Please show pics of 2 knob Strats

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  1. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Member

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    Ok, here's the deal. I'm a Tele guy and I don't own a Strat. I've owned Strats before but disliked them because my strumming hand always hit the volume knob. I was thinking about having a Strat built for me with only 2 knobs, but I'm curious to see what it would look like.

    Anybody have any pics to show me? Please :)
     
  2. stormin1155

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    I just have 2 knobs on this one. The little switch is on-off for bridge so you can do neck/bridge or all three. The vol is still in the normal spot, so that wouldn't help you much.
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  3. jerseydrew

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    Yep, that doesn't help me, I need to have the volume knob moved. The volume knob is my problem.

    Also, I know they make some gadgets that "lock" the volume knob so you don't hit it by mistake. I'm not looking for that.
     
  4. eyeball987

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    Someone on here had a pic of a strat that they did this too. I have the same issue with the volume knob that you do so I would have to make the mod to any strat that I would pick up in the future.

    Basically he just moved the volume knob down one spot and wired the one tone control left globally.
     
  5. jerseydrew

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    This is exactly what I'm talking about. I'd like to see pics of how this looks.
     
  6. hyde

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    I haven't bothered replacing the pickguard but this should give you an idea. I consider this an essential strat mod.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks Hyde, that's what I'm talking about. Anybody else?
     
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    I don't have a pic handy, but a while back I did one where I drilled a hole midway between the normal volume and first tone for the master volume, then the last tone control was the master tone.

    I took an old tremolo cover and cut a triangular wedge of plastic. It was mounted between the bridge pickup and the last tone control, so the master volume and master tone went through BOTH pieces of plastic, holding the wedge in place on the back of the pickguard (along with the bridge pickup screw). it was black and the strat pickguard was white, so there were two black dots where the old volume and tone were, but it was better than just gaping holes.

    Later I replaced the pickguard altogether, but the new holes were drilled in the same spots.
     
  9. Guitartim

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    These are two Custom 'Strat' types made by Jim Surles.

    The white one is close to what you are asking about...I think.

    Masterful builder...incredible guitars.

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  10. phantasm

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    Why build a whole new strat when all you really need is a new guard?
    It'll look fine- losing a knob won't change things very much.
     
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    Here's a musing of mine, actually I'm getting ready to build it.

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  12. ugacrow

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    Jerry Garcia got some of the best tones I've ever heard out of this guy:

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    Listen to Europe '72 if you don't believe me.
     
  13. jerseydrew

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    THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS TALKIN ABOUT. I'm not looking to get different tonal possibilities, I just wanted to get the volume know out of the way!

     
  14. hyde

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    It is actually a very simple mod. From the SD site:

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    My moded '06 Suhr Pro1

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    I am just like you - can't stand the strat volume knob so close to the bridge. The factory 5 way is even worse - hit that all the time when strumming. This happens when you grow up on Gibsons - the strat couldn't be any more different control layout wise. I made this pickguard from scratch - if you have a router, its not tough to do.

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    Do you feel that this mod moved the volume knob enough out of the way? Have you ever had issues with the 5-way switch being in the way?

    I'm a Gibson player that struggles with the Strat control layout and thought about trying a Strat modded like yours, but I'm worried that the controls will still be in the way.
     
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    SRV's Charley, which Charley made a couple of replicas of later on.
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    Fender also made a Montreux Strat with pretty much the same specs, just without the sticker and of course not the Charley logo.

    I'll have one of each thank you.
     
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    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't know about other pickguard suppliers, but Chandler in San Francisco will supply pickguards with no knob holes...or if you like taking risks, you can tell them to delete the one near the bridge. They also have bright white P90 covers, fwiw.

    http://pickguards.us/pgordinst.htm
     

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