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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by Vinnie1971, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Slight hitch - I wanted a superswitch for and a push pull that decides if in the middle position the middle pickup is selected or bridge and neck instead. Needed an extra 5mm. I little chisel work and a touch up it’s all good!

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  2. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Pickguard just about wired up. Apart from the humbucker as I found a dimarzio Virtual PAF go £45! So this one is coming out.
    The push pull sets the behaviour of middle position on the superswitch - down it’s the middle pickup, up and it’s neck and bridge.

    I’ll see how the Squier Standard alnico single coils sound. From memory on a 250k tone pot with a .033 uF cap they sound good, but I rather like the sound of these hand wound late 50s single coils from axesrus
    http://www.axesrus.co.uk/Axesrus-Late-50s-Single-Coils-p/late50s-uk-sc-set.htm

    Here’s the wiring - not my neatest but it’ll do!
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  3. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Removed the previous headstock decal and lacquer then relacquered and applied a better decal - a few more coats to go...

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  4. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Coming together now.
    I removed the decal as it was a bit too big, got a smaller one on the way.

    Everything is wired up now.

    A push pull sets the super switch - when down everything is regular strat, when up the middle position puts both humbuckers on instead of the middle pickup.

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    Last edited: Dec 13, 2017

  5. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.

  6. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Finally completed!

    Plays fantastic- I love the Virtual PAF, the Squier Standard alnico 5 single coils sound pretty good, if not a little generic.

    Action is 1.9mm bass side to 1.6 treble side at 12th fret. No buzz.

    The pickguard needs a tiny bit shaving off the bridge area as it just touches. But overall a success.

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  7. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Update

    A couple of issues with the build, the body turned out to be 41 mm so the big block trem I have in the way won’t fit.

    Plus the trem holes are very slack and the whole trem moves and contacts the pickguard in use. ( fender spec pickguard is a bit bigger than import one )

    So I found a full depth body and moved it all across.

    I think it looks better in black too.


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    The old tuners had stiff spots so I replaced those too. I stuck with trapezoid as I don’t want to fill holes and drill new ones and any old holes still visible.

    luck must have been smiling as the neck holes lined up!

    Plays nice only a slight adjustment to intonation. Action still the same !
     

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  8. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Updated project.
    The red body was only 41mm thick and not deep enough for my big block Tremolo...

    So it’s now got a new full thickness body and amazingly the neck holes lined up !

    It’s now got Axesrus late 50s handwound single coils in the neck and middle and down Dimarzio Virtual PAF in the bridge. The late 50s classics have a slightly squatter bobbin than regular single coils and tried a slightly P90 like tone. They go well the the Virtual PAF.

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    The strap completes the look!
     
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  9. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    986
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    The reason I wanted a full thickness body

    Thin cheap sustain block - I have known these to crack where previous owners decked the trem and dive bombed or screwed the arm in too far!

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    And the full sized block - from Amazon for less than £20 for the whole bridge, springs, push in arm and block

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    And installed - nice and room to move with a cover on ( not yet adjusted but will be set to float about 2mm) :

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