Toning down bridge pup

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  1. HazyPurple

    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    I've got a ' Jimi ' tribute MiM. Fitted with reverse pole vintage '65s, and reverse neck oversized headstock. I would like to take the bridge tone down a bit as the tone knobs are for neck and middle.

    My question is:
    Could I just wire one of the tone knobs to the bridge pup without adding or changing any components, if so which one?
    I'm good with a screwdriver and soldering iron, but I only like doing things once. So I would like to know whether the neck pup would be ok without tone control.

    Thanks
     
  2. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Typical mod is to move the lower tone pot from the middle to the bridge, or to simply bridge the two so that pot works with both pickups.

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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Thanks CB91710,
    I'll jump the middle and bridge together.
     
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    Belltonenblues84 Strat-Talker

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    Im confused by what you mean take it down. Is it too bright or harsh? What do you mean?
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Too bright, for my ears.
     
  6. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Try adjusting the pickup heights before reaching for the soldering iron.
     
  7. dirocyn

    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    How high are your pickups?

    Note Jimi tilted his pickups towards the bass strings.

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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Bass E magnet to string, 4mm. Treble E magnet to string, 3mm.
     
  9. HazyPurple

    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Yeah, should try that. I had to adjust truss rod ( a bit concave ) ' out the box '
    Been playing a Charvel that's tapped, so maybe my ears need to retrain a bit.
     
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    That was probably because of the way the stagger of the pole pieces goes. They were designed for right handed players. So generally right handed players compensate for that by lifting the treble side of the pickups. In his case, that's where the lower strings were. Same principle. Also he used very thin lower strings.
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Thanks for the illustration, I've made some adjustments and feel happier now.
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Thanks rafasounds. It all makes sense now.
     
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    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    It's also possible that the height(s) were left the way they were adjusted for the original right-handed stringing.
    Maybe he liked the way it sounded like that. ;)

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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Use your volume control :)
     
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    1. You can use your tone controls and wire it for a separate one for the bridge
    2. You can change the pickup height to suit your taste.
    3. You can use a different pickup.
    4. You can do #1 and change the tone cap.
     
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  16. Class A Knob

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    I have mine wired so the 1 tone is for the neck only and the other is for the bridge only. I only use the middle for some SRV quack (and don't need a tone control).
     
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    According to Jimi's tech, Jimi was constantly messing with his guitars, trying to get them to sound the way he wanted. Knocking pole pieces in--just constantly tinkering, and it was often a struggle to keep enough guitars working. I am certain he set the pickup the way he thought it sounded best.

    Note that Jimi played Fender 150s, which were 10-38, pure nickel wraps. The bass output would have been weak with those strings, compared to modern balanced 10s. And yes, regular pickups but strung left handed so the stagger is backwards.
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    I was thinking that, and maybe fit a pot that is ' no-tone ' position 10, like my Charvel.
    Imo, the bridge pickup is more usable when clean, reverse slanted. Charvel are doing it on the DK 22 SSS.
     
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    If want a pickup to stay wide open at "10", don't use a tone pot at all for that pickup.
     
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