This is among the most fabled of amps because it’s the one SRV used to record most of Texas Flood in Jackson Browne’s studio. Experimenting costs nothing and all you need is a screwdriver. Beginning with string choice and setup, we will consider hardware and electronics before moving on to pickups. Contrary to popular belief, tone controls continue bleeding treble even when they’re supposedly turned off. James Wilsey is the king of Strat atmospherics – if in doubt, check out Wicked Game for its heart-melting combination of Strat and Deluxe Reverb with a pre-delayed stereo chorus. Breaking with tradition, we added a dedicated tone control for the bridge pickup, giving you more control over your sound in pickup positions one and two. 22-FRET NECK Adding another fret extends the range, while the “Modern C”-shaped neck profile is comfortable for almost any playing style. When we consider Strat electronics, one aspect is often overlooked and it plays a subtle yet important function in the vintage tone equation – from the late 1950s until 1967 Fender used a 14-gauge aluminium shield under the pickguard. Magnetism inhibits string vibration, which reduces sustain and in extreme cases causes pitch anomalies. Let’s dive in…. It’s time to turn on, tune in and rock out…. If your Strat has humbuckers, a locking vibrato or other major mods then obviously some of this won’t be applicable – but equally a lot of it will. Another great thing about these amps is that they carry two of the effects that Strats love best onboard – spring reverb and tremolo. This wiring is great for Strat players who want a simple and easy operation. The first solo has a compressed but clean tone, but Gilmour lifts the dynamic with extra bite and a hint of crunch from a Colorsound Power Boost on the turnaround, later adding an MXR Phase 90 – and all within the first eight minutes. Over the next 12 pages, we’re going to provide you with what amounts to a holistic approach to Stratocaster tone optimisation. The History As you know, the standard Stratocaster has a master volume and two tone controls, one for the middle and one for the neck pickup, but none for the bridge pickup! Personally, I prefer one tone for the neck, the other for the bridge, keeping the middle wide open. Stratocaster necks have almost always been maple but they’re often designated as ‘maple necks’ or ‘rosewood necks’ depending on the fingerboard. 22-FRET NECK Adding another fret extends the range, while the “Modern C”-shaped neck profile is comfortable for almost any playing style. Fuzz Face circuits with germanium transistors work for early Hendrix tones, but Floyd fans may prefer the later silicon transistor Fuzz Face that David Gilmour used on The Dark Side Of The Moon. Modern boosts with Klon type circuits offer higher fidelity, improved playing dynamics and subtle shades of drive. The December 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! The earlier versions of Gretsch Duo Sonic and 6120 guitars, with two single-coil DeArmond pickups, used an interesting control layout with an individual volume control for each pickup, a master tone control, a master volume control that governed the overall output level, and a traditional three-way pickup selector. However it can be the most expensive, and often the cause of greatest frustration. What’s more, you can do all three for £15 or so, which may be less than a tenth of the cost of that mojo-infused, hand-wound pickup set you’ve been lusting after…. The intermittent chorus effects would have been done with a Roland Jazz Chorus amp or with a Roland Dimension D processor. But since they were more of a 50s feature, when bright ash bodies combined with bright under-wound pickups, we suspect the maple board is the least of it. Hand-winding ensures the wire layers are less tightly packed – lowering the capacitance of the pickup and raising the resonant peak to achieve a clearer and brighter tone. Early Gretsch electric-style control. Relatively few of the boutique winders are able to replicate this 100 per cent convincingly, but House Of Tone certainly can. And indeed, a popular mod for standard Stratocasters is to join the bridge and middle pickups on tone pot 2. Heavy steel blocks were used in pre-CBS Strats and you can buy UK made replacements from Kevin Hurley or Wudtone for a variety of bridge types and screw spacings. Just curious - I have a Strat with a standard 5 way with a master volume, a tone control that governs the bridge alone and another that controls the neck + middle position. Here, were looking at what you can do with a Strat with stock features. Bridge Pickup, Position 4. Hitherto we’ve confined our discussion to things you can do to your current Stratocaster, however there are some aspects you might want to consider when buying a Strat. Lenny’s vibrato was free floating and the lush reverb is a studio effect – probably coming from an EMT plate or an AKG spring. From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. On balance we think the body wood and its weight have more overall influence and you’re better off just picking a neck that feels good to play. The most important thing is that the finish should be thinly applied, irrespective of the material. You can always unsubscribe (so you won't receive any more e-mails) by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each e-mail. This is a common modification used to free up the second tone pot location for an additional switch or optional control. The January 2021 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Delivering both comfort and speed, the American Professional II Deep “C” neck profile is slim at the nut and fills out gradually as it approaches the neck joint to create a natural feel that’s perfect for chording and single note playing alike. You can get beautiful mid-scooped early John Mayer tones, while pumping the midrange and the input with a Tube Screamer gets you close enough to SRV, too. His amps were reputedly a Fender Dual Showman and a Hiwatt DR103 and he played his black Strat throughout. As long as the polepieces aren’t touching the strings or the pickups aren’t falling off the adjustment screws, any height is fair game and your ears will know when something’s wrong. By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. American Standards have always had a shared tone control for the bridge and middle pickups. But if your guitar has a master tone control, this mode sounds more muffled and oboe-like. Thinner necks sound great too, but we associate them with slightly warmer and darker tone. Strat® Middle Pickup; Strat® Bridge Pickup; Strat® Control Routing. Large value control potentiometers make guitars sound brighter by accentuating the resonance peak. Even smaller versions are now available from Dunlop, Fulltone, Sweet Sound and TC Electronic. Many Strat players use a cranked Fuzz Face with the guitar’s volume rolled back to tame the sizzle – it’s super touch-sensitive and more articulate that way. The middle knob becomes a pickup blend control, while the third knob serves as a global tone control. Advertisement. The height of the pickups relative to the strings is crucial to dialling in your tone. For the ultimate in pure, shimmering Stratocaster tones in the hand of a master player, it’s hard to think of a finer example than this cut from SRV’s debut album. That’s what your amp’s tone controls are for. That may seem like a statement of the obvious but Stevie Ray Vaughan’s reputed predilection for ultra-heavy strings has led plenty of us to ponder the optimum pain to tone ratio. You should be able to hear the phasiness and quackiness change as the height changes. Using two different tonecaps will allow you to use different types of capacitors, or even different capacitor values, for certain pickups. It’s up to you whether you prefer to block it off, have downward movement only, or float it for up and down pitch shifts, however what you choose does have some bearing on sonics. He also removes lacquer from the neck pocket and the area beneath the bridge. Fat strings can sound fantastic with vintage-style single coils because they solidify and fatten up the tone, and provide higher output levels without the dullness of overwound pickups. The Silverface and Blackface models are almost identical electronically, so you can easily convert one to the other. Strat bridges with detachable blocks can also be modded. It’s also fun to ride the volume control to create swells into a heavy reverb effect. (The demo guitar is a “parts” Strat with three lipstick-tube pickups. Fender's Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster® guitar rocks tone as big as Texas itself, hot-rodded with Texas Special™ single-coil neck and middle pickups, a huge-sounding black-bobbin Fender Twin Head humbucking bridge pickup, and an S-1 switch built into the volume knob to select the outer coil of the bridge pickup for single-coil tone. Alder tends to sound fatter in the mids and maybe a tad warmer but each is a fine tonewood in its own right. Shooting Star. We talked about this some months ago; now it all comes together. Discussion in ' Stratocaster Discussion Forum ' started by teleman55 , May 18, 2017 . Hank used a Meazzi Echomatic multi-tap echo unit gifted to him by Joe Brown and the engineers added reverb using one of Abbey Road’s purpose-built reverb chambers. 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