2015 Fender American Ltd Edition - volume bomb button?

ranbush

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Aug 11, 2022
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Hello all - new to this Forum, have a question about a 2015 Fender American Ltd Edition HSS Strat that I bought.

Can anyone tell me what the purpose of the "volume bomb button" on the Humbucker is? I don't need to increase my volume by 289% to play a lead or annoy the neighbors. Is there a schematic on how to re-wire the damn thing?

Thanks in advance.


 

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John C

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So this is some kind of American Deluxe model? It's got the noiseless pickups and the S-1 switching as well as that pushbutton.

The pushbutton switch was called the "Passing Lane"; it basically bypasses whatever you have the 5-way switch, volume and tones set on and gives you the bridge humbucker at full volume with the tone control bypassed - so you're absolutely correct that is is to bomb out on a solo then instantly return back to whatever settings you were using for the rhythm part.

Here's a service manual for the 2015 American Deluxe HSS Shawbucker model that has some wiring diagrams:

 

eclecticsynergy

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Sep 23, 2014
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A "blower switch" like that won't make your guitar hugely louder. It gives you a slightly louder full-volume humbucker tone that's also a bit brighter. But it doesn't act like a booster pedal.

I'd try it out for awhile before you disable it.
Your amp and/or gain pedals might like it.
 
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ranbush

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> But it doesn't act like a booster pedal.

Thanks for the reply, but on this '15 Strat the button _is_ a booster pedal. +100% volume gain.

I should try to find another '15 Strat like this model, maybe a previous owner changed this one to make it louder.
 

John C

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> But it doesn't act like a booster pedal.

Thanks for the reply, but on this '15 Strat the button _is_ a booster pedal. +100% volume gain.

I should try to find another '15 Strat like this model, maybe a previous owner changed this one to make it louder.

Maybe there's an issue with the volume pot - it shouldn't be much different than the normal position 1 (humbucker by itself); the only time it should be a big jump is if you've got the volume turned down and then hit the button. Sorry for misleading you I shouldn't have used your term to "bomb out" on a solo; I was thinking that you're playing a funky rhythm in position 4 (neck + middle) with the volume down a bit and you want to immediately move to an EVH-type solo sound.
 

Wrighty

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Mar 7, 2013
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Surely it’s effect re volume will be dependent on where it is set prior to pressing it? If you’re playing on Vol 2 on tge neck and suddenly take it to flat out, no tone, on the ‘bucker, the change will be substantial?
 

Guy Incognito

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May 14, 2019
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I have this on my American Deluxe. Just don't use it unless you want it.

Like mentioned above it should only be a massive increase of you're running normally at reduced volume. If there's no battery in the guitar, then it's not likely been modded by a previous owner to be an actual boost.
 

ranbush

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Aug 11, 2022
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Thanks to all for the informative replies; now I'm understanding how the guitar is meant to behave.

I should have mentioned that I am playing the Strat thru a Fender Blues Junior with the amp's Volume and Master cranked to get a little distortion when I play my Tele and Les Paul thru the Blues Junior.

So, when I play this Strat and I hit the "+100% Volume" button, the guitar bypasses its own tone and volume settings and the Humbucker goes straight to the settings on the Blues Junior, aka "Eleven and-a-half".

As mentioned by more experienced people here, the guitar is only doing what it was designed to do. Don't blame the guitar! 8)

> Don't push the button?
Simple solution!! Problem solved.

Thanks again for the reality check.
 

eclecticsynergy

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Sep 23, 2014
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> But it doesn't act like a booster pedal.

Thanks for the reply, but on this '15 Strat the button _is_ a booster pedal. +100% volume gain.

I should try to find another '15 Strat like this model, maybe a previous owner changed this one to make it louder.
Apologies - didn't know the American Standard had an active booster with battery power.
I wrongly assumed it was just a blower switch, which is more common I think.
 

Wound_Up

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Jan 23, 2020
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Apologies - didn't know the American Standard had an active booster with battery power.
I wrongly assumed it was just a blower switch, which is more common I think.
What's this "blower switch" you keep referring to? There's no blower on any, guitar ive ever seen so why would it need a "blower switch"?
 

eclecticsynergy

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Sep 23, 2014
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"Blower switch" is a common term for a switch that bypasses all volume & tone controls and wires the bridge pickup directly to the output jack.

It gives a brighter tone without the loading of the pots, and also acts as sort of a preset since you don't have to change the blade switch or knobs to get instant full strength sound.
 


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