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Adding Series Switching To Your Strat

Adding Series Switching To Your Strat

December 20, 2011
To benefit from the series option, you need to use your Strat’s dual-pickup settings—bridge + middle or neck + middle.
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Stratocaster Parallel/Series Switching

Stratocaster Parallel/Series Switching

November 15, 2011
In this and next month’s column, we’ll explore parallel/series pickup switching schemes for the single-coil pickups in your Strat.
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The Stratocaster "Jazz Switch" Mod

The Stratocaster "Jazz Switch" Mod

October 18, 2011
Prior to 1967, Fender used the following wiring: bridge pickup alone, neck pickup alone, and neck pickup alone with an additional 0.1 µF cap engaged.
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Exploring Fender's 5-Way Super Switch

Exploring Fender's 5-Way Super Switch

September 20, 2011
Ready to explore the technical aspects of the 5-way super switch?
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Introducing Fender’s 5-Way “Super Switch”

Introducing Fender’s 5-Way Super Switch

August 16, 2011
Instead of two stages, this switch offers four completely independent stages with six terminals each, yielding a total of 24 terminals!
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The ABCs Of Guitar Switches

The ABCs Of Guitar Switches

July 19, 2011
If you are really into guitar modding, there is no way around learning how switches work.
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Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt. 2

Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt. 2

June 14, 2011
Finding the height at which each pickup sounds best by itself.
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Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt.1

Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt.1

May 17, 2011
1) The distance we’re measuring is from the bottom of the string (pressed against the last fret) to the top of the pickup magnet. 2) The tools: a screwdriver
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Stratocaster Q&A, 2011

April 19, 2011
A selection of Strat-related questions from Dirk''s inbox.
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Mod Garage: The Fender S-1 Switching System

Mod Garage: The Fender S-1 Switching System

March 15, 2011
This month, we’ll take a look at the Fender S-1 switching system. Essentially, it’s a special multi-stage push/push pot designed to deliver maximum flexibility without muddling the appearance of your
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Mod Garage: The Fender Greasebucket Tone Circuit

Mod Garage: The Fender Greasebucket Tone Circuit

February 15, 2011
Many pro players swear by this tone circuit, and it indeed produces a different effect than the standard tone circuit we all know.
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The Fender Delta Tone System, Pt. 2

The Fender Delta Tone System, Pt. 2

January 17, 2011
Let’s take a closer look at no-load pots.
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The Fender Delta Tone System, Part 1

The Fender Delta Tone System, Part 1

December 21, 2010
This month, we’ll begin a two-part series on Fender’s Delta Tone system, which includes so-called “no-load” pots.
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The Fender Eric Clapton Active Mid-Boost

The Fender Eric Clapton Active Mid-Boost

November 16, 2010
The active boost circuit favored by Eric Clapton and how to install it
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The Fender TBX Tone Control Mod, Part 2

The Fender TBX Tone Control Mod, Part 2

October 20, 2010
Experimenting with tonecaps and resistors on the TBX tone control
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The Fender TBX Tone Control, Part 1

The Fender TBX Tone Control, Part 1

September 21, 2010
One of Fender''s oldest factory mods features a stacked potentiometer
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The Fender "Passing Lane" Stratocaster Mod

The Fender "Passing Lane" Stratocaster Mod

August 17, 2010
This mod bypasses the volume and tone controls and engages the bridge pickup with the push of a button
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The Vintage Coiled-Cable Simulator Mod

The Vintage Coiled-Cable Simulator Mod

July 20, 2010
How to make your Strat sound like it''s running through a coily cable
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Tone Capacitors for Stratocasters, Part 4

June 16, 2010
The weird quirks and intricacies of tone caps are discussed
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Tone Capacitors for Stratocaster, Part 3

May 18, 2010
Applying Dirk''s cap knowledge to a real-life situation.
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