#1
Hey guys.

Hoping someone who knows a lot more about electric guitar electronics can help me out here:

I have 2 strats (one a fender squier and one a cheapy strat copy) - I have fitted both with the same pickup (SD SH-4 humbucker), however the strat copy sounds crisp and clean with a high output with decent top end sound - basically, it sounds as I would expect the SH-4 humbucker should. However the squier sounds quite muddy and the output is not as hot, less top end too.

So, I figured it was the pots. So I replaced the volume pot in the squier with a brand new, similar 250k volume pot as what is in the strat copy. I even re-wired it to bypass the tone pots completely - so it's humbucker, into volume pot - straight out to the input jack. But still it sounds a lot muddier than the strat copy, less hot with less top end.

Pickup height is pretty much the same across both guitars too.

What could be the issue? What can I try? I'm going mad lol.

Cheers guys for any help.
#2
As an experiment, put the Squire loaded PG on the copy and play it. If it still sounds muddy, its not the electrics.
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#3
I usually use 500K pots on humbuckers. That said, if you've wired it correctly, both should sound the same.
Have you taken a multimeter to it to confirm that both have the same resistance?
Do you know how to measure henries?
Last edited by dspellman at Aug 11, 2016,
#4
a DVOM, when operated correctly doesn't lie.

check out the resistance of the pickups, check the pots, switch, etc.

different guitars are different guitars though...
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