Anyone else been doing some guitar modding lately?

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  1. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Just got done testing the hybrid (volume/blender) pot on the Frankencaster. The bottom tone pot is a blender pot that goes to open when turned all the way down like a no laod pot but the on the opposite end of the sweep. When I flip the DPDT to break the signal from the other two pickups that are on the three way blade switch, the ground is connected making it a volume for the middle. If I turn the volume down on the main volume the middle pickup is straight hot with no tone in the circuit like my other strats.
    I modded the pot by taking it apart and covering the ground end of the sweep with CA glue then reassembling it. This allows it to work as both a blender and a volume depending on how I flip the toggle switch between the volume and top tone.
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  2. StratAlchemist

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    B63FEA19-159B-488C-8325-976A241DB16A.jpeg 9B6455B4-8741-43FB-88AD-D9492C930383.jpeg Swapping the AVRI 59 neck for a quartersawn maple boatneck stainless frets from Warmoth. Getting ready to fret level, spray tinted nitro and a custom decal with my daughters name. Recently finished a Warmoth body and neck tele the same way. As much as it pains me to say it, I’ll never buy another off the rack guitar again. Too much fun and greater overall value in assembling and painting it myself.
     
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  3. BuddhaFingas

    BuddhaFingas Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Finished my handmade pickguard for my P-Bass, and installed my GFS "Hot" pickups and upgraded electronics.

    Very satisfied with the results, visually and audibly.

    (Original on Right, my handiwork on Left)

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  4. montemerrick

    montemerrick no earthly reason why

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    i turned this, which has been in a state fo flux since i first got it as a torino red hardtail warmoth partscaster with three single coil strat pickups (which went to live with @rolandson )


    into this, and i'm very happy with it...

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    and this one (which started off with a minihumbucker in the neck and a rosewood fretboard, before i added the HB shaped charlie christian)

    became, basically the same but with a six saddle bridge for better intonation (and i like it!)

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  5. ladewd

    ladewd Strat-Talk Member

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    I’m still in the process of modifying my MIM Tele. I installed vintage pickups in it & I’m in the process of wiring up a 5 way switch for it. Then my garage lights went out & I haven’t had the time to fix the lights yet. Fortunately I have more guitars to keep me happy at this time. I really miss the Tele though. I may need someone to kick me in the ass to get back working on it again.
     
  6. Mr Jagsquire

    Mr Jagsquire Strat-Talker

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    Not Strat talk modding, but I got some more parts for my Jaguar project: Simplified the switching and put the pick up selector on the upper horn where I find it more natural to grab. The lower hexagonal plate has a bypass switch and a control for the Eric Clapton mid boost circuit that I will fit under neath that plate: There is enough room for a 9v battery at the bottom of the route and the PCB on top, under neath the mid boost pot.

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    Next mod is changing the modern tuners for vintage split post ones: I struck lucky as the originals have come out and just left a clean 10.2mm hole that I can use adaptor bushes to fill, with a 6mm hole for the tuner. I've ordered a set of Fender Pure Vintage nickel ones. I'll have to drill the mounting screw holes, but once done, there won't be any extra holes visible. I prefer vintage tuners when I'm restringing and all my other Fenders have them. The only clue will be a slightly larger bush around the tuner post, but I can live with that.
     
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    20210215_125102.jpg Just finished taking this apart and putting it back together so I could buff out the paint up close to the bridge and pickguard. The Schaller hardtail bridge is a nice piece of work. 20210215_125102.jpg uh
     
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    Torvald Strat-O-Master

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    Not sure how that happened.
     
  9. Mr Jagsquire

    Mr Jagsquire Strat-Talker

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    I drilled the headstock for vintage tuners today and put my Jaguar project back together. I stretched the strings and adjusted the (Staytrem) bridge height and intonation, then played it for an hour...stayed perfectly in tune, so that bodes well for a gigging guitar. The aged tuners are for my Strat project, so I'll swap them over once the un-aged ones turn up and fit the Eric Clapton PCB when I next change the strings.

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    Slightly oversized adaptor bushes, but I prefer vintage slotted tuners and find them easier to restring with them...all my Fenders have them (now):
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    The Pau Ferro fingerboard has had 3-4 treatments with Monty's MontyPresso wax which has made it a bit darker, but it also feels really nice to play now: It was very rough when I first bought the guitar, so the frets, fret ends and fingerboard have all been sanded, buffed and polished smooth. It now feels like a really high end guitar. :)

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    The whole guitar (still with the plastic film on the 'guard until I finish it):
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  10. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    I have been working on this Warmoth neck. Just got the stainless frets installed, leveled and dressed. Then rolled the edges and will be adding an LSR nut to it.
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    I am thinking it will go on this guitar.
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  11. Mr Jagsquire

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    Wow, those frets look like railway tracks (in a nice way that is :)). I should have got Stainless frets put on my Strat when it was re-freted, but it's too late now. Gives me an excuse to build a back up one though. :cool:
     
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    I just changed pups on two Am Pro Strats because I didn’t like the V-Mods. Both have Texas Specials now and they are great. Job done.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Thank you! These stainless frets do polish nicely but with little patience, a Dremel and a steady hand, I've found that nickel can look almost the same.
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    Though I can't say what the difference is in how they play yet because this neck is the first one I've ever had with stainless.
    In case you can't tell, I like big frets.
     
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    systolsys Strat-O-Master

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    Where did you get that guard from?
     
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    JeffBlue Strat-O-Master

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    I got the used pickguard with another used metal pickguard used from a forum member when we traded parts. I don't remember who I got it from.
     
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    Ahhh.. poop. Thanks ;)

    I have a Roadhouse strat in Aged Copper Metallic. I currently have a chinese "copper bronze" anodized aluminium pickguard on it... which looks okay... but I think a real piece of copper is what I need to get the effect I'm after.
     
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  17. Believer7713

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    Anacharsis No Longer Here Platinum Supporting Member

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    I started with a new Squier CV Thinline a few years ago. Added Fender PV 64 pickups (tech put those in). Then about a year later, I swapped the neck for an MIM Player. This past week, I put on a Fender 6 barrel bridge. Now it looks like a Fender (and honestly, but for the body and the pickguard, etc, it is one):

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  19. JeffBlue

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    Check these..............
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    These are homemade custom pickguards and brass tops on guitars.
     
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  20. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    I love the 5 way switching for a tele. I have it in my only tele and am doing it to the 2 P90 strat that I am currently building too.