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swimming pool route

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by PicknGrin86, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. vgp001

    vgp001 Strat-O-Master

    Mar 31, 2012
    Location: Location
    It's all in how you spin it.

    It helps if you get some famous dude or dudette to corroborate your claims too.

  2. DerrickP

    DerrickP Banned

    Mar 17, 2009
    I have a swimming pool routed guitar and it's my fav,.. either you have a good sounding resonant body or you dont, be it a swimming pool or hsh or sss or ssh etc.... I find the swimming pool to be more versatile for different pickup combinations though.

  3. JayJ

    JayJ Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 29, 2011
    Aurora IL
    If anyone thinks that a few square inches of wood make all the difference, I will gladly send you to this guy: - Home

    He will be more than happy for you to part with your money.

  4. DerrickP

    DerrickP Banned

    Mar 17, 2009
    This guy is replacing plastic pickup rings with wood ones like that is going to make a diff in sound on a les paul aside from looks!! .... I fail to see the relavance here, like I said either you have a good resonant body or it's dead wood.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013

  5. DerrickP

    DerrickP Banned

    Mar 17, 2009
    Totally agree with that.

  6. Kyri

    Kyri Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 28, 2009
    I only know the difference between swimming pool and olympic sized swimming pool :D :D :D

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  7. DerrickP

    DerrickP Banned

    Mar 17, 2009

  8. Stratty

    Stratty Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2009
    Prattville, Alabama
    I have a pool route in one of my partscasters.

    But the pickups are good.

    So it sounds good .

    The End.

  9. JohnDH

    JohnDH Senior Stratmaster

    Once you have a big swimming pool route on one side, and the trem cavity on the other, you mostly have a big hole right through your guitar with a thin partition between. It doesn't appeal to me as a good piece of engineering!

  10. PicknGrin86

    PicknGrin86 Strat-O-Master

    May 20, 2011
    Greenville NC
    I agree. However a chamber's ceiling is wood not a pickguard. Just wanted to point that out. I loooove my plus. Just saw that I started this thread quite some time ago.

  11. otstratman

    otstratman Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 24, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Well, I know a Luthier who will create a SSS insert out of Alder. He then will strip the finish from the contact points, use wood glue to attach, sand to perfection, and then flash coat the new SSS cavity. That's a really great idea for anyone who has a great Strat but just can't deal with the swimming pool route.

  12. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    While I personally don't think the bathtub route will necessarily make a Strat sound either good or bad, I really hate how it looks and wouldn't want one myself, even if I can't see it with the pickguard on.

    I think it reflects Fender's cost cutting measures back in the 90s and this cheapens their image, for me anyway...


  13. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    It is all opinion...Imo i would not buy a Strat unless it is routed s/s/s like all the pre CBS Strats...

  14. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    This reminded me of an article about Eddie Van Halen's Ibenez Destroyer that he hacked after recording their debut album:


    He claims it lost all the resonance in the bridge pickup and it never sounded the same after that!

    Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but I wouldn't tempt fate by hacking up my favorite guitars like that I suppose...

    Last edited: May 19, 2017

  15. Spiffums

    Spiffums Strat-Talker

    Nov 2, 2015
    I don't remember if it's a Gibson or a Eippy but there is an x-ray of a LesPaul showing the weight relief and there is a ton of routed out places in the wood.