I have a 1991 American Standard in chrome red and maple board, which is my top guitar of the 28 I own. The only two changes are; replace the tuners with Sperzel locking tuners and replaced the nut with a Teflon nut. I kept the original tuners. It's hard to believe that this guitar with Fender hard case was $580. new back in 1991.Having just brought home a gorgeous new olympic white American beauty, I am curious how others have transformed their new guitars from factory fresh to something uniquely theirs?
I think the first thought that comes to my mind is to play it -- play it in, play it out, let it develop character naturally that came from being played and loved by me. It'll wear in, get a ding or scuff here or there, etc... That is my overall goal.
However, I'm curious what others have done to purposefully make their guitar something unique to them? Stickers? Pickguards? Hardware changes? Curious to see what's out there. =)
Way to go! Pickup height (to me) is important enough to spend as much time as needed to get all the switch position sounds the way you think your particular Strat should sound; and as important to the amp you usually like to play it through.
I'm curious, does the .09 guage set that you swapped to sound better, or did you come down to that guage for playability alone?
"How do *you* make a new Stratocaster *your own*"
unfortunately the all too often used method is grab it and run.....