#1
Some of you may have remembered that I asked a little while ago about how a complete noob was to custom his own guitar, but decided against it because of an unwilling father.

Since then, I have settled upon a wine-colored standard strat.

Naturally, this is to be customized.

I expect replacing the pickguard and control knobs will be easy, but do you guys have any tips on the routerwork for turning my old guitar into an HSS (from SSS), and/or replacing the pickups?

(This will turn into a WIP thread, with pics and the like, when my dad buys the components in 3 weeks)

Thanks.
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#2
You shouldn't have to do any routing to go from SSS to HSS, just replace the pickguard.
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#3
I've never actually performed surgery on a guitar, so is there actually a gap there?
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#4
^What do you mean?
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson Les Paul Traditional
Cort Explorer
Squire Standard Strat rebuilt with Fender USA parts
Squire Tele
Krank 1980
Orange Tiny Terror
Traynor YCV 50 Blue
Peavey Vypyr 75

Will fly for food. Call me Dylan
#5
Humbuckers are twice the size of a single coil, no?

So wouldn't I have to rout the body to make room in it for the humbucker?
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#6
No, most Strats already have the wood routed for a bridge humbucker.
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson Les Paul Traditional
Cort Explorer
Squire Standard Strat rebuilt with Fender USA parts
Squire Tele
Krank 1980
Orange Tiny Terror
Traynor YCV 50 Blue
Peavey Vypyr 75

Will fly for food. Call me Dylan
#7
Quote by classicrocker01
No, most Strats already have the wood routed for a bridge humbucker.


Yup, either swimming pool or HSH, because why waste money cutting something when you're just going to cover it up, it's simply efficiency on Fenders marketing side.
#8
So I'm guessing a cheap Fender knockoff would do the same thing?

As for the pickups, pretty straightforward?
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