Fender CS '69, CS '68 Left hand and stock AmSe Strat pickup demo
Custom 50's Neck & Middle + Tex Mex Pickup in Bridge Demo
Clip 1 Just using Fulltone OCD into
Marshall JCM 900 Amp
Clip 2 Using Fulltone OCD + Sweet
Sound Ultra Vibe (Uni-Vibe Clone)
This is the same pickup combination used in the Robin Trower Signature Stratocaster except that the middle pickup isn't reverse wound like the Trower Strat for hum canceling in position 2 & 4 but the tone is still pretty much the same in my opinion.
The custom 50's pickups came from a '56 Strat Closet Classic and the Tex Mex bridge pup came from a new set. Guitar 2005 AmSe White Strat, maple neck, Callaham bridge, into Fulltone OCD into Marshall JCM 900 Amp head into 2x12 Cabinet loaded with Celestion G12H and G12-T75 speakers. Recorded with Shure SM48 mic into Boss BR864 Recording Mixer.
Below are some clean sounding clips where I have the guitar plugged directly into the Boss BR864 Recording Mixer and using a COSM Modeling Clean Amp, Fender Twin Speaker Cab Simulation, Noise Suppression tuned off and bass-middle-treble set to 50% with everything else flat.
Someone at the Fender forum listened to my original sound clips and said it sounded like my bridge pickup was out of phase. So I did some research on the polarity of these pickups in question.
I discovered by a simple polarity
test suggested by Dazco on the Fenderforum.com site
Determining Pup Phase before installing as I had originally incorrectly
installed them due to the fact that the custom 50s pickups are North Polarity
while the Tex-Mex neck & bridge pickups are South Polarity. Thus, I have 2 sets
of sound clips below. The first, with the bridge pup wired out of phase and the
second table after the correction. Notice how twangy and thin it sounds in
Position 2 on the out of phase example in Table 2. I had the same problem above
with using a CS 69 in neck, CS 68 left handed pickup in middle and AmSe Standard
Strat bridge pickup. The CS 68 & CS 69 were both North Polarity while the 2005
AmSe Strat is South Polarity which gave it a weird sound in Position 2 (Middle &
Bridge Pickup). Here I thought it was because the CS 68 has reverse pole heights
to get the left handed Jimi vibe but that was not the case as only the poles
were reversed, not polarity.
Fender Custom 50s + Tex Mex Pickup Comparison Clips
In Proper Phase
Out Of Phase due to South
Polarity Tex-Mex and North Polarity Custom 50s Pickups
Notice the difference in tone between Position 2 in the above table correctly wired and the out of phase wired setup below in the same position.
NOTE: To listen and compare Robin Trower's latest and unquestionably greatest tone, playing his new Signature Strat on the new "Living Out Of Time" DVD that every self-respecting guitar player must have, check out a couple of his video clips out on Youtube:
New! Custom 50s Neck Positions with CS '69s in middle and bridge positions
Here is a new clip using a white Fender Classic 70's re-issue Strat with maple neck with a Custom 50's Bridge pickup left over from above set and custom '69 pickups in middle and bridge position. The CS50s bridge pickup measured at 5.91k as compared to the CS50s neck and middle which both measured in at 5.44k. However, with the CS '69s both measuring around 5.8-6.0k they balanced out perfectly and rounded out the flatter midrange of the stock CS 69 pickup which to me lacked the blues tone fullness. Click here to listen
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Some pics from July 4th 2004 Party jam with legendary Pittsburgh Rocker Norman Nardini
My Old Gear Setup
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