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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Jimi Beckton, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Justin226

    Justin226 Strat-O-Master

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    I’m putting a loaded pickguard with Tex Mex pups in today! Tex Mex have mixed reviews on this board, some swear by them, others hate them. I will let you know how it sounds when I’m done :). And welcome!
     
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  2. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Fender severed their relationship with Don Lace in the 90s and developed their own Noiseless pickups.
    They aren't the same design as the Laces... they are simply stacked humbuckers:

    Vintage-Noiseless.jpg Hot-Noiseless.jpg
     
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  3. Martin Mim

    Martin Mim Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome!
     
  4. Jimi Beckton

    Jimi Beckton Strat-Talker

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    Laces were the first noiseless. OK. I never looked to deep into pickups before.
    I don't know too much about the manufacturing history or how guitars are beefed up. Mine have always been cheap and off the rack.
     
  5. StummerJoe

    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome! Sweet classy looking axe and amp! You went all in to get back into it!

    Folks mod their guitars all the time. It can be a lot of fun, I used to do it a lot.

    Lace is still around, but not with Fender. There are quite a few options for "noiseless" single coils out there from several manufacturers.

    I use Ernie Ball 10-46
     
  6. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    Welcome
     
  7. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Strat-O-Master

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    Hello and welcome to S-T Jimi, glad to have you join the group.
    I put a loaded Fender 57/62 pickguard on my MIM, like it a lot.
     
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  8. Jimi Beckton

    Jimi Beckton Strat-Talker

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    Could I make my MIM a HSS? Would it be wiring to?
     
  9. J4ME5

    J4ME5 Strat-O-Master

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    You could of course Jimi! It wouldn't be the most difficult job – but it wouldn't be the easiest either... I have done it once or twice – I wouldn't have much experience soldering, but it worked out well for me... here's a video Fender put out last year – which might help:



    Basically, you're soldering two or three wires (I'm assuming you're going down the pre-wired pickguard route...) – so you will need a soldering iron, and some solder obviously... – but if you take your time, prepare well – and follow the instructions, you should be well able to complete the task :thumb: !
     
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  10. Jimi Beckton

    Jimi Beckton Strat-Talker

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    They think of everything.
     
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  11. Jimi Beckton

    Jimi Beckton Strat-Talker

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    How is everyone?
    The G string on my strat has a funny vibration to it when picked/strummed open. The guy at the shop told me to wind the string around the tuner a couple times then tighten. This way the string will be pulled down like the B and E strings.
    This has to be the cheapest solution, but is it the best? Can I add the metal clip (anchor?)?
     
  12. Fenderbaum

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    Strings are very personal preference
    Dunno if you mean brand or gauge.

    Start with 010.
     
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    FireFunkRevival Strat-Talker

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    Send pics or it didn't happen.
     
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    FireFunkRevival Strat-Talker

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    Somehow I missed this... that is niceeee.
     
  15. hurricanebob

    hurricanebob Strat-Talk Member

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    I switched to Daddario 9.5 's recently for bending
     
  16. Jimi Beckton

    Jimi Beckton Strat-Talker

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    I don't think I expressed myself clearly.
     
  17. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Welcome to the forum! I use D'Addario NYXL 9-42s on my Strat.
     
  18. Jimi Beckton

    Jimi Beckton Strat-Talker

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    When I strike the open G string there's a tinny sound which should not be there.
     
  19. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    First off welcome. C'mon, give us pics of the other guitars too!

    String choice is personal, it really depends on your preferences--and maybe the guitar's preferences too. If you change string gauge, your setup may not be optimal afterwards. Assuming it's optimal now. For someone who hasn't played in years, I suggest starting with 9s--which has been the factory stock string since at least the 80s. Light strings like 9s won't tear up your fingers like heavy strings do (until you re-develop those callouses)--and anything lighter than that breaks too easily if you haven't developed a light touch. Also different strings have different wrap materials, which do impact the sound. My own choice is nickel-wrap 10s on Strat-scale, 11s on Gibson, and 12s on acoustic or short-scale.

    The stock pickups in the MIM are fairly dark ceramics pups. Loads of people swap them out--I did. Swapping pickups involves soldering. It's also possible to brighten up those pickups quite a bit by switching out the pots (the volume & tone controls) for 500k. This costs a whole lot less than pickups, but it does require a bit more soldering.

    Before you buy pickups, decide if you want your guitar brighter sounding or darker--and whether you want the pickups to have a hotter (louder) or cooler sound. There are thousands of pickups on the market, and the descriptions are often lacking--you may get one you like less than what you've got. Also before you buy pickups, look at the pickups & prices on bootstrappickups.com. I'd say you'll get more for your money there than anywhere else.
     
  20. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Make sure the G saddle is level to the body, with both screws even & touching the body. If that's not the issue, try pressing the G string behind the nut & strike the string to see if the tinny sound goes away.

    You also get some weird sounds (esp on the G) if the pickups are too high.
     
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