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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by John C, Aug 9, 2012.
All of the wiring diagrams in this book are very accurate.
Scotty -that's so cool of you to find that!
Here's my Lead II. I bought it in 1990 from a friend who'd bought it new in Hong Kong in 1979 for 1600 Hong Kong dollars. I also have a deluxe Strat, but I still like to play the Lead....
My first serious guitar was a Lead II. I mail ordered an all black, maple fretboard guitar (U2 was all the rage; couldn't afford a Strat) & received a black, white pickguard, rosewood fretboard... Very disappointed but it was a Friday & I kept it. This was in 1983. Sold it a few years later... It just wasn't a Strat....
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Maybe, just maybe the most under-rated Fender ever...
Those Seth Lover's with the coli tap. The holy grail of splitting Humbuckers.
I love mine -- best sounding guitar I ever owned or played.
The pickups in the Lead II are amazing strat pickups. Very hot with a great "honk"...
I've got a "Smith" strat with those X1 pick-ups. I'm a big fan.
Just posting some diagrams for those in need of them.
My friend had a "The Strat" model in Candy Apple Red when I was a kid (early 80's) and I had the Lead III - "The Strat" was the heaviest guitar I ever held - it had 3x X1's -- When I got my Lead II in around 2013 I was so happy to finally have those! I'd love to see a photo of your Dan Smith -- 2 knobs yes ? Sound any different?
Here's my 1982 Smith Strat. Everything Stock. The bridge PU has the yellow X1 wire. Neck dated '82. Neck is a vintage "V" and one of the best shapes in my collection. These are the "real" Smith Strats. The three knob version, Envisaged as a return to form for Fender. The two knob - no separate input jack - came after as a budget version. Note the saddles, straight from the Lead series. I've not seen this anywhere else on a Smith. Gotta love the lam rosewood board. Gilmour tone for the ages.
And just because I'm a completest, here's my LPB "Strat" with walnut body. This thing is a beast. Heavier than my LP or even my Yamaha SG3000. It does have sustain for days though. Seriously. Play an open string, go and make a sandwich, come back and the thing's still singing. Gold plated Brass hardware. LPB going green where heat has affected it. Third knob switches everything up, but I still live on the bridge.
"The Strat" ---- I will get one one day -- is your neck headstock also finished in the colour? Some were and some were not. I love you have a Dan Smith era strat that's not a Dan Smith strat (2 knobs etc...) That coffee cream colour is nice. Cool patina on the LPB as well.
Ever play an 83/84 elite?
The restoration is complete. It was well worth the effort. The vintage Fender frets worked out great! My Lacquer mixture is black with a few drops of white, wet sanded and buffed by hand.
What were the vintage fender frets you used @Scotty D What are the distinguishing characteristics of those?
Vintage Fender pack of 24 for $9.99. They are pre-radiused to 7-1/4" and the tangs are the exact size for the original factory fretboard slots. I didn't have to widen or deepen the slots, these hammered right in!
Wow -- where did you source those? Fender?
A local music shop in Nashville had them in stock. I researched the specs on the web. Musicians Friend, Fender, Sam Ash, Guitar Center, Reverb & eBay sell them online!
Here's an article that talks about both my Lead II and my Lead III - I used them both on The Stairway Prioject. http://www.thestairwayproject.com/original-project-guitars-fender-lead-ii-lead-iii/
I always wondered why they didn’t issue a Squier version of the Lead series. I owned two years ago and traded them for an SG which was promptly stolen. Grrrrr