Fender wants to make YOUR signature strat.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by TrevorMarshall, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. fender_freak

    fender_freak Strat-Talker

    Dec 29, 2012
    La Crosse, WI
    Ash Body
    Spalted maple top
    Root beer colored
    Maple fret board
    Lace Sensor Golds, with mid boost
    2 point trem, machined bridge saddles
    Locking tuners
    Roller nut
    Trem setter
    Abalone dot inlays
    Fender logo inlayed on the headstick
    White PG
    9.5" radius neck, a combo of my American Standard neck and Protone neck
  2. mabley123

    mabley123 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 21, 2010
    i wouldnt call this my signature guitar..but i have been assembling parts for the last 4 years for a pretty much money no object partscaster....except their is 1 area that is limited and that is the pickups and wiring harness....but i didnt go cheap...like say...i didnt go out and buy a complete 1957 or what ever wiring harness and pickups.....

    but i did get 2 original 66 pickups and 1 original 65...which was not cheap

    a july 82-57 sunburst fullerton reissue body...1 of the first and neck plate... neck plate was not original to body

    a roasted flame maple neck with an african blackwood fretboard made by usa custom guitars....i supplied the wood..has a 12 radius...6125 frets a 1 inch c shape at nut and 12th fret....1.625 nut width....a certified preban elephant ivory nut.. rolled fretboard edges, clear satin nitro finish.

    gotoh 510 delta series 1:21 locking tuning gears...gotohs best and probably the best locking gears made by anyone...these are also replacing the really expensive waverly gears that come on really expensive acoustics...

    a kinman k9 solderless wiring harness....but it is solderess only if you use his pickups...but you still have less solder than otherwise.

    mannmadeusa tremolo...original supplier to PRS and built on the same principle as the PRS but is made to fit strat..both 2 point and vintage...also makes exact replacement for PRS.

    illitch noise reduction backplate

    bakelite pickguard pickups covers switch tip ect....not vintage.

    now all i have to do is save up to have rs guitarworks in winchester assemble it, dial the illitch in, setup the tremolo, cut the nut ect....probably will do that within the next 2 months.

    other than finding out if i like the 1 inch neck and 12 radius is the biggest question as to whether i will like it or not...a friend has 1 with a 1 inch but a sofy v....and i like it but it is vintage radius and frets.

    i already know i like the body as i have an original june 82 62 reissue with red bobbins in it and i really like the body....from what ive been told this body.... fullerton reissue 57/62 is closer to a 54 than either a 57 or a 62.
  3. psallo

    psallo Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 26, 2012
    Actually I already made my signature strat. :)

    It began life as a 2012 with a black body and rosewood neck. It has all gold hardware, a mint green PG and aged parts. The tuners are fender gold elite tuners, and the pickups are Klein jazzy cat pickups which I really like.

    I'm not sure what it is about this one, other than the high end pups it's pretty standard, but I do love it.
  4. TrevorMarshall

    TrevorMarshall Strat-O-Master

    May 13, 2011
    Phelan, CA.
    John Mayer Black1 copy?
    If I were to ever get a CS made, I would copy that exact guitar, no relicing.
  5. bluesman1956

    bluesman1956 Strat-O-Master

    Dec 3, 2012
    Upstate NY
    My Strat

    It would have a light weight alder body around 6.5 lbs. A soft "V" neck with a Ebony board and the finish would be Sea Form Green. Pickups would be super hot 62/57s. Quarter sawed neck. That's about it.
  6. ldottrain

    ldottrain Strat-Talker

    Dec 20, 2009
    3 color options; sienna burst, tobacco burst, Sherwood green. Sort v neck shape Pau ferrow board no skunk stripe but with dark tinted flame on the back with pearl dots on the front. 9.5 radius medium frets, with modem locking tuners with pearl buttons, mint pickguard with duncan antiquity pickups and a 2 piece swamp ash body only
  7. David Garner

    David Garner Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 9, 2011
    Yorkville, Georgia
    Internet people like Eric Johnson or Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimmie Vaughan or Kenny Wayne Shepherd or .......

    ...... well, you get the idea.

    My vintage trem and tuners stay in perfect tune. So I suppose my question is, inferior to what?
  8. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    South Carolina
    I'll be honest, I've got about the most perfect strat I could ask for in my '61 Thin Skin. I bought a Mayer Strat a couple years ago because I wanted the Big Dipper pickups and the larger 6105 frets. When I saw the specs on the '61 Thin Skin, I immediately sold the Mayer and bought my '61...

    -Nitro Finish
    -Regular C shape neck (not too thin, not to beefy)
    -9.5" radius
    -6105 frets
    -Vintage tuners and saddles
    -Vintage tinted neck with rosewood board
    -I installed Big Dippers in mine

    Honestly, if Fender built me a custom shop guitar, it would be my '61
  9. psallo

    psallo Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 26, 2012
    It was a take on that one, indeed. And much cheaper :)

    Initially I planned to use the neck from my Mayer signature strat, but when the time came I couldn't part that guitar out. I really love that one and want to keep it together. I prefer the modern shape personally.

    I've heard that the CS 69's (i think?) can get to close to the sound too, but I figured what the heck. They do sound different from the Big Dippers though.
  10. Niloy63

    Niloy63 Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    Houston, TX
    This is fun!

    Body: Mahagony
    Body color: Black pearl (like found on some aftermarket pickguards)
    Pickguard: No pickguard, b/c I want the entire body color to show
    *This is the color I would want the body to be*

    Neck: Bird's-Eye Maple (natural color)
    Neck Profile: Soft V
    Frets: [totally unrealistic] Black metal (i.e., titanium)
    Fret size: 24 Medium Jumbo
    Fret Inlays: Black pearl vines weaving throughout the fretboard, except for frets 3, 5, 7, 9, and 12, where there would be Ohm symbols

    Headstock: Bird's-Eye Maple (natural color, to match the neck)
    Headstock size: classic (small)
    Headstock inscription: Fender Stratocaster, Ohm symbol underneath (in black pearl color)
    Tuners: Gotoh SGV510Z-S5 - black
    String Trees: Graph Tech, black trees and black screws

    Pickups: SD pups - Hot Rails (Bridge), Vintage Rails (Middle), Cool Rails (Neck) - black screws
    Bridge: Wilkinson-Gotoh VS-100 Trem Bridge, black
    Vol/Tone/Tone Knobs: Black aluminum domes (w/o numbers); 500K pots

    Strings: DR Black Beauties, 11 gauge

    Playability - I personally believe the playability on a birds-eye maple neck with a 'soft v' profile is out of this world.
    Sound - The mahagony would give great sustain. As for the pickups, the hot rail would provide a screaming chugging bridge (anything from hard rock to metal), while the vintage and cool rails would provide ample versatility (crisp cleans, solid blues tones, and a nice classic rock crunch). Plug it into a Diezel VH4 or a Bogner Uberschall, and this thing would fly (not that a Mesa, Marshall, H&K, or any other awesome amp wouldn't).
    Aesthetics - I would want every piece of hardware/metal to be gloss black (bridge, pups, knobs, switch, tuners, string trees, strings, including every screw). I think the matching black pearl body, inlays, and headstock inscription, along with the gloss black hardware, would jive really well with a highly figured Bird's Eye Maple neck and headstock.

    As you can probably tell, I've already put quite a bit of thought into this. "You can say I'm a dreamer." And I sure as hell hope I'm not the only one! :D I could only imagine how much this custom job would cost me... :oops:
  11. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 8, 2012
    Gainsborough, ENGLAND
    Mine would be a combination of all the Stratocasters/Partscasters I've owned/built over the years, plus future projects I'm considering:

    Birds-eye maple neck with reversed small headstock, transition logo, locking Sperzels, bone nut, rosewood fingerboard and soft V profile.
    Early 60s body with two-post trem and 11-screw pg.
    Pickups either 57/62s or SSL-1, non-RWRP.
    Standard strat wiring with all 250k audio pots, all 3 pots pull/push.
    First pull/push is a 'Gilmour' switch for all 7 pickup combinations.
    Second pull/push activates an extra pickup (RWRP) in series with all the others.
    Third pull/push is a phase switch for the extra pickup.
    Finishes would be Sonic Blue with a mint pg, or Oly White with a torty pg.
  12. ntotoro

    ntotoro Strat-O-Master

    Jul 3, 2012
    It's nothing terribly exotic, but it's what I'd like... :)

    It would be basically an alder CS56 (stock 10/56 neck, radius probably 9.5" with Dunlop 6105's), but with a '70's headstock. Gotoh staggered-height vintage-looking tuners (basically, what comes on the EJ Strat) and still use a string tree over the B and E. Bone nut, Callaham bridge, .022 PiO cap with vintage wiring. Pickups would either be Custom 50's or CS69's. One seems to work well in our rehearsal space, the other works well live in various rooms.

    Oh, yeah... black.

    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  13. big bad strat

    big bad strat Strat-Talk Member

    May 5, 2011
    1 piece swamp ash body
    birdseye Maple neck w/ same profile as my 1992 Charvel STX custom
    rosewood fret board / stainless jumbo frets
    Tom Anderson Bora-bora blue burst finish
    SSH pickups configuration
    Bill Lawrence pickups
    black pearl pickguard
    Am std bridge with Graphtech saddles
    Sperzel locking tuners
    fender LSR roller nut
    TBX tone control just like my strat ultra
  14. silvertonebetty

    silvertonebetty Strat-O-Master

    Jan 10, 2012
    Humm mine would be a hhh configuration

    Birds eye Maple fretboard
    Birds eye maple body/neck
    A bigsby
    Transparent red paint
    Red pick guard
    Tv jones classic
    Tvjones power tron
    Tv jones power tron plus

    Transparent red headstock 2volume knobs
    1tone knob
    1one troggle switch
    5way selecter switch

    My name inlayed in the neck
  15. pinto79

    pinto79 Strat-Talker

    Feb 6, 2011
    Delta, B.C., Canada


    Bookmatched or single piece Brazillian Lacewood Body, coated in high Gloss Poly, Wilkinson Vintage Style bridge, 3 springs, no pickguard, Pickups would be EMG SA in mid and neck, S in bridge, 6 way switch, master volume, master tone, master SPC control, Top mounted jack (Like normal), Schaller Strap Locks.

    3A flamed maple neck. Small headstock, back of neck finished with Satin Poly, finish removed from fretboard. 22 6150 Frets, top adjusting dual action truss rod, Tusq Nut.
    Gotoh Tuners, single string Tree for E & B strings
  16. Eoraptor1

    Eoraptor1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 4, 2008
    Niagara Falls, NY
    Mine would be very easy for Fender to produce as it's essentially a Jeff Beck signature, but with Clapton signature electronics, only my guitar would feature an ebony fretboard, and a true bypass for the active system. I would also offer an option to replace the Fender Noiseless pickups with Lace Hot Vintage, and the modern roller nut with the one that came out in the late 80's on the Strat Plus. It would come in Olympic White, Candy Apple Red, and Surf Green.

    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  17. juanjosebh

    juanjosebh Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 8, 2012
    Veracruz Mexico
    Mine would be a rojo party strat with a chunky v style maple neck and lace sensor holly grails.

    Sent via Hedwig.
  18. PetesWindmill

    PetesWindmill Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2012
    Lets see... Affordable, like the Jimmy Vaughan, so MIM obviously...
    Lake Placid Blue with White 3 ply PG
    Black with BWB PG and white pup covers.
    Mary Kay with Tort PG
    Thin Poly finish
    Swamp ash body on MK finish, Alder on Black and LPB
    Soft V neck, Maple cap fretboard (no skunk stripe)
    9.5 in radius, Medium Jumbo Frets
    Light Gloss poly finish
    Vintage Noiseless pickups
    Push pull pots wired as tone up, volume down, one for each pickup
    5 way switching with Gilmour mod
    Vintage style bridge, 3 springs, small cavity, no cover, Titanium block
    No string trees (EJ style headstock)
    Locking tuners
    Large Headstock with Spaghetti logo
    Graphtech Nut
    And Signature on the neckplate to not show off
  19. Cujo

    Cujo Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Ellsworth Maine
    body: alder with handrubbed stain
    neck: thick c maple med jumbo frets 12" radius tusq nut with tru oil finish
    vintage staggered machines eliminating need for string tree
    schaller locking strap buttons
    black aluminum pickguard
    five way switch with "gilmour" mini switch
    neck pickup custom shop 69
    middle custom shop 69
    fralin blues tele bridge pickup
    five spring vintage trem
    no trem cav cover

    thats my "custom shop" strat. btw the tele pickup sounds great in this baby. ill post pics when i can
  20. sapi

    sapi Strat-Talk Member

    May 19, 2011