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Firebird pickup wiring for a Strat questions

RocknRollShakeUp

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OK, please forgive me asking a question related to Strats, but I want to convert one of my Strats to a two Lollar Firebird pickup configuration.

As such I'm wondering about what kind of wiring harness schematic I need to use.

I essentially want:


  • A Bridge Volume
    A Neck Volume
    One Master tone
    3 position switch

I want to maximize clarity and chime.

I am assuming that I need 500k pots.

What capacitor values are needed?

I like the 50's wiring with vintage taper/audio taper on my 2014 Gibson Historic Les Pauls. I like playing my P90 and Customerbucker (wildwood spec) Les Pauls with volume on 6-9, with the Princeton clone cranked a bit to verge of break up, for a pretty clean tone, and I like the push into Lead tone territory when I go volume 8-10. I keep my tone on 5-7 to thin the pickups out a bit for more single coil like response, and push the tone to 10 for maximum girth.

I would theoretically like the same response from the Firebird Strat, however I don't know how Firebird pickups will respond! Will they have brightness to spare necessitating a more conventional/modern wiring job, with Linear taper pots? Some say that the Lollar Firebird pickups are like fat Strat pickups. Do Strats typically have Linear taper pots?

So 50's wiring with AudioTaper pots, or modern? Bourne Pots?

Thanks!
 

garywright

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very interesting post ..can’t say that I’ve seen a strat w/firebird pups but I’m sure they’re out there ..I’m thinking lake placid blue ..dark rosewood or amber maple fretboard ..aged nickel hardware :ganz :salude
 

RocknRollShakeUp

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very interesting post ..can’t say that I’ve seen a strat w/firebird pups but I’m sure they’re out there ..I’m thinking lake placid blue ..dark rosewood or amber maple fretboard ..aged nickel hardware :ganz :salude

They are certainly out there for sure!

Here is a video from the Joe Gore, associated with Premier Guitar:


I think they sound better than a regular Strat, at least for my needs, and they look good too!
 
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