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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Lonn, May 23, 2020 at 3:47 PM.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Crazy times. Bought this first one Thursday, sold it yesterday, came across the second one today by accident and am picking it up on the way home from work.

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  2. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This second one may be a keeper. Plugged it in when I got home and it felt really good. On top of that it's got a scrape on the bely cut where I'm guessing it got scraped being pulled out of the case. I didn't;t notice it until I got it torn down for a cleaning but it's there. Also a microscopic mark near the second fret. Hard to sell a guitar in this price range that's not dead mint although I already have people asking lol. It's a tad darker than the other one as well, not that that's better or worse, just different. The one on the left is today's purchase. I have to read up on that little chip in the electronics. Not exactly sure what that is lol.

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  3. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well with your well known predilections please define " keeper " :p
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    They are good looking guitars
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    A chip eh? Must be a Covid tracker lol.
     
  6. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks like a Grease Bucket circuit to me. The capacitor with the resistor is your treble bleed and the other capacitor is your regular tone cap in series with the cap and pot in parallel.
    Pretty nifty!

    How's it held on?
     
  7. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Soldered to the first lug I believe.
     
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  8. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    Cool!
    Of course, now we have a whole new element to add to the "how different types of capacitors affect the tone" debate! :D
     
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    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I remember many years ago, gassing for a natural finish Strat, didn't have the bucks back then, though. Nice looking guitars, both of them.

    J.
     
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    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    You are one busy guy.
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Gold Member

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    Hmmm... two resistors and a cap on that PCB. I do wonder if the PCB is double sided? The traces make R1 and C1 a filter.
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Not quite the same as the Greasebucket but it is the American Professional's treble bleed circuit. At some point over the past 2 years Fender changed from point-to-point wiring to this circuit card version. Here is the American Professional Strat service manual - it has both the point to point wired version (on page 4) and the circuit card version (on page 5):

    https://www.fmicassets.com/Damroot/... Stratocaster 011301XXXX REV B 11-12-2018.pdf
     
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    Baelzebub Strat-O-Master

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    I'd hang it around my neck and let em track me!
     
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  14. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    I appear to have overlooked that it is attached to the volume pot and not (as the grease bucket) the tone pot(s).

    Thanks for linking to that service diagram. It’s got a ton more information than any service diagram I’ve ever seen before - right down to how the head stock decal is applied! :thumb:
     
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    Baelzebub Strat-O-Master

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    "by accident.."...lol
     
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  16. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Actually I thought it was the first one I bought but when I looked closer I saw it was a different one.
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    I've noticed that as well - starting with models that were new for 2016 the service diagrams have a lot more detail, including the neck specs (which of course Fender never really hits; they vary a lot :p), pickup specs, tuner specs, etc. Plus they are doing a lot to keep them updated, like adding the page with the chip version of the treble bleed not long after they started using it.
     
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    Baelzebub Strat-O-Master

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    Here is the south they describe a guy like you as someone who could fall in a septic tank and come up with a gold coin...lol.
     
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    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The circuit board looks like some kind of treble bleed circuit.
    Great looking axe @Lonn. I don't see how you come up with that many deals!!!
     
  20. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Would you believe I've got my eye on a third? Not sure I can get it at the price I want though.
     
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