#1
I'm posting this thread at the request of a few others on here who saw this guitar in my build thread.

Here it is as I got it:



I bought it on Ebay for super cheap. It's a MIM and came with a hard case. I think it still had the original strings on it and never got played.

First thing I did was swap out the pickguard for black and put Gibson speed knobs on it.



I eventually opened it up again and shielded it in an attempt to make the single coils shut up... man that thing hummed a lot



I never use the trem, so I was trying to lock it down tight. Eventually I went with 5 springs and the claw is cranked in there pretty tight




After growing weary of the crappy sounding pickups and all the hum, I decided to put some Seymour Duncan Lil' Humbuckers in it.



Thats a Little 59'er in the bridge, Duckbucker in the middle, and JB Junior in the neck.

I put 500k pots in it, with a coil split on the volume push-pull.

It sounds best in the bridge/middle position whether split or full humbucking. The bridge is wide open with no tone control, so it makes for some blistering lead tones.

Nothing special on the neck... the original nut and tuners are pretty good, so I've left them alone. The guitar doesn't break strings, and it holds a tune for weeks.




Here's an overall shot of it in the case:



And then here it is layed next to my project guitar body with the Graphtech saddles installed. I had a set laying around, decided to try them out. I'm mixed on my opinion about them... sorta like some aspects, sorta don't like others. If anything, it got brighter... which goes against what most people think about the graphtech stuff.



I used the saddles from Fender on another guitar build, though... been meaning to switch them between the two guitars.
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Last edited by zeroyon at Aug 12, 2008,
#2
nice, that thing is sexy
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#3
Looks great! I love the black on the sunburst, I might bite your style and do this to my MiM sunburst strat, looks fantastic
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#5
Ahh thats brilliant!
Can you make me one? lol

And whats the MZ serial mean?
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#6
Made in Mexico. 2004 if I'm not mistaken.

Thanks guys, glad you like it.
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#7
would you recomend those pickups for a encore strat replacement, or would you say to get new fender or different pickups altogether. If so, what one and how much do you think it would cost?? thanks mate
#8
Well... sometimes I miss the single coil sound. I'm pretty sold on the Dimarzio noiseless single coils now. I put two Area 58's and an Area 61' in a customer's 62 Strat reissue recently, and man it sounded great.

It depends on what you want to play. This guitar, while being pretty versatile as far as tone goes, is more attuned to hard rock or punk music. These pickups have a lot of output, and its great for distortion tones (while still cleaning up nicely) However, something is lost in the vintage Strat feel... it's not so great for playing the blues, for example.

If you want a Strat that seriously rocks, though, get these pickups.

I think they were about $220 for the three of them.
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#9
guitar porn at its best

that strat is beautiful.
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#10
Man, I usually hate Starts, because they either look tasteless, have bad trems, or seem tonally-limited, but that's one that I'd definitely play!

Classy black pickguard against the burst, three 'buckers AND coil splitting, a fixed bridge, and none of those rubbish Fender knobs - AWESOME!

Also, what's the deal with the three circular cavities below the pickup routes? Are they for weight management, or something?
#11
Nah, I asked a guy at Fender and he told me that the three circular holes are used to line up the routing template when they route some of the cavities. There's a lot of theories out there, and he put them to rest for me.
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#12
its all lies! the three holes are there so fender can use the millions of strats out there to communicate with aliens!!!!

actually, that seems like a smart move. the machine lines up probably by locking into the holes, also preventing the body from moving around...

and finally, love what u did to that thing. amazing.
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#13
I love the guitar, nice job. I saw it your other build thread

Also, we have the same couch, or you broke into my house to take those photos. Do the 2 sides recline?
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#14
Thanks for the comments guys.

No, the couch doesn't recline. I got tired of moving those recliners and fold out beds when I was younger... first time I bought couches brand new, I went for the lightest I could find. Haha

The three holes are actually used by a person, not a machine. They have a template they throw down on it and cut it out. I want to say its the bridge template... but can't remember which.

I should get a photo of it in action, that would rock.
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#15
ahhh..
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#16
Can you go over how to shield? I'm thinking of doing it for my strat (also a 2004 MIM)
#17
Quote by zeroyon
Thanks for the comments guys.

No, the couch doesn't recline. I got tired of moving those recliners and fold out beds when I was younger... first time I bought couches brand new, I went for the lightest I could find. Haha

The three holes are actually used by a person, not a machine. They have a template they throw down on it and cut it out. I want to say its the bridge template... but can't remember which.

I should get a photo of it in action, that would rock.


Damn, that's pretty clever actually, and extremely logical.

Mystery solved!
#18
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Can you go over how to shield? I'm thinking of doing it for my strat (also a 2004 MIM)


I followed this tutorial back when I did it. I bought the copper sheet probably from Ebay for like $8 or so. (I think)

I just did a guitar with copper tape and found that to be easier. It has a conductive backing on it so you don't need to solder it together.

http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/shielding/shield3.php
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