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  1. robistro

    robistro Strat-Talk Member

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    I have a MIM Strat and was going to do the bridge tone mod... Is the cap (22k) or anything else really worth replacing while I'm under the hood? [​IMG]

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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Basking 'neath the almighty yellow yolk Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Depends, do you use the tone knob? Do you wish to roll off more highs?
     
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  3. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    The cap should be somewhere around .022uF (microfarads). It's a pretty good all around value. I tend to go to a .015uf capacitor which is even less dark so I can have a wide tone sweep before things get muffled.

    I also do the 50's Gibson tone mod. You need no extra parts but you have to change 2 wires to achieve it. It moves the tone circuit to the output side of the volume control which means the volume control will not change the tone as you turn the volume up and down. The article from Dirk Wacker at Premier Guitar is busted but here is a copy of the image they used to show to illustrate the change in wiring.

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    The last thing I do is change the volume control to a type B (Linear) 250k potentiometer. I do that so that the volume has a smooth transition from 1 - 10 as opposed to the standard control that is good from about 4 - 10 and is abrupt and steep. Simple mod and gives me lots of flexibility.
     
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  4. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    Dirk Wacker....sounds like an adult film star lol.
     
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  5. robistro

    robistro Strat-Talk Member

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    Andrew Wasson - thanks for the info...that pretty much sums it up :)


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  6. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    If the tone control works in a way that suits you, the capacitor is fine.
     
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  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'll replace the two wires to the jack with shielded cable -- I found that's important to reducing noise. Just like using shielded cable from the guitar to the amp is important.

    If it's a guitar I'll play a lot ... I'll rewire with the Armstrong Blender (SSS blends to HSH) and part of that rewiring gives a master tone control.

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