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Pure Vintage 59's : Did i wire them up wrong?

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by steka, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. steka

    steka New Member!

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    Hi,

    i just bought Pure Vintage '59 pickups for my American Special HSS Strat.
    Originally, it comes with the Greasebucket Tone Circuit.
    So this is what it looked like
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    Now, i have installed those pickups and didn't do anything to the capacitors on the pots.

    I followed the vintage strat "modern" wiring diagram.
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    I do get a beautiful "bell" like sound from the neck pickup, but the middle and bridge pickup sound strange. Muffled, in a way. Like the tone was rolled back and the volume was down.
    I tried raising the pickups, but no chance.

    Something sounds off.
    Can it be just the capacitors that i'd need to get rid of?

    Anyhow, probably using the American Special HSS Strat's capacitors isn't good to replicate the American Original 50's Strat's setup.
    Anybody have any advice on how i should be wiring it up?

    What would be the difference in using the American Special HSS Strat's capacitors vs the ones used on the American ORiginal 50's ?



    thanks!
    Stefan
     
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  2. sjtalon

    sjtalon Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I think you may have more problems than caps. Caps don't make tone, only shape it, and if the pots are at 10, then they don't do jack anyway.

    Being it's not sounding hollow or thin, I don't think it's a phase issue. May be just a miss match (PV's low output ?) with that humbucker.
     
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  3. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster

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    Tone pot soldered too hot?
    Could you upload an actual photo from the pickguard and new wiring?
    Thanks in advance.

    All the best,
    Robin
     
  4. kris ford

    kris ford Strat-O-Master

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    I had an out of phase PV59..but this doesn't seem the same issue..(swapping leads fixed my issue)