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Blender Mod Help

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by 1980, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

    380
    Dec 18, 2016
    United States
    So I will be attempting my first wiring of a strat from scratch this weekend. I plan on using the 2nd tone pot as a blender so that I can blend neck with bridge. After research, I’ve come across this wiring diagram. Does this look correct? Anyone see any issues with this diagram?


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  2. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    Ask the man himself he´s on this forum.
    Calling for @fezz parka
     
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  3. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    815
    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    Tested and approved !
     
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  4. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Yep. Its correct. :D
     
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  5. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    815
    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    I found this precise diagram in a drawer two days ago !
     
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  6. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

    380
    Dec 18, 2016
    United States
    Thank you!! Wanted to make sure I’m following a correct diagram.:thumb:
     
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  7. Dick Blackmore

    Dick Blackmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
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    547
    Jan 10, 2017
    San Diego
    The way a Strat should be wired, though, I would put a TBX tone pot in there instead of a regular one.
     

  8. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Strat-Talker

    Age:
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    171
    Mar 9, 2017
    L.A.
    I just wired mine using that exact diagram. I couldn't be happier with the results. I bought another no load pot to do the same to my other Strat.
     
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  9. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014
    Michigan
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    That's a good one.

    To give you another avenue to experiment with, I've settled into using the Dan Armstrong Blender Mod -- takes a standard SSS Strat to HSH anytime you want by twisting that blender, a little or a lot. A stealth LP.
    (I also put 4-way switches on my player Teles.)

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  10. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    815
    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    I have a pickups change to do on a Tokai, to put fralins blues special on it. I guess it's time to try this wiring !
     
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  11. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 24, 2013
    Italy
    I have a modified diagram version which works as a blender only in bridge and b+m positions, not affecting the others. If someone is interested...
     

  12. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

    380
    Dec 18, 2016
    United States
    Ok so I wired up the strat and the blend mod works perfectly! Yay.

    However, I’ve run into a couple of issues.
    1. I’m not getting hum cancling in 2 and 4 positions. I just found out that some pups are wound opposite of fender so they are out of phase? Now my head hurts.
    I have a Seymour Duncan SSL-1 in the neck, a Seymour Duncan SSL-2 RWRP in middle, and a Lindy Fralin SP 43 in the bridge.
    Shouldn’t I be getting noise cancelling with the RWRP middle and SSL-1 in the neck at least in position 4?
    Position 2 seems really weak and thin sounding.
    Is it possible to flip a pickup or reverse leads to solve this?
    I also have a 57/62 pickup I can throw in the mix if needed.

    2. The master tone seems to work fine, but when it gets to about 2 or below, the volume cuts completely. Seems like something is off here?

    Thank you all for your guidance so far. It has been a fun project and now that I know I can solder, I’m confident enough to try and tackle more mods and repairs.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017

  13. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

    380
    Dec 18, 2016
    United States
    I purchased a multimeter to aid in sorting the phase/polarity issue. Been reading all morning and still can’t wrap my brain around it.
     

  14. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    It's the way the Gibson 50s wiring works. If the volume is backed off CCW slightly, turning the tone knob full CCW will kill the volume. I like it. You can do combo volume and tone swells just with the master tone.
     
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  15. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

    380
    Dec 18, 2016
    United States
    Cool, thanks. I was worried I had wired something wrong there. I kinda like it.
     
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  16. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    For your rwrp It's easy to tell polarity. The same polarity pickup will attract top to the base of another with same polarity. The rwrp pickup will attract to the top of an opposite polarity pickup.
     
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  17. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

    380
    Dec 18, 2016
    United States
    I figured out that the bridge pickup was the one out of phase, reversed the leads and now everything is perfect. Thanks everyone!!
    Now, back to playing.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
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