#1
Just curious to see what other mods people have done to their MIM strats. Here is what I've done so far:

Changed pickguard and volume knobs
Installed brass block in tremolo
Installed Seymour Duncan Hot Rails into bridge position

Results: Brass trem block added a fuller/slightly brighter sound with longer sustain. The Hot Rails bridge replacement is warm and dirty. Great for punk, rock, or 80's metal. Produces a very pretty clean sound when paired with the middle pickup in the #2 position. However, the pickup sounds to hot by itself with clean settings.

Future Mods: SD SSL-1 pups for neck and bridge, new saddles


Anyone have any good MIM strat mods or suggestions to share?
#2
if you put one more 4 wire pickup in it without going ultra technical you can do phase reversal. MIM strats are extremely common so there is a mile long of stuff you can do. I've got all sorts of diagrams on my photobucket I do when i'm bored.

the 7 way mod like david gilmour - you can use the outer two pickups or all 3
a fender TBX tone knob - cuts bass and treble.
the fender greasebucket mod - cuts bass - great for the hot rail
a torres mid scoop / boost to push the pickups harder
killswitches
a piezo acoustic pickup inside the guitar - look up a piezo transducer (ebay for under 1$)
coilsplitting the hot rail
a fender jazz mod - its like you instantly get a tone capacitor fully engaged
copper shielding the strat for more clarity
higher end tuners aren't a bad investment either. you don't need locking but i am a fan of high end tuners.

if you are interested in any of that let me know I've got diagrams on a lot of it, photobucket i post a lot of them too. this is my photobucket. My next strat i want to do a passive version of the DG20 pickguard. Pink floyd fan or not it's a cool concept with the 2 band EQ.
http://s214.photobucket.com/user/xa66/library/?sort=3&page=1
Last edited by Tallwood13 at Sep 22, 2015,
#3
Graphtech Nut and Saddles, CTS pots, locking tuners, Lil '59(n) Invader (b), strap locks, sanded the neck down.
#4
Quote by Tallwood13
if you put one more 4 wire pickup in it without going ultra technical you can do phase reversal. MIM strats are extremely common so there is a mile long of stuff you can do. I've got all sorts of diagrams on my photobucket I do when i'm bored.

the 7 way mod like david gilmour - you can use the outer two pickups or all 3


http://s214.photobucket.com/user/xa66/library/?sort=3&page=1


Do you have pics for the 7 way mod?
#5
ok so really simple I've attached it below as well as an every day application of it. It's an early diagram I need to update as it's a bit sloppy on the wire going to the selectors common but I've put this schematic into at least 5 guitars.

focus on the 2nd pot to see it being applied

Last edited by Tallwood13 at Sep 23, 2015,
#6
You can install a switch or push/pull pot to split the Hot Rails to make it cleaner and brighter sounding when you need it. The Duncan SSL-1s are great Strat pickups and radically different than the Hot Rails. They are clean, clear, lower output, with lots of highs. If you are used to using a Hot Rails, you might have to add more distortion if that is what you are going for.
Dave @ Seymour Duncan
#7
Not a pretty picture but...



Everything is shielded.
Also Fender Custom Shop Teas Specials, each hooked up to a ON-OFF-ON DPDT (or DP3T switch if you want to be anal about it) switch so I can have any pickup on or off in any configuration, in phase or out of phase.
Last edited by CodeMonk at Sep 25, 2015,