New Strat question...

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  1. rogue.guineapig

    rogue.guineapig Member

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    Hey yall,



    the other day I stopped by a local music shop to pick up my DD3
    and I saw a nice Mexi-Strat in a lovely blue color.
    Naturally, I needed to fondle it.
    It had noiseless pickups and a weird little push-button
    switch down by the tone controls.
    The button definitely changed the sound of the guitar, and when
    I asked what it was, I was told it gave the pickups some sort of "boost".
    They didn't know much more then that...they're kinda stupid in there.
    Does this have an active circuit?
    It strikes me as kinda gimmicky and ...well...dumb
    (because it's on a cheaper guitar, and not their top-of-the-line stuff that I have seen)
    ...but what's the general consensus on that?
    I've heard Clapton is using some sort of active system in his strat, is this a spin-off of that idea?
    What say you?


    R.GP
     
  2. John C

    John C Supporting Member

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    Sounds like a Deluxe Player's Strat; according to the Fender site the push button adds the bridge pickup to the "4" (neck/middle) and "5" (neck pickup) positions. Did it look like this:

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    Here is the product page: http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0133000327

    They do have one with a mid-boost similar to the Clapton called the Powerhouse Stratocaster, but they don't come with the Noiseless pickups:

    http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0139502355

    The Powerhouse mid-boost is 12db, compared to the Clapton's at 25db.
     
  3. rogue.guineapig

    rogue.guineapig Member

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    YES it was identical to that!

    He was selling it for a bit less then $600...
    nice playing unit.
    I don't like the rosewood fretboards on a Strat, but it was a nice playing one for sure.

    So in essence, the button just adds the bridge to your middle and neck pickup positions so you
    can run all 3 at once, and/or neck/bridge at the same time?

    hrm. interesting.

    thanks for the info John! I'll have to check that one with the boost out too.

    R.GP
     
  4. TattooedCarrot

    TattooedCarrot Supporting Member

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    Those are very nice guitars and considered to be a gem in the Mexican line.
     
  5. rogue.guineapig

    rogue.guineapig Member

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    From the Mexi-Strats I've played before, I'd have to agree with you...
    it had a VERY nice feel. I wouldn't mind one, I'd just have to take the
    neck off, eBay it, get a Maple Neck to replace it, and find a nice white
    pickguard to get rid of the Tort-Shell and call 'er good.
    That's my idea anyway. :D
    But I have this small problem of no amp...
    that problem has to get fixed before I get more GAS.
    R.GP
     

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