I build my own preamp with treble and bass boost and cut back in the early 80’s. I used it for years. It ran on 18 volts and was a heck of a contraption. It was called a Craig Anderson Clarifier and was in a GP magazine with Frank Zappa on the cover. I drilled and etched the board and every thing.
I would put EMG’s in my other guitars so they could almost keep up with my Strat with my home made preamp in it. My Focus 6000 Kramer still has EMG’s in it from the 80’s.
You can see the wire running to the guitar strap where the batteries are in the photo from under the pick guard ….. this is 84 or 1985…
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I’m still amazed that there aren’t more guitars with active tone controls in Strats and Teles.
I remember them coming out in Ibanez guitars in the 80’s and they were well received. The only thing I can remember is a booster being fitted to the Clapton Strat.
While people will say use an EQ pedal, I think an EQ for a particular pickup is a nice touch, this isn’t so hard in a Strat as it is in a Tele.
What are your thoughts?
I don't even own an acoustic, and when I did, I never plugged it in. Not once.It's funny that while many players fight against active pickups in their strats, they have no problem with buying an acoustic with onboard electronics. (70% are active)
....the acoustic being a much more traditional instrument, lol