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  1. Andrew Wasson

    I stripped the paint off my Fender Tom Delonge Stratocaster but I wasn't expecting this...

    Same here. My 94 MIM is 5 to 7 pieces of what appears to be poplar, without veneer, under a thick coat of black plastic but it's got the 50's super deep contours and with a decent set of pickups and some hardware updates, it just gives it character. Besides, it was the first Fender Strat that...
  2. Andrew Wasson

    This guy is full of

    So... I try not to get involved in discussions about who's a good guitar player and who isn't but credit where credit is due and in my humble opinion, John Frusciante is damn good. I might not love everything he's ever played but sometimes I'll hear something and it'll floor me. I don't think...
  3. Andrew Wasson

    Legit Eric Johnson strat?

    Looks like my 2007 EJ Sunburst. The bridge pickup kills! It is a really nice chunky pickup. The neck is also amazing and I like the feel of the lacquer. It's the main guitar I play. I play it literally every day.
  4. Andrew Wasson

    Rosewood fret board or Maple. Is it just an aesthetic thing?

    I've got both, I like both. Before I had a maple neck, I couldn't conceive having one. Then I got one and then another. Playing wise, I don't have a preference. My hands aren't sweaty so the maple board doesn't stick and playing wise, I don't notice a difference. I probably like the look of...
  5. Andrew Wasson

    Second Strat or a Tele?

    Get the Tele. You've got the JB Strat which in my opinion is a great Strat to have. My Telecaster is one that I built so I can't really recommend a particular model. I do like the Twisted Tele neck pickup and my Bridge is a vintage voiced one from Tonerider. I would think a used Baja Tele or...
  6. Andrew Wasson

    Almost made a big mistake/cool story

    Mac's do seem to last forever. I'm still using the 2012 MB Pro I bought brand new. I replaced the tiny SSD with a 1TB SSD and it's going strong. My 2009 iMac 27" is in my workshop. Still works fine but I replaced it with a newer faster model for work and it doesn't get the latest OS so it also...
  7. Andrew Wasson

    Rub through relics

    None of my poly finished guitars have worn through. I've had my Ibanez AS100 semi-hollow body for 42 years and it has a few little dents and scuffs and worming on the back but it hasn't worn through; the fretboard is like a washboard though and it'll need new frets at some point. I played that...
  8. Andrew Wasson

    Pick scrapes? Who here does em? Im terrible.

    I do them on a few songs with my old band. Nothing over the top, just leading from one place to another either leaving a solo into the verses or from the chorus or bridge to a solo. Timing is everything. You have to exit the scrape into wherever you're going with enough time to hit the next note...
  9. Andrew Wasson

    European Jam Session - March 25th, 2023

    So glad to see EuroStock is back online!! I haven't been on Strat Talk much recently but I just popped in to say hi. I will be coming to Europe (England) next year or the year after so hopefully I can line my plans up to coincide with a Eurostock when I'm over. I hope you have a great session...
  10. Andrew Wasson

    Truth about Fender Japan

    I'm coming from the opposite direction. For the last 8 years or so, I've been all about Strats and Telecasters but when I had been playing guitar for a few years as a kid and I got serious about playing guitar in about 1979/80, my teacher, a local session player suggested I trade in the cheap...
  11. Andrew Wasson

    Hendrix Strat Giveaway Drawing: And the Winner is........

    Congrats @AndyF! Enjoy the new Ax.
  12. Andrew Wasson

    How many electrics do you own at the moment?

    1) Fender Eric Johnson Strat 2) Fender Classic Plater 60's Strat 3) Fender "Squier Series" Strat 4) DIY Telecaster 5) 1981 Ibanez AS100 with Phat Cat P94's 6) 1981 Ibanez AS100 with OEM Pickups 7) 1981 Ibanez AR100 with cream humbuckers Honourable Mention: Fender MIJ Jazz Bass,
  13. Andrew Wasson

    Can't deck 2 point trem

    This is really the only way I'd do it. It maintains the correct geometry for the 2 point and it'll be solid.Nice job.
  14. Andrew Wasson

    Win a Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster - 2022 Giveaway

    And there I was thinking I had all the guitars I wanted 🤤
  15. Andrew Wasson

    Can't deck 2 point trem

    Welp.... Now you've gone and triggered my OCD :eek: I've got a 2-point fender and I swapped out the bridge for a Wilkinson model so I've got the posts and the inserts in the case. I just pulled them out and yes, I can see that the length of the inserts inserts are shorter than the posts. The...
  16. Andrew Wasson

    Eric Johnson Signature Strat early 2000's

    Almost forgot.... Happy New Guitar day (give or take a few days). So much goodness in these EJ Strats. I've got 3 strats and a few other guitars but I don't remember the last time I played any other guitar than my EJ Strat.
  17. Andrew Wasson

    Eric Johnson Signature Strat early 2000's

    Yes. That neck should be really orange with a ton of figuring and flame along the truss slot, the fretboard and the headstock face. Under the right lighting mine looks like it's been painted in; the figuring is so busy it looks fake. Mine is an 07.
  18. Andrew Wasson

    Tremolo „arm tension“ springs

    I don't like those little fender springs. I've had them in my strats but they tend to compress and stay compressed. I'd prefer something more springy. I don't use anything on my strats with the Fender tremolos and my other one has a Wilkinson 2-point so it has a different method for tension.
  19. Andrew Wasson

    Help me in decision - OSx vs Win

    I'm on the Mac team. I've been using computers for Audio (as an amateur) for about 30 years. I started with a DOS box, then Windows and a little over 12 years ago, I switched to MacOS. I've used Garage Band and Logic but the guy I write and record with has a Windows box so we use Reaper for...
  20. Andrew Wasson

    What is a Stratocaster?

    Looks like one to me.
  21. Andrew Wasson

    What is a Stratocaster?

    For me, if it looks like a Strat, it's a Strat. If it's made by Fender, it's a Fender Strat. Visually for me, it's the rounded headstock, the body shape and pickguard with 3 controls and the 5-way switch. I've got three Fender Strats but I wouldn't turn down a decent non-Fender Strat; there...
  22. Andrew Wasson

    If you could pick between the American Original 60’s Strat or the Eric Johnson signature…which would you choose?

    I've got an EJ Strat and it's the nicest strat I think I've ever played. It's one of three strats I own. I tend to tweak the others and I'll play them for a long time to really get a feel for them but when I pick up the EJ, it's just that much better. I really like the pickups too, especially...
  23. Andrew Wasson

    A Stratocaster is better than a Les Paul because?

    Some day I'd like to get a LP with P90's or one of those Alex Lifeson models with the Floyd Rose. For now I've got my early 80's Ibanez Artist for that 10lb solid body maple/mahogany humbucker tone. What I get from a Strat is unique to the way I play and what I hear from others playing strats...
  24. Andrew Wasson

    Let's play a game. Shall we?

    Yep, your posts about them convinced me to try a set of Planet Wave tuners on a basket case rebuild I did last year and I’m sold. I’m likely not swapping out all of my split tuners to convert to them but on any new builds or resurrection projects, Planet Waves will be my first choice. Well...
  25. Andrew Wasson

    The "Other" Major Scale...

    That second form is the one I mentioned earlier where you have your root note on the 5th string. I use the root 6 and root 5 forms of the scale as a warmup to play major scales in the circle of 4ths (circle of 5ths backwards). I’ll start with G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D (Playing...

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