Less treble and less bright

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by wilkoo, May 31, 2021.

  1. fezz parka

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    I'd rub some Bengay ointment on it. It'll warm right up.
     
  2. BigDan

    BigDan Strat-Talker

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    Oh no! Not a shrilly strat! Haha!
    No really, I think most guitarist have noticed that. All the suggestions are right as far as tone knob and caps ect.
    My solution was a low wind vintage style pickup on my ash deluxe maple neck. I have never used a humbucker on a strat but some do.
    I also like a darker amp. I am down with the brown.
    Maybe a baritone guitar. That will lower the treble. Seriously, I never could find my singing voice til I played one. I still sound like a frog but my range is right.
     
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  3. duzie

    duzie Senior Stratmaster

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    Have you tried switching up the type of strings your using?
     
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    ClassicRocker808 New Member!

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    When I think of Strat tone, I think of 60's and Hendrix tone. Do yourself a favor and try a set of Fender Pure Vintage 65's pickups! Perfect tone and NO ice pick on the bridge pickup. Very reasonable price too!!
     
  5. Wylde Horses

    Wylde Horses Strat-Talk Member

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    Another option is to install an aluminum plate under the pickguard, or use an anodized aluminum pickguard. It is not only effective in shielding the electronics to reduce noise (you would have to add shielding to the cavity as well to take full advantage of it), but it also affects the magnetic field produced by the pickups, taking the edge off the highs. It was exactly what I needed for a set of pickups that were otherwise a little too harsh/ice-picky/garish in that guitar.
     
  6. 76standard

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    Before investing in some pickups install a blender pot. It allows you to blend the neck and bridge pickups. Turn the bottom tone knob closer to 5 or 6 and you have an even mix of both pickups. And/or change the capacitor to a 0.033 or 0.047. It will cut some of the highs in all pickups, except the bridge pickup if the guitar has standard Strat wiring. Then, if you don’t like these mods, buy some new pickups. My Strat has Fralin Blues Specials with the blender pot. Wonderful pickups.
     
  7. Middle Earth

    Middle Earth Strat-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum. As people have recommended, tone pots, capacitors and, maybe, Alnico II pickups. A2 pickups tend to be smother in the treble frequencies.
     
  8. wilkoo

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    After adjusting the height of the pickups and tone knobs, I found a good sound by adding a compression pedal (basic Chinese). I am rather happy with the result, the compressor correctly attenuates the brilliance of the treble.
    Thank you for all these very nice answers
     
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    ptb1 Strat-Talker

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    Seymour Duncan SSL-4 or MK Guitar´s Schecter F500T replica´s will probably give the tone you ask for, but they´re pretty hot.