a strat, or too thin in general. If it's too thin for a strat tone, a decent set of pickups (lace sensors would be my suggestion) or maybe even just going up a string gauge, getting the guitar set up properly, and using pure nickel wrap strings should fix it. If the strat tone in general is too thin, you've got the wrong guitar.


I've heard fatter tone from strats. I do like that funky sort of thin sound, but it's a little too much for me.
Fender Telecaster
DeArmond M series
Vox Night Train 15 head w/Weber loaded 1x12
Dunlop DVP3 Volume (X)
Klone circuit/Russian Big Muff 2in 1
Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
TC Electronic Nova Delay
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Line 6 M5
#18
What gauge strings? 9's will sound a bit thin with bridge and high gain, try 10's.

Also, if 10's already, angle the bridge pickup so the low E is higher then the High E.

try the second pos and roll of the mid pickup tone slightly.

I would try all these before dishing out cash.
#19
A good option that I really found to fatten up the tone, also make the strat a bit more versatile, was throwing in the active mid-boost found in the Clapton and Buddy Guy strats. Check it out, great sound.
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#20
Rewiring the middle pickup tone knob to the bridge can help as well if you use that pickup more often.
#21
^^ with a push/pull pot so you can have it wired to both and switch.