#1
i know the neck pickup is supposed to sound more bassy and mellow, but i was wondering if its normal for the treble to sound just totally flat and stagnant compared to the other pickups...

i have a fender american strat with humbuckers on it, played thru a fender deluxe tube amp. i remember hearing somewhere that humbuckers are supposed to be more bass-oriented than single coils but i was hoping there's someway to make the treble a little sharper. i tried to get to that by turning my treble knob all the way up and my mid all the way as well but it just doesnt cut it.

any thoughts? i have a very strong feeling im stuck with what i got but i was hoping someone might know another trick that i dont know.
#2
raise the pickups. equalize. Raising the pickups will make them more sensitive.
#3
I dunno, but I know fender doesn't make all-that-great HB's. I'd suggest a JB as a change, but I think they are bridge only, so I dunno. do what nyandres said, if that doesn't fix it, look for a neck p/u that's pretty trebly.
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I dunno, but I know fender doesn't make all-that-great HB's. I'd suggest a JB as a change, but I think they are bridge only, so I dunno. do what nyandres said, if that doesn't fix it, look for a neck p/u that's pretty trebly.


hmm alrite i will look into that thanks.
#5
By design/orientation, neck humbuckers are meant to be more bassy/less trebly than bridge ones. Is your Strat HH or HSH (pickup configuration)?
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#6
You might try a cheap fix (about $7.00) If you're willing, you can do this yourself, or pay a tech about $35.00 to do it.

Change the tone potentiometer.

You didn't say whether the guitar CAME with humbuckers....or whether you had the original single coils replaced. If you replaced the original single coils, you probably have the original 250k pots, which bleed off some of the treble to make single coils less "brassy" sounding. If you use those same pots with a humbucker pickup....it can add to the muddy sound you're referring to.

Humbuckers use 500k pots which allow a bit more high-end through.

Good luck!!

Dave