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Just A Rhinestone Stratocaster...

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by RhinestoneStrat, Aug 16, 2019 at 1:43 AM.

  1. RhinestoneStrat

    RhinestoneStrat Strat-Talker

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    Well it's wonderful to be part of a forum where people love Stratocaster guitars. I own a few and this one is my prized possession. I thought I'd introduce my 1998 Fender American Standard Strat I've had for over 20 years now. As of late I've had the idea of decorating my guitar with rhinestones after a trip to the dollar store. I think now my Strat has all the country tone it can muster.:)

    I've also done other things to this fine instrument. I've soaked the pick up covers, control knobs, switch tip, & whammy bar tip all in a big mug of black coffee for a couple of days. The results turned out great and I love the coffee colour look. The extra caffeine adds to the tone of the guitar.

    Then I stained the lovely rosewood fret board with ebony wood stain. I've did this a few times for a good soaking. Then I sealed the FB with a few coats of raw linseed oil. The results turned out wonderful for an ebonized rosewood look. I've always liked the dark rosewood boards on the old 50's Stratocasters that you see in some photos.

    I got another idea from a guitar D.I.Y. website a few years back on how to enhance the sound of your single-coil pick ups. From automotive sheet metal I've cut some rectangle shapes to cover the bottom side of the pick up...enough to cover all six pole piece slugs. I used dabs of silicone to hold them in place for all three pups. The Seymour Duncan 'Twang Banger' pick ups use the same principle but with a copper base-plate. The idea is to direct the magnetic force of the magnets more upwards towards the strings for a brighter tone with more presence. I love the results and this mod can be easily reversible if desired.

    The last mod was installing a neck pick up ON switch...right by the 5-way selector switch. This gives me 2 extra positions or tones that include having the bridge and neck pick ups on only and out-of-phase. And lastly having all 3 pick ups on at once. I really love the sounds I get and my guitar feels complete. There is nothing like a good Stratocaster guitar to shine & cheer up the day.:)

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  2. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    All you need is Elvis in 'that' rhinestone encrusted white suit.... a hunka hunka burnin' love... lmfao
     
  3. RhinestoneStrat

    RhinestoneStrat Strat-Talker

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    Well speaking of Elvis and rhinestone guitars here's a video where I got the inspiration.:)

     
  4. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

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    Seems you not alone in this quest [​IMG]

    Sent from my HUAWEI VNS-L22 using Tapatalk
     
  5. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    So what's your take on pearloid pickguards?
    'cause that axe is screaming for one.
     
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    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    My wife saw that, and now she wants one. I had to explain to her that you did the decorating. My wife is really small. If they ever come out with a squier mini in purple, I’ll get her one, and we can do some decorating like yours. Purple is her favorite color.
     
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    sgarnett Strat-O-Master

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    The long nails were about the third thing I noticed in the Laura Cox Money for Nothing video. I had to watch it a few times to get past the first two things I noticed .... Anyhoo, somehow they manage. I don’t know how.
     
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    sgarnett Strat-O-Master

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    Wasn’t the Bonnie Raitt model carved a little on the petite side? I don’t know what the color options were though.
     
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    Needs some turquoise binding.
     
  11. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    You are only a rattle can of purple away from being there.

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  12. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    With all of the refinishing and themed guitars that I make, My wife wants me to make her one that looks like a cupcake with the neck being the candle. Guess what I will be doing this winter.
    Also, give the beadazzeler back to your daughter now. :D:p
     
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  13. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I played one once. The neck was super small.
     
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  14. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Strat-Talker Vendor Member

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    I tried to make a skull out of rhinestones on a pickguard once. ended up looking like an angry snowman.
    Can't fault anyone who want's to personalize a guitar. I did a whole guitar front face, made a dull guitar into a pretty fun conversation piece
    and sucked no tone that I can hear.
     
  15. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    Only those who outwit the legenday El Mohán may enjoy the secrets of tone coffee.

    For some odd reason, I just loved Dread Zeppelin.

    @jvin248 beat me to it, but for under $100 total you could buy a Squier Mini, spray it purple, and make it all rhinestoney!
     
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  16. RhinestoneStrat

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    I'd like to try this on my Les Paul guitar. Would it be overkill?

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  17. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    If you mean the three humbuckers, then yeah, it's overkill. They kinda take the focus away from the sparkles.
     
  18. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    Look at her fingernails. Poser!
     
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  20. RhinestoneStrat

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    I'm be-dazzled!:)
     
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