silly question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bogart, May 20, 2004.

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  1. bogart


    Dec 11, 2003
    big bear, ca
    Alright, I got this guitarist sitting next to me wantin to know what the two tone knobs on his stratocaster do
  2. Same as a bass tone knob: change the tone. There's one for every pickup I think. Just turn them and find out :smug:
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    well, that's one answer.

    What it really does, it subtracts tone. In a passive circuit you can't add anything, so when the tone is at full you're hearing the full sound of the guitar.

    As you turn down the tone knob, an increasing amount of the signal above a certain frequency gets bled off to ground. This is different from a treble control in an active preamp, where cutting treble cuts only a certain band of frequencies.
  4. ubersam


    Oct 12, 2000
    AFAIK, as I am not a big fan of strats, one is dedicated to the middle p-up. The other one is dedicated to either the neck or the bridge, can't remember exactly which.
  5. The last tone knob is a treble rolloff on the bridge pickup, the other tone knob is a treble rolloff for the middle pickup.

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