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Help needed - what is this weird mod ?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by nik62es, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. fezz parka

    fezz parka Off.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
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    So it adds DCR giving the guitar more mids (more winds on the pickup). :)
     
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  2. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Dec 6, 2016
    Massachusetts
    So we're only chasing tone so we can choke it now? :whistling:
     
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  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka Off.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
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    Well, that thing is generally used as a choke. In an electronic circuit with voltage present. Here it's just adding DC resistance. Moving the resonant peak just like an overwound pickup.
     
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  4. muso.greg

    muso.greg Strat-Talker

    I can't see any capacitors in the photos and (from what I can see of the wiring) the "device" is wired to replace them. You could put a DMM on it and see what readings you but I'm thinking it will have capacitance and inductance reading relevant to mid and treble cut range for guitar. Al most certainly a tone choke - any brand or markings?
     
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  5. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's a flux capacitor. Now if you can just get that Strat up to 88 MPH...:eek:
     
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  6. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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  7. nik62es

    nik62es Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 10, 2018
    Spain
    That's the 5 way selector..stock on American Standard from that year, I believe (I looked up a few more on the web and they are all identical)..not the best photo though..
     

  8. nik62es

    nik62es Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 10, 2018
    Spain
    Here some more details on the wiring...there are two wires coming from each tone pot, so there's a total of 4 wires, all different colours.. 20180210_105703 - copia - copia.jpg
     

  9. nik62es

    nik62es Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 10, 2018
    Spain
    You are spot on ! Checked on the photos and there are no capacitors in sight ! The tone controls don't work as tone controls, they serve to dial in the effect, that is all they do. I couldn't see any brand, but I didn't do a lot more than take some bad shots of it all..
     
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  10. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    A tone coil can be any number of variables.
    Wouldn't a dummy coil need to be a similar number of turns to the pickups ?
     

  11. nik62es

    nik62es Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 10, 2018
    Spain
    Can I answer a question with a question ;-) ? I have just received an email saying that because there are four wires coming from the thing, it cannot be a dummy coil and rather than a tone choke, it looks like half a MTC (needed to google that..)
     

  12. nik62es

    nik62es Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 10, 2018
    Spain
    I have done a video, hopefully this will be good enough to get this sorted/classified for what it is..