So work on the red strat has commenced. There’s really nothing much different to the black strat build, after all, both guitars are stratocasters with aftermarket components, and they have much similarities in terms of components, in fact, aside from the pickups and the circuit, they are exacly the same guitar.
Today I commenced the prep work
- Stripped all electronics
- Deep clean body and neck
- Fingerboard cleanup
- Shielded main cavity
- Added quick connect/disconnect connectors, including ground connections
Something I noticed while polishing the fingerboard, is that the frets are not in as good condition as the black strat, and might be time of doing a fret redress. I’ll finish this project and then I’ll send the guitar to have the frets done. If the work is good I’ll then send my MIA Stratocaster plus, as that certainly is in need of some fret love.
The next step would be to do the wiring, but I’m still waiting on the potentiometers, the capacitor and of course the pickups. Again there are no plans of adding a treble bleed, and whether to add a blower switch.
So, I have made up my mind, and here are the specs for the guitar
- Seymour Duncan Antiquity Texas Hot Vintage Set
- Fender Stratocaster White SSS pickguard and knobs
- Fender 5 Way pickup selector
- CTS 250K linear potentiometers
- Sprague Orange Drop 0.022uf capacitor
- 2 DPDT on-on mini-toggle
- Fender Staggered Locking tuners
- Graph Tech Black Tusq XL
- Gotoh NS510TS Bridge
All components are already on the guitar or have been ordered.
Oh, I have also ordered a cheap chinese 1Ply pickguard. The idea is to use it as a testing for ageing. I’ll be using shoe shine to do this. if it works and looks good then I’ll apply the same method on the pickguard. It is funny though, I have a 30 year old guitar, and the pickguard still looks white…. has lots of scratches, but still white.
Aside from the black partscaster, I also have another MIM blacktop stratocaster. This is a Candy apple red.
I’ve already did some work on it when I got it in March this year (2017). I replaced the nut (Graph Tech Black Tusq XL), bridge saddles (Gotho Stainles Steel) and Fender Locking Tuners. So it Sounds good, and plays amazing. But pickups are too hot for my (current taste) and now I find them rather muddy.
I thougth on installing an EMG DG20 Loaded Pickguard, but although I love David Gilmour playing and sound, I don’t play like him, nor do want to sound like him, so I changed my mind about it. Besides, what’s the poing on buying the whole thing already made… where’s the fun in that?
So the plan now is to make it a killer “vintage” strat…. for a reasonable price. After doing some research I arrived to the Seymour Duncan Antiquity Texas Hot Strat set. I really like the sound of these. They are available as a set or a preloaded pickguard (but we have already established that there’s no fun in that), so the set it is. I have already ordered it and should be here within the next two weeks.
I already have a some of the required hardware (Fender SSS pickguard, actual vintage knobs)… and I’m yet to decide whether I’ll go for the classic strat setup, or go bit more custom and do away with the tone pots (either one or both), and (again) put a blower switch… as this really suits my playing. I will copper foil the guitar cavity and of course… quick disconnect features.
So I would still need the following hardware:
- Potentiometers: Need to find out what would be ideal on a vintage strat, but more likely CTS 250K Linear will do the job for me
- Cap: modern strats use .047pf, but apparently 0.022pf would suit this better. or I could do something like this and have the possiblity to have both.
- Maybe another pickguard, but might need to go down the custom route as I can not fing a SSS, volume no tone pickguard
To be continued