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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Stratamancer, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Stratamancer

    Stratamancer New Member!

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    Hope this is the appropriate forum (I'm new). Ok here's my question(s)

    1. What strings should I get to play in F#?

    2. Found out I need a toggle switch for some wiring mods but do I also need a new 5way selector switch and if so which one?
    Mods I want:
    -push/pull 250k vol pot for out-of-phase
    -3way toggle for coil-split on humbucker (middle pickup) and series wiring for the single coils (bridge/neck) including kill switch and tele-style pup configuration (bridge + neck & bridge +middle + neck)
    -TBX pot for the humbucker and no-load pot for the bridge/neck.

    3.Are the stock pups in my strat ceramic? I have an MIM limited edition "Splattercaster". What kind of pups come stock in these guitars? Looking to replace these with Seymour Duncans (SHS)

    Thanks in advance
     

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  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    do you mean what strings do you need for tuning down a half step?
     

  3. Stratamancer

    Stratamancer New Member!

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    No. What kind of strings should i get to tune UP a whole step. (Yeah I know.. everybody else wants to tune down)
     

  4. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    33
    Sep 4, 2016
    Texas
    Fender branded strings are the only strings that can perform this amazing feat you ask from your strings. (just kidding, any strings can do this)
    You do not HAVE to change your 5 way, unless you broke your old one.
     
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  5. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    oh wow.....man i dont know. but im thinkin they better be pretty strong ones. and ones that come with safety goggles.
     
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  6. Stratamancer

    Stratamancer New Member!

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    I'm thinking in terms of gauge and materials rather than brand.
    I'm used to playing on 10 or 11 gauge strings and I figure an even heavier gauge string might pull my neck/bridge out of wack.
     

  7. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    yeah i would try lighter ones first
     

  8. Stratamancer

    Stratamancer New Member!

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    Re: switch. I heard of a "super switch" 5 way... is it better just to go with a toggle switch paired with my stock 5way switch? Don"t know much about rhe "super 5 way switch"
     

  9. jpjr50

    jpjr50 Strat-O-Master

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    707
    Jun 3, 2016
    Florida
    Make sure strings can handle a step up.

    Philip McNight did a strings shootout to see where they break.

     
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  10. stratistically

    stratistically Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If you permanently tune to F# you may need a truss rod adjustment. Why not just put a capo on the 2nd fret?
     

  11. Seymour Duncan

    Seymour Duncan Senior Stratmaster Vendor Member

    First thing I thought of was a capo, too. Before you replace pickups, decide what problems with the current ones you want to fix or change, then we can narrow it down. What kind of music? And why the tuning? A guitar plays in all keys.
     

  12. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    Jan 30, 2016
    Fulton MO
    I agree with the capo suggestion.that would make far more sense.
     

  13. DeadCircuits

    DeadCircuits Strat-Talker

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    Aug 25, 2016
    GB
    I also agree with the capo, unless I am missing something that you get from tuning up that I'm not aware of...
     

  14. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

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    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    I agree with the capo, however.... The capo only affects the "open" strings. Fretting the 12th on the E string will still be an e with the capo.
     
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  15. Stratamancer

    Stratamancer New Member!

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    Good idea. Which capo would you suggest?
     

  16. Stratamancer

    Stratamancer New Member!

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    Hi do you work for Seymour Duncan? My current stock MIM pups (which I believe are ceramic) I plan to replace with a set of Seymour Duncans (Twangbanger for neck, lil ScreaminDemon for middle, SSL-1 for neck). I play everything thing from funk, blues, jazz and psychedelic rock to metal and grunge.

    The F# tuning is because my favorite harmonica key to play in is B (which is played F# in cross-harp) I think I'll go with the capo idea.
     

  17. Stratamancer

    Stratamancer New Member!

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  18. stratistically

    stratistically Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Anything you like, really. Some makes offering different styles are Kyser, Shubb and G7th. Most music shops will have something. The main thing to watch out for is that it suits the radius of your fretboard and that it has sufficient width ie it covers all the strings (with a little bit to spare).
     
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  19. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    Somebody has to ask, and because I'm nosey, I will. :p Why would you want to tune to F#? o_O
     

  20. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

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    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    His favourite harmonica is B. F# cross-harp.