I bought a Framus StratoDeluxe about 10 years ago (although I didn't know what the model was until today) and in a moment of inspiration, I rewired it. I now want to return it to stock (or almost stock setup. It has 3 toggle switches on the upper bout and 3 tone and 3 volume knobs (I assume that's the distribution). There are 3 500k pots and 3 200k ones. What should the setup be, wiring and capacitors wise?
Nice guitar. I had two of them, one was with an active circuit, while the other one was passive with several capacitors. Since it was built for over a decade, I guess there are lots of different "original wirings" for the Strato Deluxe, maybe you can find some schematics with Google. Anyway I think that it won't be easy to return it to stock. I'd suggest instead to use the leftover switches for some of the useful features discussed on this board.
Anyway here is what I remember about the original wiring of mine: Usually the Strat Deluxe has three on/off switches near the upper horne, one for each pickup. The pickups are in parallel, with the neck pickup out-of-phase. Then there were two or three more toggle switches somewhere on the board for caps and/or active circuits. Since you don't mention them, maybe your's is without. But if you got them you can use them for out-of-phase and serial switching. Usually the Strato Deluxe had the neck and middle pickup in permanent out-of-phase, but with a phase switch for the neck it would be more flexible. For serial wiring you could choose the bridge pickup. Finally you could experiment with some tone capacitors. Mine had at least one or two switches throwing in a cap, but the sound effect they gave was very subtle.
I believe mine is a '63 with the 3 parallel pickups (not angled). This one only came with the 3 selector switches, pots and caps. The problem is I don't have the original caps and I can't seem to figure out which pots are the volume, which are tone. If I need to, I may just go pick up a new set of pots (200/250 and/or 500k) and a few caps to experiment with as the ones on there are pretty scratchy and can't really handle more soldering and unsoldering. I actually already installed a phase switch on the bridge so I have an option or two to play with.
If you have 6 pots on your guitar, then you're right assuming that they are 3 volume and 3 tone pots, each for an individual pickup. I don't think it is much important which knobs are assigned to which pickup. Choose to assign them in a rational manner that suits your orientation. Another design of the Strato was with only four knobs. This was similar to the Jaguar, with a rhythm (neck and middle) and a lead circuit (bridge plus eventually active circuit). You could also choose this design and use the remaining pots as a master volume and tone (though this is not the original wiring).
By the way: Where did you place your phase switch?
Post by sunburstbeatnik on Feb 10, 2011 20:45:52 GMT -5
I'm 19 and I inherited my German grandfathers (1964 I believe) framus strato deluxe a couple years after he died. I have virtually no technical knowledge other than a hand full of chords and riffs from songs but I really wanna finally get the guitar rewired and restored so I can learn to play righteously on it. Bin thinking if I should mimic original wiring or if I should mod the hot rod to my taste. Any tips sites or shops that you know that would have anything would be groovy if you could pass it on. ( ? Can you juxtapose a effects pedal like mod (reverb,distortion,loop,ect)into your guitar?) email@ email@example.com ps please no spam only relevant emails thx(c)
Your guitar obviously has a bit of history, and probably value. It deseerves to be brought back to life but personally, I would not do more to it than needed. To keep its value, let it stay as original as possible, subject to making it work. A careful clean and fresh strings, and some contact cleaner/lubricat on the pots and switch contacts, will allow you to evaluate its condition and see what, if anything, needs replacing.