I have had this in two strats for several years now, I LOVE it! First I had to change one thing on mine - the series blend would go darker as I turned toward 10, seemed wrong so I just swapped the lug to to the other on the series pot. Now when I turn knob toward 10 it brightens up like I would expect.
Are there favorite sounds? YES, I really love m+b and m+n in the stock strat! Go figure... I love the quack I can get with pickup height balancing.
So why the heck do I need the 85 sound beast? I find that as a work on different songs, I write my own crappy songs..., I find I write differently given different sounds coming from the guitar. Also, on my fender superchamp x2, changing amps and sounds is a pleasure to explore. Having all the sounds is like having different colors of paint.
Would I do it again, maybe... Thankfully I don't have to and it works great in both guitars. One has an S1 switch, for series and one has a push pull.
One thing I would like to improve is the Neck Bridge twang. Any suggestions on how to get more twang on the e string? I was going to say twang on the g string but that seemed inappropriate...
Hi John, I would’ve PM’d you in this topic; but as you know, I’ve yet to master posting pics to PM’s, plus, it might be interesting for others to see/read.
I just finished your Strat SP HSS. It was a moderately difficult wire and took me an hour. I’ve got it all wired up correctly, triple checked; and, I’m a bit confused with SW3 Series/Fader part. For you guys that might not know what I’m talking about, it’s this one.
Here it ‘tis Wired up.
Ive got the pickup wires on the switch/pot for testing.
It all works great except for one piece and maybe I’m not testing it right. When I have it in Series, I’m not getting the Neck fade. I’ve got the Coil Cut working fine off that pot; but, for the life of me, I can’t get the fader.
Like I said, I’ve cross checked the wiring 3x and still can’t get the fader. Again, I’ve got it in Series. I’m in either position 3 or 4. And no fade.
What do you suspect this ditzy brunette has done wrong?👩🏻
Hi frets, this was probably my most twisted scheme, thanks for trying it.
Building it in an hour is something that would take me 6 hours at least
To troubleshoot, id suggest resistance readings across the jack output with volume and tone at max, knobs pushed in. Test all the main series and parallel options, check phase doesnt change the readings, then in series mode try max and min on the fade.
The scheme has been built before so it should work, but it hasn't been built often! I've not built it myself.
John, I just figured it out. I had it wired right, ditzy Cindi thought the fade took the whole neck out of the picture; but, now I get it. It takes the Neck and reduces the Series. Duh! 😛. I have it in a guitar now. It is a really super mod. The tonal variations are killer. I recommend this build to anyone contemplating a change to their HSS. Just be aware that it is a moderately difficult build. Thanks John.
Happy Thanksgiving to all you guys. Stay safe and happy.
Looking at it again after a few years, that Rev B version looks like its fade control isn't quite what I'd intended. If you follow the wires from the fade pot, they go directly to two lugs on the tone pot. So if tone is at max, those lugs are all connected anyway and the fade pot does nothing, just as you reported!
I think the intent may be better realized if the blue wire from the fade pot is taken to the other end of the 47nF cap, where it connects to the switch sw1.
The intent of the fade pot, in series only, when two pickups are selected, is that it fades down whichever pickup is nearer the neck. Tbus could be the neck pickup, or it could be the M in an B x M series combo.
The idea is to control the muddiness of some series combos by partly bypassing one coil. The tone control also has this effect, but via the 47nF cap when at max treble.
So there's heaps of variations even just using tone and fade. But also some redundancy.
A couple of simpler variations are possible, given moving that blue wire above.
1. The 47nF cap could be omitted, in which case its just a normal tone control using the 22nF cap, or 2. in a guitar that is not trying to look like a 3-knob Strat, the fade pot can be omitted, just keeping the switch to do coil split, and keeping the tone circuit with its two caps.
There's another thing on Rev B, which was requested by treguiers, the guy who first built it. As drawn, the bridge coil split happens with switch sw3 pushed in. If I built it, Id want it in the pulled out position by moving the wire furthest from the pot biody to the corresponding lug nearest the pot.
Your diligent work has allowed these quirk to be uncovered, so thanks!
If its ok with you, I'd like to shift all the posts in this thread back to the main schematic thread, for reference.
Hi John, Thanks for providing additional wiring changes, I am going to move the blue wire to where you suggest. I kinda like the SSS config requiring the pull up on the coil cut to kick in the other humbucker coil.
What happens with the fader, s the neck in series becomes seemingly parallel as you roll. At least it sounds that way. If you think about it, that’s a nice tonal nuance to reduce the series as you have mentioned.
Nonetheless, despite what was originally intended and what is the reality, it’s the most powerful HSS harness I’ve ever built. As you know, there’s not much out there for mods with HSS setups; usually, just a simple coil cut to the Bridge. But this configuration is so tonally diverse. I really like the Phase and don’t find the Series to be too muddy. I’ve not yet decided if I’ll remove the .047. I have to play it some more. But for the hour and fifteen minutes I played on it, it has become one of my favorites of your mods. I’ve built every mod you have dreamt and published to the forum. This was the last one I had never built. Wait, I still have to build your new Jimmy Page!!
I was playing some Rush songs given Alex Lifeson would often use an HSS setup during his Moving Pictures to Power Windows phase. The Series effect was immense. Thank you John and Happy Thanksgiving!!
I dunno! Im quite sure you have built it as drawn (there are few people who I would say that about)
This circuit has so many tone options, and it hasn't been built a huge number of times so this interaction may never have been explored fully. Fade should do something! maybe try with the tone rolled down very slightly.
With that wire move, it should be possible to measure a difference in overall guitar resistance as you sweep the fade pot. Its basically taking a series combo of two pickups and gradually shunting one.
John, I’m a big enough girl to admit that I moved the wire from SW2 instead of SW3. You see, too much Turkey on Thanksgiving put me into a Tryptophan Stupor and I should have know better than working on guitars when inebriated by “Fowl” Amino Acids in my system. So now it’s fixed and it works great. This is my favorite mod you have done. Everybody with an HSS should have this harness.
I left the .047 in because I really like how it sounds. And like I said, I also am fond of the guitar being an SSS until you pull up on the coil cut switch.