Who thought this was a good idea? (Strat content)

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Powderfinger, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. sjwieczorkow

    sjwieczorkow Supporting Member

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    It boggles my mind how you can have 10,200+ gearpage posts and not know this. I do not say this to be mean, I am genuinely bewildered!
     
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  2. Powderfinger

    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    Tone knob not working at all. Vol knob cutting out. I will try pulling the knobs off and using Deoxit but I wanted to look at the wiring.

    Fender Wildwood 10. OK it is 11.

    Angry? Upset? OK, it does have 11. What does post count have to do with it. I have strats but I've never changed pickups or messed with wiring on one. Done it countless times on Gibsons and other non-strat type guitars. Sorry I never counted the screws on a strat pickguard before and I didn't realize you didn't have to remove the pickup and selector switch screws..

    Angry? Upset? Not know what? The correct number of screws on a strat pickguard? LOL. I think you're overreacting a tad to this thread.
     
  3. Ps28

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    It's still not as bad as having to replace a pot on an es335.
     
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  4. jerrycampbell

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    Not angry or upset, just amused.
    You were told eleven screws more than once earlier in the thread, and you still came back with "twelve".
    In those 10000 posts you've never seen or heard of a complete pickguard assembly for a strat?
     
  5. PLAYLOUD

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    Don't forget to remove the 4 large screws on the back too. They are attached to a piece of square metal.
     
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  6. Powderfinger

    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I accidentally counted one of the pickup screws. I'm an idiot. It's a wonder I can put on my socks and go to work.

    Yup, I have. It's a wonder I can feed myself and clean up after myself.
     
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    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    Amazingly, this joke just gets funnier!
     
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  8. CanuckChris

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    To the original concern around the number of screws. That many were needed in order to keep the pickguard, especially single-ply ones, flat and prevent warping over time. It's an annoyance for sure if you're working on the electronics, but a minor one. Still much easier than working on a hollow body!
     
  9. jerrycampbell

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    Just poking a little fun your way, you are certainly not an idiot.
    Leo designed his guitars to be easy to assemble, repair and replace parts.
    I believe the pickguard assembly was part of that philosophy.
     
  10. RBH

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    The Strat was designed in the 50's..... it is still perfect 50's technology. Not quite space age - but close. You have get an early 60's strat to stumble into space age technology.
     
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  11. handyman

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    Strats are the easiest guitars ever for working on the electronics. Undo the pickguard screws and flip the entire guard upside down. Gets you unimpeded access to the pickups and pots, no fishing wires through itty bitty holes and no chunks of the body where you want to stick the soldering iron.

    I think it's a brilliant design, and I'm not even a Strat guy.
     
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  12. Jerrod

    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    It was pretty damn funny right from the drop.
     
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  13. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    Would this be a handy time to tell the OP he can delete this thread? :D
     
  14. cap10kirk

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    Is the tone pot not working in any switch position, or is it only not working on the bridge pickup? Just asking because traditionally Strats didn't have the bridge pickup connected to a tone pot. I'm not familiar with the Wildwood 10 models so I'm not sure how it's wired...but there may not actually be anything wrong with the tone pots.
    As for the volume pot, I've always had better luck spraying contact cleaner in from the back. So if it were me, I'd pull the pickguard off instead of pulling the knob off and trying to get the Deoxit down in the pot that way.
     
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  15. SouthpawGuy

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    The lefty version is even worse, they're all screwed in backasswards !

    [​IMG]

    :)
     
  16. cheapgtrs

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    OP has gotten enough s**t already so I'll save it. After you clean the pots with contact cleaner add a drop of fader lube if you can. It keeps them turning nice and smooth.
     
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  18. 2HBStrat

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    Cool!:aok

    Yes, except that the single-ply pickguards typically had 8 screws....
     
  19. Fu Schnickens

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    Well, OP...now you know. Screw correctly or get ripped by TGP.
     
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  20. stratotastic

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    Seriously, some of the questions people ask are a good sign of who should not work on their own gear. Hope the OP got the message.

    But either way, that's what power screwdrivers are for (or even better, a drill on high speed with a screw bit).
     
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