FireStrat for da Bluez

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Rob DiStefano, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. jwp333

    jwp333 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Oh no, I got the previous Frerttech special offering in green from the classifieds here. Came loaded with the Tiger Strat pickups, 50's style except for the bridge which was the SRV, and a blender pot. Brilliant guitar. I've got expensive guitars too, but I forget about fancy wood and all that when playing this thing. Yeah, the neck could perhaps be a little beefier, but that's another thing I forget about once I play it.
     
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  2. Bristlehound

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    It's lovely. We can't get the green bullets over here otherwise I'd be sorely tempted. *sigh*
     
  3. Rob DiStefano

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    i'm not crazy about the color, but for 119 buck$ it didn't much matter. ;)

    i installed new cts "250k" pots. as most of you know, it's rare to find a pot's stamped value match its metered value. out of a bag of 50 audio taper "250k" pots, most measured around 225k, lowest was 209k and highest was 243k. very typical. i like to emulate what gibson did back in the early 50's and go with a bit higher pot value. easy to do. open the pot shell and pull out the carbon wiper strip. i clip on a VOM to the strips outer lugs and turn on the meter. then with a sharp xacto as a scraper, go around the outer edge of the carbon crescent and scrap off a minuscule amount carbon while watching the digital meter show the increasing resistance. at an arbitrary 295k i stopped, done. for the "250k" tone pot (metered @ 231k), i just pulled it apart and made it into a no-load. mounted and soldered all the electronics onto the wartmouth custom pickguard, using a .021uf (metered) radio shack "green weenie" polyester cap (50 cents).

    the 6.6k phoenix A5 firebird kicks a$$ for my kinda tone. solid fat in-yer-face treble going straight from the vol pot to the switchcraft jack and out to the li'l dawg prince amp and 12" weber alnico speaker. no modulation wanted or needed. at 7 on the tone dial, the tone smoooooths out and becomes "creamy", like a good PAF 'bucker. dialing down to 3, the cream just gets thicker but NOT at all muddy. dialed to 1, the tone is pure jazz, but still no mud.

    after i get the time to install the ox bone nut i'll do up some simple sound bytes and y'all can judge for yerselves what any vintage style firebird can do in the neck position of a strat or tele - or whatever. :)
     
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  4. Bristlehound

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    Thanks for the tip on tweaking the pot values. I'll try that... on a cheapie first!
     
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    Very cool! I like non-traditional strats. Ergonomically, strat bodies work well for me, but standard strat electronics kinda leave me cold.

    What's the neck profile like on those bullets?
     
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    I'm not usually attracted to green guitars, but that one changes my mind. Love the simplicity of it!
     
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    Nope. I checked. There isn't.
     
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    think I will join the party :)....love my Bullet.
     

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  9. Rob DiStefano

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    "medium C"
     
  10. jvin248

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    The Strat Bullets and Affinities are always too thin for me. I'll pick up off-brand Strat-like-objects when I need something inexpensive (used) for a project as they more often match MIM/MIA neck specs. (Latest mess around I did was on my $15 'Spectrum' with a Jazzmaster neck and a P-bass bridge pickup).

    That is always very typical, isn't it? And the rest of the guitar gets the blame for the variation in those pots ;)

    Cool technique at shaving the pot trace, I'll have to disassemble one and test that out.

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  11. esetter

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    Stupid question, is that a full size body?
     
  12. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    not at all a stupid question, but it's a "full size" body.
     
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    Rob DiStefano Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    now up on the classifieds whilst i work on another bullet strat .... the fun never ends ... !? :)
     
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  14. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    oops, sold. ;)
     
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    strat looks pretty dstratty to me
    because cooler
     
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    That was quick.
     
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