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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by belliott4488, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. belliott4488

    belliott4488 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    58
    16
    Jun 13, 2018
    Ellicott City, MD
    Hi, I just joined up.

    I've loved Strats since my teenage years, when I used to doodle them endlessly in class instead of taking notes. I first discovered the different headstock shapes when I realized that my drawings matched only some of the actual guitars.

    My first Strat was also my first eBay purchase in the late '90s (I still can't believe I did that). It was a red Foto-Flame MIJ (or maybe MIK?) '50s model. It had its quirks, like a neck that had been shaped asymmetrically, but I loved it just the same. (I used to tell people that it wasn't so much a nice guitar as a photocopy of a nice guitar. ;-) )

    My next was a pawn-shop find, a 2002 Highway One in Sapphire Blue with a C-shaped rosewood neck. No, I don't mean the C contour - I mean the entire neck was shaped like the letter "C". The sellers said they weren't about to try to straighten it, but if I wanted to try, it was mine for something like $150. I grabbed it and ever so carefully and slowly cranked the truss rod for around five or six turns, as I recall, the whole time being sure that it would snap with the next crank - but it held, and played like a charm. I put an LSR roller nut and Hipshot Tremsetter on it, as well as some locking tuners, and it was good to go.

    Since then I've replaced the neck with a maple one from an American Deluxe of some kind (based on the foil logo and abalone position markers), which had been routed for the LSR nut, luckily, and I also replaced the trem block with one made from cold-rolled steel with a Delrin insert, which I got from someone in the UK who made them (maybe it was Wales?). I've lost track of who he was, but the block seems very similar to the ones that Callaham makes.

    I'm expecting a set of Fender Hot Noiseless pickups to arrive tomorrow, which I ordered mainly because I'm tired of playing gigs in weird places with lots of electrical interference that forces me either to stand facing in an awkward direction or put up with helicopter noises out of my amp. I know some people don't care for the tone of the Noiseless pickups, but until I can limit my playing to noise-free environments, I'll take them.

    I'm hoping the next step will be to replace the bridge plate with one from a later Highway One model, which will allow me to go to the narrower string spacing but still fit the current screw spacing. If I can find one, I'm thinking of swapping the saddles with Graphtech string savers as well.

    That's it for now. Maybe later I'll post pics or tell you the story of my '72 double-cutaway Tele, which I bought from a friend in '79 for $110, if there's any interest.
     
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  2. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Welcome! Enjoy the site.

    I lived for a while in Ellicott City, a long long time ago.
     
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  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
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    Welcome to the forum. :)
     
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  4. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    58
    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    Welcome...now where's your pics
     

  5. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    54
    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    Welcome!!
    They let you take a Strat to class?

    And, yes, we need pics.
     

  6. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

    May 11, 2018
    Illinois
    Welcome to S-T! Jump right in...I did!
     

  7. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

    May 11, 2018
    Illinois
    I think by "doodling" he meant drawing pictures...
     
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  8. Tone Quest

    Tone Quest Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    63
    949
    Sep 11, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    Welcome aboard. This is a great place to hang out.
     

  9. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    74
    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK

  10. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    62
    May 30, 2013
    SE England

  11. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson

  12. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    Tennessee
    Welcome to Strat-Talk :)
     

  13. belliott4488

    belliott4488 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    58
    16
    Jun 13, 2018
    Ellicott City, MD
    It's a pretty tough place to be living right about now :( ...
     
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  14. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I moved away as Columbia was being built.
     

  15. belliott4488

    belliott4488 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    58
    16
    Jun 13, 2018
    Ellicott City, MD
    Thanks for all the welcomes!

    [EDIT - I removed a reference to a classified ad when I learned that that is frowned upon.]
     
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  16. PF Twanger

    PF Twanger Strat-Talk Member

    67
    Jun 4, 2018
    Nashville
    Welcome! Looks like you're a natural born story teller. I, for one, am very interested in your tele story. I like your "mad scientist" approach to guitar maintenance!
     

  17. medicchief

    medicchief Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Feb 10, 2018
    Arkansas

  18. belliott4488

    belliott4488 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    58
    16
    Jun 13, 2018
    Ellicott City, MD
    It shows??

    As it happens, I have a degree in Physics, but I really didn't think that would be evident in my guitar stories! ;-)

    I need to dig up some pics of my Tele (the first electric guitar I ever owned), my first Strat and my current one. Then maybe I can use them to illustrate some stories - like the time I got excited during the finale of a gig to an empty room, and sheared two knobs off my Strat (shafts and all) and flattened the switch lever against the pickguard. (!)
     
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  19. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

    May 11, 2018
    Illinois
    Yeah...no more Pete Townshend videos for you!
     

  20. belliott4488

    belliott4488 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    58
    16
    Jun 13, 2018
    Ellicott City, MD
    ... but it was fun!