New Strat with Modifications

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  1. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Recently acquired a new Strat to add some variety to the SG herd. I wanted a traditional SSS Strat without the hum as well as the volume pot moved out of the way from getting hit by my picking hand and replaced the stock loaded pickguard as follows...

    2018 Am Pro Series Strat

    Kinman Woodstock set (zero-hum)
    Warmoth pickguard
    1 250K volume pot
    1 250K tone pot set to 10
    (located underneath guard)
    0.022uF orange drop cap
    5-way switch

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  2. Six Stringed Demon

    Six Stringed Demon Active Member

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    Well well well!!!! As I am a fan of function over form, I really like the pickguard set up. I also usually run my Strats wide open on tone as well. I built one similar to this for a friend years ago. Moved the volume to the bottom tone set, shimmed the trem bridge to a hardtail and moved the tone pots to the backside recessed into the trem spring area and made a steel trem cover to make it all fit.

    This is a beautiful guitar man! Excellent!!
     
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  3. Worblehat

    Worblehat Active Member

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    That's one beautiful Strat! And you fixed the problem with almost all strats/strat-like guitars: annoying location of the volume knob!
    On my Yamaha I removed the tone pot and moved the volume pot down, too. Unfortunately I have an empty hole in my pickguard now. Can you order these one-knob pickguards from warmoth? I cannot find them...
     
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  4. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    Yes on one-knob pickguard.

    http://www.warmoth.com/Pickguard/StratPickguard.aspx

    Controls Section

    uncheck Volume
    check Tone
    uncheck Tone 2
    check 5 way Switch
    uncheck Delonge Vol Position
     
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  5. Worblehat

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    I see. Thanks for the tip!
     
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  6. SG standard

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    Interesting... But one of my favourite Strat sounds is the bridge & middle with most of the tone rolled off the middle. (One of the reasons I don't like the 'modern' arrangement of having the bridge wired into the second tone control).

    My first two Strats had just two controls; volume and tone, so there was a bit more room for the volume. The first 'normal' three control Strat I owned bugged me for a couple of days, but I soon got used to it. Still, I can see why some people don't like it so close... :)
     
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    I like having three controls on my Strat, but I wired mine to have a volume and tone for the bridge humbucker and another volume for the neck and middle. Being more of a "Gibson" guy I really like the flexibility that multiple volume controls allow.

    The position of the first control is bugging me though. Strumming is fine as I tend to use the space between the neck and middle pickup, but palm muting is difficult to do properly. I think on my next string change I'm going to shift it towards the "Delonge" position and then figure out how to plug the hole left in the pickguard.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I move the volume control away from the selector switch on Telecasters as well.

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  9. Worblehat

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    Yep, same here. Palm muted strumming is the main problem. I always have my fingers relaxed (not with clenched fist) so they collide with the volume knob.
    I am still looking for a good way to cover the hole...
     
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    deMelo Well-Known Member

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    Though I wouldn't change a thing about a strat, I must say you got yourself a GREAT guitar.
     
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  11. plankton

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    String change day finally came around so I took the opportunity to drill a new hole for the first volume knob. Much better playing wise for me now and actually easier to access the second volume quickly, plus it protects the switch from accidental knocking which sometimes occurs when strumming vigorously.

    I covered the hole from the inside with some copper shielding tape and then did the outside with black electrical tape. Someday I might make it look nicer, but in all honesty it will probably stay like that for the next decade.

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  12. Worblehat

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    Very nice mod. And looks good!
    Did this work out without any additional routing of the cavity? I think I omitted moving the knob because there was little space...
     
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    No routing necessary, I didn't even have to unsolder anything.
     
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