#1
Okeydokey guys.

Heres a thread documenting the modding of my Stratocaster with a Neck-On switch.

Heres me playing the guitar pre-mod with my band last year:



Heres the switch:



Heres the schematic:



Heres me soldering the switch:



Fag break:


Heres the drilled hole on the Pickguard:



Soldering the Switch to the guitar:


Finished Pics:





DEBRIEF:
Damn glad I found that switch lying around my house. I now have a 7-Sound strat...8 if you count the coil-tapped humbucker. Its a simple mod, really easy. I recommend anyone to do this. The sound from the Bridge and Neck pickups combined is a really smooth, contoured tone. Awesome sound. The only niggle I have, is that my neck pickup is a singlecoil, and my Bridge is a Humbucker. So, the volume from the Humbucker is a lot higher than the Neck pickup. I'm considering replacing the neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan Humbucker, to even out the volume sounds.

Cheers for reading, comment if you want.
-Mick.
DARK_MATTER, Instrumental Post-Metal from Ireland


Bass:
Ibanez BTB 405QM
Ashdown PM600 - Peavey TVX 4x10
Russian Big Muff

Guitar:
Fender Jim Root sig
'99 Stagemaster 7-string
Yamaha F310
Hughes & Kettner Warp 7 w/4x12
#3
could this be done with just a spst mini toggle?
Gear:
too much to list

Soldering iron:15 dollars
Amp kit: 500 dollars
solder: 5 dollars
Burning the crap outta your fingers: priceless
#5
mercinariesgtr, yes it could. In the Schematic above, just use those two pins.
XibanezedgeX, too true. Far more useful than some other Strat mods out there.
Vandals572, cheers very much.

I'll be putting a few more mods into this guitar soon. I'm a total tone phreek, I want every possible tone I can get from my guitar.
Im planning on doing Phase switching mods, as well as the ubiquitous Killswitch mod, and once I get a nice Neck humbucker, I'll be modding that to Split-coil.

-Mick.
DARK_MATTER, Instrumental Post-Metal from Ireland


Bass:
Ibanez BTB 405QM
Ashdown PM600 - Peavey TVX 4x10
Russian Big Muff

Guitar:
Fender Jim Root sig
'99 Stagemaster 7-string
Yamaha F310
Hughes & Kettner Warp 7 w/4x12
#7
Lol, half yes, half no. Long story. Its actually an MIA StratocasterI bought the guitar from my mates dad. It was left in his damp, cold house while he was workin in Germany. The neck was warped horribly, but I couldnt let the old bird die, so took the neck off my old cheap-ass SX strat knock-off. Had to re-align the neck a little, but it was worth it. Cant afford to buy another new neck, spent somewhere in the region of 125 for a Mighty Mite neck for a Strat I built last summer, dont wanna do that again. I'd take pics of the old neck, but its still in the other dudes house, and he's back in Germany.

Nice story...something to tell my kids. :P
-Mick.
DARK_MATTER, Instrumental Post-Metal from Ireland


Bass:
Ibanez BTB 405QM
Ashdown PM600 - Peavey TVX 4x10
Russian Big Muff

Guitar:
Fender Jim Root sig
'99 Stagemaster 7-string
Yamaha F310
Hughes & Kettner Warp 7 w/4x12
#8
nicely done sir. I plan to add an "anytime" neck=on function to my strat next week when my new pots arrive... got a 500k push/pull DiMarzio vol. pot that should do the trick.
What I play:
CustomShop '51 Nocaster Relic
'88 "C" neck Clapton Strat
'08 Strat HSH
Fender Princeton Recording Amp
Boss Micro-BR
#9
Cheers very much.

Good luck with your own mod. Let us know how it turns out.

-Mick.
DARK_MATTER, Instrumental Post-Metal from Ireland


Bass:
Ibanez BTB 405QM
Ashdown PM600 - Peavey TVX 4x10
Russian Big Muff

Guitar:
Fender Jim Root sig
'99 Stagemaster 7-string
Yamaha F310
Hughes & Kettner Warp 7 w/4x12
#10
doesn't a switch there make it harder to turn ur marshall knob?
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#11
Surprisingly, no. I can still turn the knob quickly with my little finger while playing, no interruptions from the Switch, so to speak.
It took me a while to decide where to place the switch. My playing style restricts me from putting it anywhere near the Volume pot and the 5-way switch, as I often switch between pickups quickly while playing, and I use the volume pot to sparkle up my clean sounds and so on. Beside the Tone knob seemed to be the best place to put it.

Ah, random knobs...those two black knobs are the only Ibanez items I will ever own....thank god. :P

-Mick.
DARK_MATTER, Instrumental Post-Metal from Ireland


Bass:
Ibanez BTB 405QM
Ashdown PM600 - Peavey TVX 4x10
Russian Big Muff

Guitar:
Fender Jim Root sig
'99 Stagemaster 7-string
Yamaha F310
Hughes & Kettner Warp 7 w/4x12
#14
Quote by roast
... Its actually an MIA Stratocaster ... neck was warped horribly, but I couldnt let the old bird die, so took the neck off my old cheap-ass SX strat knock-off. ...

Nice story...something to tell my kids. :P
-Mick.

Awesome! And good job!

#15
Cheers very much!



-Mick.
DARK_MATTER, Instrumental Post-Metal from Ireland


Bass:
Ibanez BTB 405QM
Ashdown PM600 - Peavey TVX 4x10
Russian Big Muff

Guitar:
Fender Jim Root sig
'99 Stagemaster 7-string
Yamaha F310
Hughes & Kettner Warp 7 w/4x12