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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by Geddon, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. Geddon

    Geddon Strat-Talk Member

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    these were a fun project. Somewhere when I was close to finishing the neck one I got the idea to make it a pair and make a humbucker in the bridge version. The idea was make it easy to swap the pickup and have something light and simple to play. I like the result a lot and I’ve been playing them more than my regular strats.

    Mods:

    Squire HT HSS base for both

    Converted to string through

    Kill switch buttons

    One has a random bridge I found on reverb, another a squire bridge that was drop in for string through.

    Contoured saddles

    Warmoth guards and backplates

    Yen yang dragon neck plates I found on eBay

    Fender MIM necks

    Redid the electronics from scratch.

    Hole through and wired connectors for easy pickup changing

    Dunlop straplocks

    Graphtech string trees

    Fender locking tuners

    Grip strip I like to put on all my guitars

    Reversed dragon stickers

    Next up I have a project to work on a back routed HSS strat that I can also easily swap pickups in so I can share pickups between all these guitars. Here are some pictures of the body. Found it on reverb. I’m probably going forward with the dragon theme and I’m thinking red or blue for this one and roasted maple neck.

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  2. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wow, twins! Looks great!!
     
  3. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow! Cool!
     
  4. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    Here's a silly question. When building these things and using "stickers" like your dragon themed type, do you put those on before final clear coat or are they very thin and you just stick them in place? I have an ESP/LTD 35th anniversary (Eclipse) guitar that has a very large dragon placed on the front of the guitar, and I think it was airbrushed on before final clear coat, but really don't know how it is done at the factory or by individuals. I guess the same technique would be used for the word Fender on the headstocks? Another detail that I don't know about!!
     
  5. 79olympicwhite

    79olympicwhite Strat-O-Master

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    My buddy has a 78 natural finish fender strat with just the neck pup and just a volume pot.. he plays rhythm and ldk why but it sounds great
     
  6. Geddon

    Geddon Strat-Talk Member

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    These in particular are very thin and I just put them on. For a more permanent attachment, I think clear coat would be good. Maybe I’ll try that. These were all learning experience for me so that would be another thing I have never done.
     
  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice pair! I like how you moved the regular volume-knob-is-in-my-way problem to open the space up. I've watched videos of Hendrix and he uses that whole region that is blocked by the regular volume placement, he basically played it like a Tele, something overlooked in most mods.

    I'd get a little nervous only having the white guitar with just a neck pickup -- even though I know the neck single coil is the best tone out of a Strat.

    That bridge humbucker ... lower the pickup and raise the screw poles 1/8th to 1/4inch. You'll get more definition plus keep the noise reduction.

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  8. Cajunboy2k

    Cajunboy2k Strat-Talk Member

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    Those look really cool.
     
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