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Fatter tone from extremely bright strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Mcawesome57, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think that the problem with the Classic Player 60s, which otherwise is a very nice guitar, is the use of staggered pole pickups and a 12" fretboard radius. It's barely possible to lower the pickups enough to get a balanced sound.
     
  2. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes!

    Great pickups for a vintage radius Strat, even 9.5 you can make them work fine.

    But that is an often overlooked detail and a very good point against using Custom 69's on the Classic Players 12" radius.

    Fender should have used at least a modern stagger on those, if not flat.
     
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  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They sound much better with flats. I'm really not a pickup changer, but that's one guitar that begs for it.
     
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    Agreed! I had a set of CS Texas Specials in a guitar with a 16" radius and it was impossible to get volume balance. Put in flatter Seymour Duncan hot for Strat pickups and problem solved.
     
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  5. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

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    For a 12" radius, I much prefer flat pole pickups if you have the choice.
     
  6. plectrumelectru

    plectrumelectru Strat-Talk Member

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    Use your Tone knob, or replace with lower output pickups but changing to quality CTS 450 G pots and an Emerson cap .o22 or an orange drop cap at .o22 cap Follow the wire from the middle control pot to the selector switch and solder a short piece of wire to the middle inner lug ( bridge tone ) of the selector switch. Or give it its own tone knob. Strat player should have a good idea of how to use the controls as it was designed to be manipulated this way. Be expressive
     
  7. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Try a seymour duncan cool rail.
     
  8. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

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    The Cool Rail is a really bright pickup. It is sort of like the single coil-sized version of the Jazz. A Hot Rail is much much darker, but also much much louder than normal single coils.
     
  9. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    I misread the thread on the position of the pickup
    I got a cool rail in the neck on a strat and it's not bright at all.
    I do prefer the hot rail in the bridge however
     
  10. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster

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    OK. I can't dispute your experience, but the Cool Rails, when wired correctly, is the brightest single coil-sized humbucker (wired in series).
     
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