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Video: Treble bleed volume circuit with and without a resistor

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I threw a new SSS pickguard on my Strat recently (I'd had it SSH for years), and in doing so tried a couple different treble bleed approaches - I didn't do any video of the "50's wiring" approach, but I did a before/after when I decided to remove the resistor wired in parallel with the capacator (which is the standard "treble bleed" mod).

I was surprised to find how much I preferred this mod without the resistor, but I probably shouldn't be - I guess a cap, no resistor, is standard on most Ibanez guitars, and furthermore when I went back to check is how I'd had my strat wired up in the past. A lot of people find the capacator alone too pronounced and add a resistor in parallel to lessen the effect somewhat; I'm not one of them. I ride my volume knob a fair amount while playing, and use it mostly to control the perceived saturation on a moderately overdriven amp (here, in the first two clips, a Rectifier Roadster in Ch. 3 Vintage, my usual lead setting - the final is Ch4 for a heavy high gain sound). With the resistor, you didn't preserve the high end clarity quite as well as you rolled the volume back - there's an appealing vintage-y softness to the highs, and it probably would be ideal for a clean player or a guy looking to use his volume knob to sit back a bit while playing rhythm, but for lead work it didn't clean up as nicely and changed the tone more than I wanted. Without a resistor, there's a TON more sparkle left in the signal than with.

I think the third clip, around 1:40, is hilarious; it's a heavy Rectifier crunch, yet with the volume back it's a clean tone that wouldn't be out of place on a Black Crowes album.
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