Neck and Bridge . . .

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  1. JL251

    JL251 New Member!

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    Long ago, I had a strat-style guitar that had individual on-off switches for each pickup (bonus if you can guess what it was). Back then, I was drawn to the sound of the neck and bridge pickup. Years later, I swapped my neck and MIDDLE (correction) pickup in my strat so the second position from the bottom does neck and bridge instead of neck and middle.

    Guessing i'm not the only one who had done this. Essentially it trades the bridge/middle option for bridge/neck option.

    Any thoughts from others who might have done this?
     
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  2. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm a little confused.. If you physically swap the neck and bridge pickups (but leave them wired as is), wouldn't the 2nd position on the blade selector select the neck and middle pickups (if the neck pickup is wired as the bridge pickup)?

    I like being able to use the neck and bridge pickup together, but rather than moving the pickups around like that (and having to remember which blade position to use), I like having 7-way pickup selection (via a toggle switch, push pot, blender pot, etc.) so I can select the pickups normally but also be able to enable the neck and bridge together or all 3 pickups together.
     
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    I actually did re-wire so the second position is neck/bridge, third is neck, fourth is neck/mid, and fifth is middle. Was long ago. Normally ,first is bridge, second is neck/mid, third is mid, fourth is mid/neck, and fifth is neck. What I have now is first is bridge, second is bridge/neck, third is neck, fourth is bridge/mid, fifth is mid.
     
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    Soooo sorry, I swapped the neck and middle, not neck and bridge. Corrected the original post
     
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    Since I started on a Tele, I missed the bridge/neck combo. Decades ago, I started using the 3 way switch wired like a post 67 Tele. The bottom tone knob is a blender for the middle pickup in case I need the inbetweeners or all three.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Another way to get the neck bridge, or all three, combo is to use a push push (or pull) pot on one of the tone knobs. Wire the neck to the switch and direct out and then tap it on when in either of the bridge positions.
     
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    Or master volume pot, master tone pot, blender pot : all combinations + blending the pickup amount is nice.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    My Classic Player 50s Strat came wired with neck & bridge on position 4. No mods required.
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    Like the AmProII?

    Also, for the op, I have no idea what old model you’re referring to, but there’s the newer Squier Paranormal Cyclone that you reminded me of. They look like fun guitars.
     
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    Yup. Mine is wired so the second tone pot is used to actuate neck/bridge.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    It would appear so, yes. I've been wiring them like that for almost 2 decades now though.
     
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    My Classic Player and Performer both have this from the factory. The Performer adds neck to position 1 and 2 via a push push button... but both guitars do not trade off, both have the all important neck plus middle quack position available too. Have to say I rarely use neck + bridge though.
     
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    This is the way
     
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    I just switched my Strat back to the normal configuration. I really don’t like the N+B sound on a Strat, despite trying it for a good while. I love the sound on Jags, LPs and Teles though. Strats just have a different personality in that position.

    It just sounds thinner and less interesting on a Strat, to me, even with a tone knob that affects all positions. I see why it’s not a mainstay. It can certainly be usable, but it’s not on my list of favorite guitar sounds at all.
     
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    The rhythm guitar on this is neck and bridge on my black Strat.

     
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    IMO it takes a more muscular bridge pickup for neck+bridge to sound truly great on a Strat.

    A few of mine have extra beef at the bridge: a Duncan Quarter Pound, a Zhangbucker Paul Bunyan, an Onamac Pinktone, and a D. Allen Echoes. All those true singlecoils, not rails or stacks.

    None are currently wired to give neck+bridge via the 5-way, but two have add-neck switches and a third will be getting one eventually.
     
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    Neck and Bridge. Vintage wind (5.5k) A5.

     
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    Gonna send it to Elliot?
     
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    Thought about it.

    I want to release it for real first. ;)
     
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    I'll take a jab at guessing the strat-style with 3 individual on-off switch...

    Hondo fame series ?