Help me pimp my strat

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  1. MichaelX

    MichaelX Member

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    I recently bought the new 2008 American fender HSS in Blizzard Pearl.

    I love the guitar but it doesn't quite cut it for me for playability and tone as I usually play Ibanez J-Customs with dimarzios. I pretty much expected that when I bought it. I just thought it was a cool color for a strat.

    I'll change the pick ups for sure. Maybe Suhr or Dimarzios. No idea yet. I just started looking.

    Locking tuners?

    New nut maybe?
    LSR, bone, brass?

    Looking for suggestions to help get me started.

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  2. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    The biggest change folks usually talk about is investing in a Callaham Tremolo made of stainless steel. Google it and check it out!
     
  3. MichaelX

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    Will do thanks!
     
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    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 for the Callaham trem block & saddles: a noticeable, positive improvement. Pickups are a highly subjective matter, but I recommend that whatever pickups you choose, wire them so that the humbucker sees 500k from the volume & tone pots and the single coils see 250k. This is the kind of thing that sets Suhr and Anderson apart. The diagrams have been posted on TGP several times, but if you need them, pm me.
     
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    +2 for the Callaham.The website has a lot of great info RE hardware and tone.Works as advertised:noticeable improvement in sustain,tone & stability.I also like the S1 HSS setup,nice invisible upgrade
     
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    You didn't like the tone or playability and you bought the guitar anyway???????????????
     
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    That's what i was thinking, may as well get a $600 warmoth neck while your at it.
     
  8. MichaelX

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    Relax man. I live over seas and bought it off of ebay. It is the only strat model right now that they make in blizzard pearl and I liked the finish.

    I didn't say I didn't like it. I said it doesn't "quite cut it for me".

    Like its a surprise that the stock fender pups didn't cut it for me or the set up was sub par out of the gate.

    I bought it with the idea that I would upgrade to my liking. Thats what upgrades are for.

    American standard with a few simple upgrades makes a good gigging axe.
     
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  9. MichaelX

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    This makes no sense at all.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions on the trem. I'll check it out.

    Big question is on the pups. I like modern sound and I usually use dimarzio in all my guitars except I recently bought a Suhr Pro S1 so I'm looking forward to hearing those when it arrives.
     
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    Callaham steel trem block for sure and a good set up. I'd go for noiseless pups, but that's just me.
     
  12. MichaelX

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys.

    So far....

    Callaham steel trem block for sure and wire the pups so the bridge pup sees 500k and the single coils 250k.

    Any specific suggestions for pups?

    Also, I'm interested in replacing the nut with bone, brass, or LSR. Any thoughts?
     
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    I kept the SCN in my deluxe on the bridge and middle and put a blue lace on the neck position. I love it.
     
  14. 3 Mile Stone

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    I'm guessing you've always wanted to use that smilee? :)

    Well, its just a strat but here you go.

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    I just made almost the same thread. Mine is perfect for setup and playability, although I am looking to get the Callaham trem block and maybe a nice set of pickups.
     
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    Yea, you caught me.

    I see why you wanted that color. Beautiful!

    I don't really know if the Callaham bridge would be all that much better. Your guitar has one of the new two point trems with the vintage saddle peices. That was supposed to be a big improvement. Suhr makes great pickups, can't go wrong there. I actually tend to like stock Strat pickups. Just my opinion. Suhr 53mm spacing, chrome cover in the lead, leave the other two there. Locking or staggered tuners would be very cool. Klusons if you are going for a vintage vibe.
     
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    The default tuners are staggered :D
     
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    Nice. Great bang for the buck imo. I bought my used for $700. Only thing wrong with it was a defect in the paint.

    The stock pups are not bad but I'm used to higher output pups. The more I play it though I'm liking the neck and middle. The bridge humbucker seems, I don't know how to describe it, kind of harsh... brittle maybe?
     
  20. MichaelX

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    :)

    I've always wanted to use that smilee too.

    Chrome cover? Thats a good idea!

    I was thinking locking tuners and maybe LSR roller nut? I use the wang bar quite a bit.
     

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