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Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by JVjunky, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. JVjunky

    JVjunky Strat-Talk Member

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    A couple of questions for any of the techies on the forum!

    1. What is the best way to improve the tonal range on my Classic Vibe 50s Stratocaster?

    And what I really mean is a nice smooth transition from treble to bass when I turn the tone knobs.

    2. And, will changing the pots and caps be better than changing the pickups?
     
  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    the answer is PICKUP HEIGHT. If the tone controls work.....then changing them won't do much.....also you can wire a jumper so the bridge pickup is connected to a tone control....that gives you a lot more options sound-wise.....
     
  3. Chubbles

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    Smooth transition: Audio vs Linear taper. I often use custom taper (in between).
     
  4. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Strat-O-Master

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    I would absolutely go with changing the pots and caps before buying pickups.

    My experience...

    I have a LP Jr Tribute and the P90 was way to bright for my taste. I went to GC for suggestions on how to decrease the iciness and they suggested a new pickup. I replaced the P90 with a SD Seth Lover PAF humbucker and that did the job. However, I learned how to do my own soldering after that and decided to install the p90 again... just for kicks. By doing so I realized that all I initially had to do was replace the 500k tone pot and install a capacitor with a different value to the P90 and that would've resolved my brightness issue.

    I don't regret having the humbucker but I could've saved $150 if I had the right information from the start.

    BTW - pickup height would be the first place to start as Guitarmageddon suggested.
     
  5. fezz parka

    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Plug it into a great amp.
    Don't pick in one spot. Anchoring is for boats.
    As Ryan said, find optimum pickup heights that suit your ears.
    Practice.

    Not really. That guitar has decent pickups/electronics. Here's an important tip. The volume control also effects the tone. There's a big difference between 6 and full CW. Same goes for the tone pots. There's a big difference between 6 and full CCW. The change is abrupt once the cap starts tuning the resonance. The larger the value of the cap, the more abrupt it is. A linear taper pot can seem to smooth the bump out ...so can lowering the caps value to let's say .015 or even smaller.
     
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  6. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The amp will have a huge impact on your tone. Going through a pedal will also have a huge impact depending on what you want. A little bit of reverb or slapback delay will work wonders for a sterile sounding amp.
     
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