Guitar Treble Bleed
In this series of articles and videos, I explore how a treble bleed circuit can improve the guitar tone when using the volume knob. I also look into problems and possible solutions when using treble bleed in a 3-pickup guitar. Enjoy!
In part one of this, video I explain what treble bleed is, and how to evaluate and select the right cap. I demonstrate my G&L ASAT III which has a treble bleed cap on the master volume, and I compare that with my Epiphone Riviera P93 which has no treble bleed caps (yet). The caps […]
This is the followup to my previous video on how to select a treble bleed cap. Here in part 2, I explain some basic soldering skills, and then show how to actually solder the treble bleed cap in place.
Update Feb 4, 2011: I wrote up a number of ideas for solutions in this blog post. Before plunging into the details, here’s the abbreviated version: treble bleed caps don’t work well if you have more than one volume pot connected together. For example, with two pickups and two volume pots with treble bleed, turning […]
A while back, I described some problems with trying to use treble bleed on a guitar with multiple volume pots. When turning down one volume pot, that pickup retains brightness, but the other pickups get duller. In the diagram at right, with middle and neck pickups in a blended switch position, the middle volume is […]