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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Gilmourfan75, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Gilmourfan75

    Gilmourfan75 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 28, 2013
    myrtle beach via ny
    I just got done putting this together . Mim standard , Locking Tuners , babicz trem and loaded Seymour Hendrix pickups . Came out nice, but man does it sound bright and harsh! I was expecting a somewhat low out put smoother sound. Only thing I can think is that I tried daddario Strong’s 10-46 for the 1st time . Could that be it? Are they a notorious bright string? IMG_1080.JPG
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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    What strings did you use before? D'Addario are very bright when new....
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  3. Gilmourfan75

    Gilmourfan75 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 28, 2013
    myrtle beach via ny
    Most of the time just fender or fender bullets. Sometimes slinky’s but found those bright too.
  4. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    I don't know, man. The sample on the Seymour site is pretty bright, imo. I use D'Addario NYXLs because they sound mellower to me and last a long time. YMMV
    My other thought is pickup height adjustment. Oh, there's always those tone knob thingies on the guitar and amplifier.
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  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    D'Addarios are a little brighter when new, most strings are.
  6. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lewisville, TX
    Usually new strings sound more full, not usually what you would call harsh.

    I say look at the amp. The EQ you use for other pickups might need to be adjusted for these. And also, harshness in my opinion usually comes from upper mids.
  7. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    The Billy Gibbons strings or GHS Burnished something or other are not so bright. .but, you know you have a Strat, right.
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  8. Gilmourfan75

    Gilmourfan75 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 28, 2013
    myrtle beach via ny
    Yeah, this is one of 4 that I have . It’s a bit more than normal (or what I’m used to anyway). I just put a set of rails (vintage/cool/hot )in another mim a few weeks ago and these are actually louder and distorting a bit on the top end on their own.

    I’ve already adjusted the pup height . A bit better but still strange. Maybe just the way they are. I’m gonna try different strings if I can get to the store and see if that’s it...
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  9. Strat-Slinger

    Strat-Slinger Senior Stratmaster

    Grab a set of D'addario pure nickel strings.. Ernie Ball makes the "Rock n Roll" sets... those are all nickel strings asw ell... they're definitely "warmer".. should help tame the "bright" down some..
  10. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Don't be afraid to lower the pickups even more. You can always rase them easily.
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  11. Ebidis

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

    Nov 14, 2013
    I've been using D'Addario's for many years. They are not extraordinarily bright. They are in the same neighborhood as other popular strings, EB, GHS, Fender, Gibson, etc.

    I suspect it may be the pickups.
  12. NickRoberts

    NickRoberts Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 12, 2018
    Looking good man. I hope you get you're tone.

    Maybe put the old trem back in and compare.

    Process of elimination.
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  13. Gilmourfan75

    Gilmourfan75 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 28, 2013
    myrtle beach via ny
    I went and got some new strings today. Some elixir poly webs. Very subtle difference , but it sounds good to me now. Probably my ears adjusting to it and getting used to the pups.

    Now another question... having some grounding issues, actually on both strats I wired myself. The pickguards I got were loaded , pretty much pre wired except for the jack. I made sure I had the hot wire and ground soldered to th right clips , good clean solder connection.... but there is a very light buzz only when I play. If I let off the strings it gone, also goes away when i touch the cable(I guess I become the ground). Very simple as the pickguard is already pretty much done when shipped. Hard to mess up. Any ideas?
  14. Strat-Slinger

    Strat-Slinger Senior Stratmaster

    Double (even triple) check:
    1. the jack connection/solder (I know it seems redundant but, if the guard is coming off for inspections... may as well make sure the jack is 100% spot on and connected up proper)
    2. make sure the ground to the claw is good
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  15. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    2. make sure the ground to the claw is good
    This is where I would start
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  16. Gilmourfan75

    Gilmourfan75 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 28, 2013
    myrtle beach via ny
    Took the pickguard off and found that my ground to the tone pot had popped off. All good and quiet now !
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  17. Tomas83

    Tomas83 Strat-O-Master

    Jul 30, 2014
    NE in the 4 corners

    I’m glad that you discovered the issue. Let us know how you like the Babicz bridge, I’m pretty interested.
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  18. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
    Congrats Gilmour, its always nice when a story has a happy ending.
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  19. Phat-O-Caster

    Phat-O-Caster Strat-O-Master

    Apr 16, 2008
    You could try some flatwound 10's if really want to mellow it out.
  20. pumpkin

    pumpkin Strat-Talker

    Aug 5, 2017
    Richmond VA
    ...pickup height/angle and capacitor(s) of tone pots. A Strat has no bridge pup tine pot .... but a small jumper from the neck tone switch tab to the unused bridge tone tab is all that it takes