I want a strat.

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  1. ckeanem

    ckeanem New Member!

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    HI. First electric guitar is Epi les paul studio for my daughter 3 months ago and I am hooked. I am 51. I got this Tagima for me (trying to go more strat). I really want that SSS set up, but do I need it if I have this? There is a single coil switch
     

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  2. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    It's a matter of taste. IMO the magic of a strat is in the neck pickup and in the middle pickup.

    The easiest way would be to just get a SSS pickguard and a bridge pickup, or a fully loaded SSS pickguard instead of your HSS.
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    I've not got much idea of the guitar you already have.
    Maybe it already has some sort of coil tap. (Coil tap uses just one side of a humbucker pickup, effectively making it like a single coil pickup) Try lifting the volume and tone controls to see if one or both have a switch to tap the humbucker.
    If so then you have the best of both worlds with your current guitar.
    You don't say if you're a beginner. If you are I'd stick with what you have until you get a better idea of what to aim for in the future. I would also humbly suggest that you take the guitar to someone to set it up for you.
    good luck and welcome to Strat Talk! :thumb:
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    Soz. I've just seen that the guitar has a single coil switch.
    In my opinion you don't need anything else. :D
     
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    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Welcome and HNGD! You do not need to trade at this point. I'd stick with the HSS for a while, get used to playing and the tones you are after...then try some SSS when you can to see if you discern a difference worth pursuing. Early on, it is easy to tumble down the rabbit hole of collecting/trading more than playing...says living proof of that;).
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    buy a blank replacement pickguard in SSS style for your guitar. It's possible a regular Fender/Squier Strat pickguard will fit seamlessly. If not it will be very close. You can buy pickguards off Amazon/ebay for $12 or so in whatever color you want to try.

    Then load up the new pickguard with whatever you want to try. You can always go back to the original loaded pickguard to get back the tones you have now or if you ever decide to sell the guitar (and so the modded pickups you buy can move to your next guitar).

    This Strat started as an HSS. I bought the tort $12 pickguard with the reverse/'Hendrix' bridge pickup slot. I then wired the SSS pickups to an Armstrong Blender where I can spin from all the classic Strat SSS tones into hot HSH tones or anywhere between.

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  7. TepidPilot

    TepidPilot Strat-O-Master

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    My Carvin Bolt is HSS and the humbucker has a dual/single coil switch. The sound of the single coil setting is not so good, little resemblance to the single coil bridge pickup of my Strat, and I usually leave it in humbucking mode.

    TP
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    Keep it as is.
    You're hooked?
    There's gonna be more guitars.
    & Hey
     
  9. GuitarGeni

    GuitarGeni Strat-Talk Member

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    You don't need to change a thing. If there is a switch for then humbucker to split to single coil, you are good to go as is.

    If it's the look you're going after, just buy a loaded pickguard and swap it out as another poster suggested.

    If you aren't able to solder, then I would recommend you just leave it like it is, use the switch and wait until you have more experience.
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 and welcome!
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    That's what I was thinking.

    Just leave it and get a second, a proper sss Stratocaster. I've got goosebumps just thinking about it.
     
  12. Slyy

    Slyy Strat-Talker

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    You're asking a bunch of guys on Strat Talk if you need a Strat.

    OF COURSE YOU DO!!!!!

    :D:rolleyes:;)
     
  13. GuitarGeni

    GuitarGeni Strat-Talk Member

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    Yeah, kind of like asking a room full of junkies if you should take the red pill or the blue pill? You take BOTH silly!
     
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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yes , buy a Stratocaster!!
     
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    duzie Senior Stratmaster

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    One pill makes you larger
    And one pill makes you small...
    And one guitar is not enough
    No not at all :D
     
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    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the party! I see you have already met several of the Strat enthusiasts here. Make your own decision, but remember this question:

    Q: How many guitars are enough?

    A: Just one more.

    Just saying. Enjoy your musical ride. :thumb:
     
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  17. AJBaker

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    Looks like you have a neck blade humbucker, and a normal bridge humbucker.

    Nice looking guitar!
    You don't NEED to change anything, but it might be interesting to try the sss setup just to see what all the fuss is about.

    A loaded pickguard would be a pretty easy thing to try, I'd give it a go!
     
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  18. ckeanem

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    Holy hell! thank you for all the replies! did not expect it or get any notifications? UPDATE: found this for cheap. squire body/custom pick-guard/fender neck? idk. and $200 worth of pup upgrades. NOW the question is do i swap out the middle single from the Tagima to the Bridge pup on this squire/fenderish thing and make it more of a strat? Then where do i put the seymor on the Tagima?!!! I do my own brakes and have built a handful of computers so I dont think this is beyond me... just soddering right? am i wrong in thinking that that Tagima would be wreckless?
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    ckeanem New Member!

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    well, that was short lived lol shh
     
  20. FireFunkRevival

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    Heard that... I've been sitting down at night everyday lately and just enjoying the two strats I have. There is definitely a science to finding the sweet spot on each and its been a lot of fun to see what I can get out of them. It's too easy to think we'll this may not be the one when you could change it to I may not be on this right at the moment. I agree though. Play more.

     
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