Wiring A Stratocaster The Right Way

After over 6 decades, we should have it down by now, yet musicians all over the world spend countless nights struggling to catch some sleep over one stupid issue: a 3-pickup guitar with only 2 tone knobs.

In fact, 67% of the posts on the Luthier’s Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion section of TheGearPage.net for 2019 were about this very issue, making it second overall on the site, trailing closely behind shitty Klon posts. We get it, your glorified TS pedal is exactly whatever you idealized a Tube Screamer to be, and whenever you decide to sell it you’ll be able to buy 17 ODs that all sound the same.

Anyway, here’s a stupid video about a stupid easy way to solve a stupid issue.

Yay.

How to Properly Wire a Strat

This comes up a lot, so I decided to expand a bit about it elsewhere and I’m doing a shameless self-copypasta here.

The question was basically what happens on position 4 (neck/middle) on your typical Strat wiring, with Tone 1 for the neck and Tone 2 for the middle pickup.

The usual stuff was mentioned, the “Eric Johnson” type wiring, the 1 Volume 1 Tone wiring, the “do I have two capacitors when two tones are active” thing came up… yeah, so, copypasta:

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