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  1. dippah

    dippah Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello everyone, newbie here!

    A bit of background... My name is Dino, and I've been playing guitar for 20ish years now. These days I'm mostly a bedroom guitarist, but I still get in at least 30 minutes of playing every day. So, not necessarily a newbie when it comes to guitar playing, but a bit of a newbie when it comes to Strats. My first electric guitar was a ridiculously cheap Strat copy that was an ugly red full of sparkles. It was so bad that the setup, apart from the regular stuff, included a Ouija board and a goat sacrifice, and it still played like it was exclusively made with a chainsaw. In the end, I just got rid of it, saved some money and got an Epiphone Les Paul. That Strat knock-off scarred me so much that I stayed away from anything Strat related for the better part of two decades, mostly playing single-cuts.

    Then, I visited a music store and tried out a MIM Deluxe in Vintage Blonde because I really liked the way it looked (I tried other Strats, some cheaper, some more expensive, but this was the one that called to me). That was a year ago.

    My other guitars now have, you guessed it, a year's worth of dust on them. :D Well, not really, I do clean them and even play them for a minute or two, but I keep coming back to that Strat.

    I've modded it a bit, to better suit my needs and style, but it's absolutely my favorite guitar to play. Right now, I have no plans for getting more Strats, but I have been thinking about a Tele sometime in the future.

    Anyway, lovely to be here, and I look forward to chatting with you! :thumb:
     
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  2. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    Welcome
    Yeah, a strat is special. You're gonna like a tele too
     
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    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Welcome to Strat-Talk :)
     
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    banjaxed Senior Stratmaster

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    Hi Dino, welcome to ST.
     
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    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Welcome in, glad you could join us.
     
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    shovelmike Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome to Strat Talk, Dino.
     
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  7. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    Hey, welcome Dino.

    Your background story sounds very familiar. I have some dusty guitars and a pair of spotless Strats.

    I have to warn you, your going to like a Tele as well. The Strat will always win you back but when I’ve got my Tele plugged in, it’s pretty hard to beat.
     
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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    Hi Dino, welcome to ST, you should get along fine here as you have a sense of humor, own a MIM and are planning on a Tele, obviously good taste:D:D:D
     
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    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Welcome Dino!
     
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    tstone2 Strat-Talker

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    Welcome !!
     
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    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome to S-T! Glad to have you with us.
     
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  12. problem-child

    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

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    "No plans for getting more Strats"... HAHAHAHAHA. That won't last long.

    Welcome to the addiction. I to grew up with an affinity for single cuts and actively stayed away from anything Strat like. I'm not sure how it happened, but now I have five and the others, as seems to be common, gather dust.

    Let's see some pics of that beauty you have.
     
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  13. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    A Tele is a great next guitar. Then after you have the main three (Tele, Strat, and LP) you'll need an SG and an offset. And then ... :)

    I've tried a lot of Strat mods but the one that I keep using is the Armstrong Blender (second tone pot is converted to blend from SSS into HSH, only wiring change no new parts). Then I also swap pickguards out for a reverse Hendrix angle bridge pickup.

    The Tele mod I use frequently is the 4-way switch and rotate the control plate for V-T-Switch to the rear.

    Things to think about as you noodle away on that Strat.

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  14. dippah

    dippah Strat-Talk Member

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    Of course!



    I have an LTD Eclipse which sort of covers my LP needs. Having played a few Epiphone and Gibson Les Pauls, I found that the Eclipse fits me better, if that makes sense. Don't get me wrong, Les Pauls are beautiful guitars, but I'd never play them that much.

    My guitar is a MIM Deluxe with Vintage Noiseless pups which I like quite a bit, except for the bridge one. The bridge was replaced with a DiMarzio chopper, which I can split with the second tone, as it's a push-pull. That tone pot has also been lowered to 500k, instead of 1 Meg, as I found myself rolling off the tone at all times — this is a master tone. The first tone knob is actually a neck/bridge blender that I made from one of the original pots, having converted it into a no-load pot. Originally, the deluxe has a push-push switch to add the bridge to the 1st and 2nd position, but after getting a lovely Decoboom pickguard, I couldn't make myself drill into it, just to add that switch back (plus the switch mounting system is rather dubious).

    Not really a mod, but I had to change the nut, as the original one wasn't cut that well (now it's a Tusq nut).

    The most drastic mod was removing the original 2-point vibrato system. It was fine, not perfect, good enough, but the vibrato arm annoyed the hell out of me. I tried teflon tape, those little arm tension springs, but the darn thing wouldn't sit wherever I left it (which is what I like).

    So in the end, I got rid of the thing, got a Gotoh NS510, replaced both the post sleeves and the posts (I know that isn't necessarily needed, but I figured I might as well), and now I've never been happier. It's a much smoother system, and the arm behaves exactly the way I want it to.

    Things that I'm waiting on are pickup covers because I want them to be white, and I've ordered Tele-style knobs.
     
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  15. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    Awesome mods! You really gave it a lot of thought and it looks fantastic. If I may suggest a solution to your push switch issue, I’d suggest getting an S-1 pot/switch for that. I just ordered one for my Strat because I did buy one of those push buttons with the mount that requires a hole between the tone controls but I didn’t want to drill my guard either. I like the Strat S-1. It goes where the volume is and looks pretty stock. Push the middle of the knob and it switches.
     
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  16. dippah

    dippah Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks! The truth is, it might seem as if I planned the whole thing well, but my guitar was a disaster area for most of the year I've had it with me. I kept changing things, throwing things in and out. At one point, it had a pickguard with the Steve Lukather EMG set (which I loved and kept to put into some guitar in the future), but it wasn't what I was looking for this instrument.

    I figured the whole Deluxe thing is already a mix of traditional and modern so I wanted to keep that balance. I love the aesthetic of the bridge single coil so I didn't really want a full-sized humbucker there. Having tried out a Richie Kotzen sig Tele, I decided The Chopper was the pickup for me.

    I've considered the S-1 quite a bit, but for now, the blend pot does what the old switch did, in fact, it does more, as I can adjust how much of the pickup I want, so that covers it for now. What I might use the S-1 for in the future is to switch that blend between parallel and series.

    But really, after all the experimenting I've done, I'm truly happy with what I have (apart from the few purely aesthetic things like the currently non-white knobs and pickup covers). I feel like I have the guitar for me, and I don't want to mess too much with it, if that makes sense.
     
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  17. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    That sounds very familiar. My Stratocaster’s are much more reserverved but I went through a very similar project with my first Telecaster a few years ago and have a drawer full of parts as a result. At one point it was similar to the Kotzen Telecaster. I’ve got a Chopper T waiting for another Telecaster project. What a great sounding pickup or is. I ended up leaning more towards a Baja Telecaster but also added a Clapton preamp to it with a true bypass. So much one can do.

    Anyway, your Strat sure turned out nicely and it’s truly customized to your specifications.
     
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