How a treble bleed circuit can affect your tone?

So when the volume is up, the only frequencies being blocked from getting through to pedals and amps are too high to have much of an effect on the ear. Turning the volume down raises the resistance, so the frequencies that are cut off dip are the high ends that you can hear—hence the denser tone.

Is treble bleed necessary?

Basses and guitars with on board active circuits do not need treble bleed circuits. The series combination of 1000 pF capacitor and 150 k-ohm resistor are recommended by many sources as a good choice for maintaining a consistent resonant peak as volume decreases.

How do you add a treble bleed to a circuit?

To conduct your own treble-bleed network experiments, solder two wires to the input and output of the volume pot and connect alligator clips on the other ends. If you let the two wires hang out from under the pickguard for fast access, you can easily try every combination of cap and resistor. (Be sure to take notes.)

What does the resistor do in a treble bleed circuit?

Resistors are components which resist the flow of electrical current. When used in a treble bleed circuit they attenuate the high frequencies to keep the signal frequency balanced.

How do I make my Stratocaster quieter?

The modern style Stratocaster has a middle pickup which is used in reverse. This means that when you mix the middle pickup with either the bridge or the neck, you cancel out the hum. This is why your guitar is silent in two positions, and loud on the other three.

What capacitors does Gibson use?

Some of Gibson’s 2014 model year guitars use Orange Drop capacitors (Fig. 1). Stroll around the net, and some folks say Orange Drop capacitors are the magic ingredient for vintage tone, while others say “designer” capacitors are just hype—as long as the value meets the spec, it doesn’t matter what you use.

Why do stratocasters buzz?

Stratocasters were designed with 3 single coil pickups. Each of the pickups on it’s own produces a loud humming noise. This noise comes from the electrical system, and any other electrical noise that may be around you.

Which treble bleed circuit is right for You?

Love the tone of a treble bleed wired in parallel, but can’t live with the volume sweep? Series wiring – also known as the Kinman treble bleed – is for you. This circuit is extremely popular, as it protects your treble response nearly as well as parallel wiring, but maintains a familiar volume sweep.

How do you Bleed the treble on a guitar?

The solution is to install a treble bleed circuit to your guitar, which can be either a single capacitor or a combination of a capacitor and a small resistor. A capacitor wired in parallel with the terminals on your volume pot will allow the high frequencies through when the volume is reduced.

What is a treble bleed mod and how does it work?

At its core, a treble bleed mod is the simple (and completely reversible) addition of a capacitor, on its own or paired with a resistor, to your guitar’s volume pot. That’s all it takes to ensure your treble “bleeds” through, no matter where you have your volume control.

What are the capacitor and resistor values for treble bleed?

The capacitor values are very small, usually 0.001 µF or less and are usually of the ceramic disc variety. The higher the values are, the brighter the tone will get as the Volume gets turned down. The resistors range from 80k to about 300k and higher values lead to a brighter tone. There are three versions of the treble bleed circuit