Post by zonker9169 on Jan 30, 2007 14:46:19 GMT -5
I'm new here, but I've taken the time to cruise the site and see if the info I needed was already here, but I haven't seen anything. Although there's tons of great stuff here to learn!
I've just put some DiMarzio Virtual Vintage (a 2.2 in the middle and a Blues in the neck) pups in my Fat Strat (the bridge is a Tex Mex humbucker). I've noticed a bit of muddiness, which can be tweaked out by eq in the amp, but one electronics reviewer I read mentioned that these pups really benfit from a 1 meg volume pot.
I can easily do this, and I understand how it all works and why, I'm just concerned that by putting one in, my already bright Tex Mex humbucker will sound like crap-ola.
Anyone have any suggestions on how I can achieve a similar mod but have it apply to only the Dimarzios?
the easiest way that i can think of is to change to two volume one tone. have one volume for the single coils(250K). then one volume for the humbucker(1M). you could then blend them at any volume you want.
then just convert one tone to a master tone.
Johnny says he's bound by only six strings to this world.
Note that I used 500 K Ohm pots (which probably is what should be used with the Tex-Mex humbucker).
If one pickup is too bright, you can pad it with a fixed resistor. If you want to use a 1 M Ohm volume pot, wire a 1 M Ohm fixed resistor directly across (well, at the selector switch) the Tex-Mex. When selected, it will then "see" a 500 K Ohm load, but the Virtual Vintages, when selected by themselves, will "see" 1 M Ohm.
I'm of the opinion that a 500K Ohm audio taper pot should always be used for high-cut tone controls since it is already down to 250 K Ohms at around "8" on a Strat knob.
Also note that I used the Virtual Vintage pickups specifically because they were not especially bright (well, the DP401 is).
As for the 1M resisitor, I would just pop that in between the wire and the pickup selector? Since the Tex Mex H'bucker is wired to split at position 2, would I be better off wiring it only on to the position 1 setting?
Post by zonker9169 on Jan 31, 2007 20:15:01 GMT -5
I have a MIM Fat Strat. But it's what some refer to as a "48th Street Custom Strat". I guess it's a sales gimmick for the Sam Ash chain in the NYC area. I don't know what the normal MIM Fat Strats have, but this one came with the Tex Mex H'bucker and 2 Tex Mex single coils (with the middle one reverse wound). As far as the rest of the electronics, I dont have a meter to figure out what the pots are.
I apologize for my noobiness, but I honestly don't know what the rating of the volume and tone pots are. I had a look over all the parts and schematics lists at the Fender site, but they didn't list my guitar exactly, so I'm not sure which it may be. Some had all 250k controls, some a 500k volume and 250k tones....time for me to get me a multimeter.
(when I installed the dimarzios, I had to swap the ground and hot wires, because they were out of phase with the h'bucker, and with the selector set in the #2 position it sounded like muck. Once I switched 'em, they were fine.)
So I guess my first step is to determine the rating of the controls, otherwise, if I have 250k's and I install some 1M pots, I may end up going too far in terms of brightness.....
When using the multimeter, how do I determine the value of the pot? (I've read it somewhere before, but I have since forgotten it)
Thanks again to all of you folks who have offered up ideas. It's the reason I love places like this!