My "Perfect" Strat Search Is Over

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  1. scottrolf

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    I'll distill this years-long on-again-off-again search down to this:

    In 1973 I bought my first new decent guitar, a Stratocaster and even though I never really was able to bond with it, I kept it for nearly 40 years until I sold it a couple of years ago for a tidy profit. I really wanted the Les Paul back then but those were out of my price-range.

    As I got older and started acquiring more and more guitars I found myself having the urge to give them another try since Strats and Strat-type guitars have come a long way since then.

    I tried every variation of Fender's models plus a couple of Strat inspired brands. Bottom line is they all seemed to lack the resonance and overall tone I was looking for. I will stress that when I say "tone" I mean tone to my liking since this is a very subjective. I found that there were certain aspects with all the guitars I interviewed I liked but NONE that incorporated them all including color (I like Olympic White).

    So, here's what I ended up doing:
    Bought a 2014 Fender Am Std in Olympic White
    Swapped out the bridge pup for a Seymour Duncan Little '59
    Decked the Trem for dive-bombs only
    Swapped out the neck for a Warmoth Pro Strat which is fatter and wider

    I even called Warmoth and asked who they recommended in the LA area to do the mods.

    After receiving all the parts I took it to the shop and here's what I ended up with.
    I absolutely love it. It incorporates everything I had been looking for all these years. Necks make a HUGE difference on these guitars and this one resonates for days. It's also fat and wide which I love.

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  2. StratStringSlinger

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    Awesome story, congrats on finding a keeper! What's that screw on the side of the Warmoth neck near the heel do?
     
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    Ya,I was wondering that also..
     
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    Truss rod adjustment
     
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    The Allen screw at the side is a gotoh adjuster for the truss rod.
     
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    The truss rod in Warmoth necks have two adjustment points.
    You use the traditional one at the neck heel for the initial adjustment before attaching it to the body.
    Then you use the side adjustment for small fine tune adjustments as you would for changes in climate.
     
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    Looks great! Rock out!
     
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    Looks great. I've found the side adjustment wont always stay where you want it. Have to readjust now and then. So watch for that.
     
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    Oh, forgot to say......what a beautiful Strat.....enjoy!
     
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    Cool! Now you need to order a fun custom decal for the headstock, the poor guy looks so naked.
     
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    those modern truss rods warmoth does are rock solid.
     
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    the machine, of course...
    hellz yeahh. tha's the way you do it... that is a proper ride my man... bam...
     
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    Looks awesome and it takes a lot of guts to pull. I would have also installed locking tuners and instead of the lil 59 I think the JB it just works better for my taste....great job!
     
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    Funny you should mention that. I'm not exactly sure what to do at this point.
    Don't really know if it does need art. I think perhaps just the Warmoth Turtle logo decal on the back of the headstock at the top might do.
     
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    I'm kind of old school about things like tuners and such. It's got a graphite nut which seems to work very well.
    The JB is a good point. Never really thought about that since I always liked 59's in the bridge. Maybe later on down the road I'll experiment with that.
    This is my "test-bed" guitar. All the rest are bone stock and will stay that way.
     

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