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MattE
post Jan 28 2008, 12:01 AM
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Hello GMCers!

Alright, I titled this topic "Customize My Strat" because, well, that's what I'm wanting to do smile.gif

But here's the catch, I'm looking for YOUR opinion as to what I should do to it

There is absolutely nothing custom on it right now, all factory stock parts (minus the stickers ^.^)

So go wild and tell me what you think would not only look good, but play great smile.gif

Edit: Here are a few pictures to show what I have (forgot to add them XD)








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post Jan 28 2008, 12:09 AM
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In a world of infinite possibility, I'd give it a paint job, add a floyd and a bridge humbucker biggrin.gif


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post Jan 28 2008, 12:14 AM
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nice what you did matte just one humpickup you need


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post Jan 28 2008, 12:18 AM
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you can add a floyd rose to a strat?

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post Jan 28 2008, 12:20 AM
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QUOTE (RandomVictim @ Jan 28 2008, 12:18 AM) *
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hahahahaha
That's a pretty sexy design there I must say smile.gif

Thanks for the quick feedback guys! I'm not sure about the SSH setup though, I do kind of like the traditional SSS setup. what style of music normally finds a SSH setup? I'm big on shred and neoclassical metal, especially Rhapsody of Fire (for the neoclassical ^.^)

I also did not know you could add a Floyd to a strat, but this greatly interests me O.O

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post Jan 28 2008, 12:23 AM
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Maybe scallop some of the higher frets? I think its a staple for a neoclassical player


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post Jan 28 2008, 12:30 AM
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QUOTE (MattE @ Jan 27 2008, 03:20 PM) *
hahahahaha
That's a pretty sexy design there I must say smile.gif

Thanks for the quick feedback guys! I'm not sure about the SSH setup though, I do kind of like the traditional SSS setup. what style of music normally finds a SSH setup? I'm big on shred and neoclassical metal, especially Rhapsody of Fire (for the neoclassical ^.^)

I also did not know you could add a Floyd to a strat, but this greatly interests me O.O


I did say in a world of infinite possibility - you'd have to modify the guitars neck nut area to install a floyd as well as possible routing on the body.

Maybe just better to buy some Schaller locking tuners if you want to divebomb the thing tongue.gif

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post Jan 28 2008, 01:40 AM
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Well it depends how much money you have for customization.... wink.gif

The downside is that this is Squier.... I don't think it is worth putting new pickups in it....maybe a cheap paintjob, straplocks and a good strap would be nice or something.... smile.gif


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5150 it, plenty of videos on youtube on how to do it...


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QUOTE (Owen @ Jan 27 2008, 11:09 PM) *
In a world of infinite possibility, I'd give it a paint job, add a floyd and a bridge humbucker biggrin.gif



http://www.chrisguitars.com/ -
Mexican Strat, SD Invader in the Bridge, Tex_mex in middle and Neck. $429

I don't have anything to do with the site or get anything for mentioning...I just browse and drool. This one popped up the other day.


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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Jan 28 2008, 12:40 AM) *
Well it depends how much money you have for customization.... wink.gif

The downside is that this is Squier.... I don't think it is worth putting new pickups in it....maybe a cheap paintjob, straplocks and a good strap would be nice or something.... smile.gif


I've been thinking on this the last couple of days. This post bugged me for some reason. Then I realized why...I'm doing something similar...

In Nov '07, I was looking for something inexpensive but still "good" to use and eventually customize. It's a lot less scary to tinker around with a $200 guitar than a $800 guitar...or a $500 guitar.

So I picked up this '84 Ibanez Roadstar. It's a bit banged up (mmm...character). It has one of those old Ibanez "Pro Rok'r" bridges that gets all wonky when I use it (somehow it goes sharp after a divebomb). It's a quality guitar that just has some issues and was cheap.

I always intended to get the bridge area re-cut to fit a Floyd Rose bridge at some point. In between the woodcutting and installing the bridge, I want to strip the body, fix the dings and refinish it as close to the original color as possible since the it matches the neck and headstock color.

I have to change the 5-way switch, and I was thinking of swapping out the original single coils with something more interesting.

It's going to cost a lot more than I paid for the guitar to do this, of course and it'll never be worth as much as I've spent on it. If I evern finish though, it'll be a solid guitar that has a comfortable neck, has a usable floating bridge and hopefully an interesting tone.

I don't really see anything wrong with getting something cheap and tinkering with it to make it your own. If you like how it feels and sounds, anyway. A Squier isn't really an ideal platform for this kind of thing, but it could be interesting.


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