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I've gone low and added a fezz parka mod. Practically a NGD!

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  1. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    About as low you as can with the pickups on my 2001 Chinese Squire. Im talking about the original ceramic pickups. The DC resistance is 5.8, 6.1, and 6.4 for the N/M/B. I liked them well enough at Fender recommended heights for the last two years. It was an in your face, punch of output and brightness. This was my first Strat after only having Gibsons. As my tastes changed and ear devolved I couldn't take it anymore. I would turn down my mids and highs on the amp And the guitar to the opposite effect. Here is what I have now.

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    The neck pickup is flush with the pickguard. 3 nickles and a dime, 7mm/.275in for the neck and 3 nickles for the bridge, 5.85mm/.23in.

    I can't say it's as "chimey" or "bell like" as my 2014 Commemorative, but it's in the neighborhood. Like, right next door!
     

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  2. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    And then there is the fezz parka mod...

    This is where the 2nd tone pot becomes the "blender."

    Position 1 Bridge (blend neck as desired)
    Position 2 Bridge and Middle (blend neck..
    Position 3 Middle (no blend)
    Position 4 Middle and Neck (blend bridge...
    Position 5 Neck (blend bridge...

    And I requested on option to put pickups in series. I've begun calling it the Punch Button.

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    Your playing along nice and "bell" like in parallel. Then press the push/pull volume pot and your in series. All of a sudden your overdriving your amp.
     
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  3. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Don't you owe Fezz some royalties or something?


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  4. fezz parka

    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ted McCarty should get them for the tone pot. Leo Fender for the blender.:)
     
  5. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hahaha. I was just looking up pre wired strat harnesses. And found these. You would think as much as I read the forum I would have known about these.

    Same with the lowering of the pickups to such a degree. I've read about that a dozen times. Just didn't sink in I've never been accused of being the sharpest tool in the shed.

    I've done enough wiring now to satisfy my diy instinct. For the time involved and the material, I'm not sure these guys are making enough to retire. But it's sure worth it for me to pay em for a job well done! You can just feel the quality in the switch and pots.
     
  6. johntrem

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    I thought Fezz Parka was Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.
     
  7. muso.greg

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    The pup height is a really good "mod" for ceramics pups. The other guitarist in a band I played with in the day wanted me to fit new pups to his guitar as a lot of people told him the reason it didn't sound good was the ceramic pups. As they were gonna take 2-3 weeks to arrive I did a setup and played around with the height on his existing pups (lowered them a lot like you did) which I thought were pretty ok once I did that. I gave it back to him - I neglected to tell him that I hadn't fitted the new pups as I could get the guitar back when they arrived.
    I hadn't decided which pups to order for his guitar and I was still doing the research when I saw him at a jam - he thought I had already fitted the new pups and that was why it sounded so much better! His words were "this is great, but did you blow the budget?" - he thought they sounded "expensive". In the end he saved a chunk of money as he was happy with the "new" old ceramic pups.

    congrats on giving your old axe a new life :)
     
  8. Ebidis

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    Did you not know that @fezz parka is also a very accomplished (read badass) guitar player? And has a pretty good sense of humor too.
     
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    And a corn field......don't forget the corn field.
     
  10. fezz parka

    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's Fess Parker. fezz parka (lower case like kd lang) is a nom de plume, a pseudonym, a stage name if you will. Like John Le Carre. Or Martin Sheen.
     
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    It was a joke, fezz. I'm old. I used to watch Davy Crockett. King of the wild frontier.
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I knew that . :)

    So did l, on the Wonderful World of Disney. I liked The Swamp Fox too.

    Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox....tail on his hat.
     
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    "Tail on his hat/Nobody knows where the Swamp Fox at" Surely you realize that Leslie Nielsen (Naked Gun) was Francis Marion,The Swamp Fox? And don't call me Shirley.
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Of course. I wasn't born yesterday. :)
     
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    Ironic that the Swamp Fox was born in the sometimes frozen city of Regina Saskatchewan and lived for a time in Canada's North West Territories :D
     
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    one of these days I am going to buy a nom de plume.
     
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    Sometimes lowering the pups is all that's needed to get a MIM Standard to sound great :0)
     
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    So... your real name is Stormy Monday? Cool. :)
     
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    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    actually name of my boat. when we cruised you tended to call people by the boat name. But yea....
     
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