#1
I've read some great reviews of the Jim Deacon strat copy, (There's one guy saying it sounds like Fender pickups.) and tried one in a local shop, which I really loved. And they're only £100, so I think I might pick one up as an improvement on my Yamaha Pacifica 012 and Encore strat copy.

Only thing is, I want convert it into a fat strat, so this means getting a humbucker and installing in the bridge position for a thicker sound. But seeing as Jim Deacons aren't as popular as Squier Strats and others, I don't know where I'm supposed to get a hss scratchplate for it. Any ideas?

I'm also considering a HSH layout or SHS, so if there's a scratchplate for that?

PS I'm almost positive it has the swimming pool, rectangle cut routing, so should allow for a humbucker to be installed without any cutting of the wood. Thanks,
Gear:

Vintage VS6 (Wine Red)

Marshall VS100 Valvestate head with 4x12 angled cab

Squier Strat (Fiesta Red) 90's, Korean
Last edited by Eurozeppelin at Nov 2, 2009,
#2
Why buy another budget starter guitar? You already have two and the pacifica is pretty damn decent.

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#3
Not this Pacifica. It's an 012, so has an agathis body, and it's got slightly rusty parts, goes out of tune quickly, I don't like the colour, the humbucker sinks sideways, and I don't know exactly why, but I really do not like the sound, but that might be solely the amp's fault, (10 watt crappy practice amp that came witht he Encore) or mine as a guitarist. However, I did get the Pacifica 012 for free...

If you'd like to advise me on a different strat style guitar, please do, but seriously, I really do not like the Pacifica, I even prefer the Encore, but of course, that's SSS.

I'm even thinking of trying another 012, one that is better than this one.

I'm looking for a decent HSS strat, but it will have to be relatively cheap or second hand. Anyway, thanks for your ideas
Gear:

Vintage VS6 (Wine Red)

Marshall VS100 Valvestate head with 4x12 angled cab

Squier Strat (Fiesta Red) 90's, Korean
#4
How much does a second hand MIM fat strat tend to go for? Otherwise you could always pick up a squier classic vibe and mod it to be a fat strat.
#5
Ok, thanks guys:

Let me just put this question to you:

Will a Fender (or Squier) scratchplate (HSS) fit a Jim Deacon Strat?

Thanks,
Gear:

Vintage VS6 (Wine Red)

Marshall VS100 Valvestate head with 4x12 angled cab

Squier Strat (Fiesta Red) 90's, Korean
#6
I wouldn't see any major problems maybe the locations of the holes might be your problem but if you get the right numbered pickguard screws then you should be alright.