Mary Kay master built

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by mikem4879, Apr 21, 2020.

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    That's a beautiful Strat.
     
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    I would use some kind of buyer protection and insist it is for both parties to transact securely.

    Especially for that sum.

    Better yet, I'd want to personally inspect. It can be done in the current "climate" safely.

    Money should be direct transfer rather than cash - cash carries cooties.
     
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    OMG what an absolute beauty.
     
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    Thanks, guys for all the responses. I wont be able to personally inspect it unfortunately. I went ahead and just pulled the trigger. It is through Reverb, so there is some protection. I will let you know how I like it when it arrives!!
     
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    mikem4879 Strat-Talk Member

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    Ok so here are some first impressions. I dont have a lot of experience with strats so I am still learning.
    I am not a fan of the tuners. It may be that I dont know how to use them though. They just have slit in the top for the string instead of a hole to put the string through. The string kept coming out of the slit. They keep it in tune so I am not complaining about that, but it was more of a pain to restring it.
    It is light! It is comparable to my Ric Carl Wilson 360. I really like how light it is.
    I like the neck. I know that is personal preference, but I don't mind the skinny neck.
    It does sound great. It has the three way switch installed. The five way is included in the case. Does it hurt the value to have the 5 way installed? I do like the tones from the three way, but wonder if i would like the sounds better with the 5 way. I don't want to hurt the value of it by switching it though.
    It also looks really good. I like the Mary Kay finish.
    The tremelo is way too hard to use. Is that just a matter of adjusting the springs in the body? I havent messed with that yet.

    Sorry for some of the beginner questions. This is only the second strat that I have.
     
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    You'll get used to those split-shaft tuners. The first time restringing can be a little rough, but you'll get the hang of it after that. Just keep tension on the string as close to the tuning peg as possible while you crank the tuner like a madman.

    As far as installing the 5 way switch...do you plan on selling the guitar someday? If not, I wouldn't worry about resale value and just do it. A strat isn't a strat without that quack.
     
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    You stick the end of the string straight down into the hole.
     
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    Split shaft tuners are the best! But if you can't get along with that guitar I'll gladly trade you the LB Strat in my avatar for her:)
     
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    guitarchaeologist Artist Formerly Known as π Strat-Talk Supporter

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    As a big M.K. fan, congrats!
    The vintage tuners work great (once you understand how to string them. Enjoy.

     
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    Ok, first things first... Congrats on your new guitar. I love the Mary Kaye transparent blonde finish. It’s got to be my favourite looks.

    Also, all of my Strats have vintage split tuners and so does one of my Ibanez guitars. They are simply the best tuners once you get the hang of them. I have a set of needle nose pliers and I put a 90 degree bend in the string and it goes and stays in the hole as I tune. They don’t go out of tune even with a little playing with the tremolo arm.

    Comgrats again!
     
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    ha OK So I will rethink the tuners. I just have never seen them before, so I definitely struggled a little. Nothing big.

    What about the tremelo bar. Is it just up to your preference on how hard it is to move, or does it also affect the tuning.
     
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    It’s been my experience that the stiffness of the tremolo (floating bridge) doesn’t affect tuning. I have mine set for full floating with 3 springs. It’s not very stiff at all. I don’t do a lot of whammy theatrics and it stays in tune just fine. I do make sure the nut is well cut and the strings aren’t binding and I usually use a little cocoanut oil in the nut slots to make sure there’s no binding. I also set the 4 inner screws on my tremolo about a quarter turn higher than the outside 2 screws so that there’s less chance they’ll bind and hang up the tremolo and prevent it from returning to neutral.
     
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    I have come to love vintage tuners. I like to stick that pointing end of a tooth pick in the tuner hole once I put the end of that string in. It keeps the string in place while you tighten and then can easily be removed when done.
     
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    Ok Thanks I will check out the springs. I havent opened up that area yet.

    Good idea about the tooth pick.

    Thanks.
     
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    My AVRI models are 54, 56, 57, 59, 62, and 65. I also have the AVRI 65 Jazzmaster and Jaguar just to complete the set.
     
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    Congrats on that amazing guitar.

    The trick with the split tuners is to stick the string in as far as you can and then create a bend in the string. For years I would just try to wind it without that kink and the loop would pop off.

    The rule of thumb, as far as the switch, is do what you want but, keep original parts and make sure whoever does the work does good work. I do all my own work but, for an instrument like that, Id get a pro with a great rep so that everything is well done. Hope that makes sense and congrats!!!
     
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    I'm nosey...any with a Surf Green finish?
     
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    thanks Stevierayfan91 and amstratnut. I am liking it so far. I am really considering having the 5 way switch installed.
     
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    This thread makes you seem extremely punchable.