Leo designed these guitars to be flexable from many aspects they are relitively easy to work on and with some of the choices available today allow you to experiment remember , your ears are your final test , not public opinion , have fun with it!First of all, I'd like to thank each and everyone of you guys to take the time to share ideas, some good advice, and even interesting wiring diagrams here. I felt a bit overwhelmed about the Strat guitar being so different than the other guitars I had experience with.
I suppose the reason for having never been that excited about Strat guitars must be the fact that I rarely seen Strat players to capture my attention. Yesterday a friend here asked me what Strat players were the best ones to my taste and with lots of thinking I could only point out three, the obvious David Gilmour, and then Randy Bachman and Robin Trower (I also remember many years ago I was very surprised to notice Tito Jackson appearing with a Fender Strat in some late 70's videos, but I recently found a clear picture of that Fender and could not help to notice it was actually a hardtail Strat ). By saying this I hope I am not offending anyone in here, this is just my opinion and it doesn't really matter much.
Back to the guitar itself. I decided to leave it in the case for a couple of weeks until the new pickguard arrives. I plan to remove the wooden block, and install all five springs in it, and from then on start experimenting as some of you have said I should. I'm getting the original bridge pickup back in place, and will think things through about changing pickups after I get the bridge properly setup to try to recover that tone I fell in love with back when I got the guitar.
I am very curious about some of the wiring directions some of you mention here. I might try something else, but first things first. I'll go step by step getting used to this guitar. And who knows, perhaps I'll develop a lil more love for Stratocasters I think I have to find out myself why these guitars are the most loved ones by musicians worldwide.
Thanks everyone!! I hope to return with some pictures of the guitar once I take it off of that old tweed case it is resting in as I write this.
I hope you all will have a fantastic week!!
Ask Eric Clapton and countless other Strat players over the years who have tossed the bar and/or blocked the trem. The LEAST desirable Strat feature, especially if you have a guitar with a real trem like a Jag, Jazzmaster or something with a Bigsby, is the tuning-stability-ruining tremolo.Got to float the bridge for sure, what good is a Strat without a whammy bar.
there is a device called a "HIPSHOT, Tremsetter " that returns your trem bar back to tune once you use it
I used to tighten up the claw thinking it would stay in tune better but it made tuning worse.
if u like the sound, i wouldnt even rewire it. small changes can sometimes steal mojo. just my 2 cents. i love how yours looks.
I set my strat up to float because the body just resonates more that way. It also allows the strings to return to pitch properly when it's set up to do so.
I never understood why the bridge pickup was never wired to a tone knob though.
One learns that if you find a guitar that sounds great don't start changing things, especially a lot of things at the same time. Everything you change will affect the sound....lots of questions about its functions and characteristics.
I never liked Strat guitars, but somehow I come across this one about a month ago. I could tell you the story but trying to make a long story short I plugged the thing to my Dean Markley amp and I just loved how clear and simple it sounds. Actually I liked it so much that I decided to keep it. I got a new pickguard for it, and I am debating about getting fresh pickups or just buying covers for the ones the guitar already have.
Anyway, the thing is I am a SG/Tele player, and never cared about Stratocasters until now.
After doing the cleaning I reinstalled the old strings, and adjusted the bridge. I don't care about the Tremolo, I am not going to use it. So at first I screwed a bit more the claw to try and keep the bridge more stable. Oh, I loved the tone and become excited. But then I read somewhere about installing some 20mm wooden block to keep the bridge from moving. The guitar tone was seriously affected. The resonance was noticeable bigger, but the overall "feel" was totally off. I must confess I was a bit in shock as I expected the block would only benefit the tone and playability of the instrument. I was wrong. So I plan to remove the block. I am now wondering... should I install all five springs to keep the bridge "fixed"? And actually can all five springs in place keep the bridge from lifting?
Other thing I noticed that might be related to a problem in the wiring diagram is the fact that the tone control that goes right after the volume knob control the sound of the bridge pickup. That doesn't seem to be correct, or is it? Once I get the new pickguard I plan to rewire the whole thing the traditional way. In the meantime I can be confused, as the Strat is completely different from the guitars I have or played in the past.
If anybody can share some ideas, or maybe some link to help me understand better the characteristics of this guitar I know I'd appreciate that a lot.
Thanks in advance and y'all have a fantastic Sunday!
Here's a picture of the guitar, before I cleaned it all up.
Most will think I'm silly but I can hear a difference in different pickguards on mine..... It might not equate to much but sometimes when you're sitting in a room, a change feels like a lot. Could just be the humidity changes.
A neck pup without any tone knob on it is probably a good thing. Likely it will have more high and then lows from the position it's in. Right now as mine sits I only have 1 pup in the guitar, in the neck, and no tone knob. It's got a very full spectrum sound. It's a mexican split bar ceramic pup.
Five springs work like a charm.
3 way switching tooA lot of players like having a tone knob for the bridge pickup. Vintage Strats traditionally had no tone control at all for their bridge pickups, which were super bright.
There is. I put a second aluminum guard under my plastic guard with some pups that were emf sensitive (microphonic) hum-dingers and it makes a huge difference.Ummmm, if wood truly has effect on the tone of the guitar -as I believe it does- then a difference in the pickguard's thickness or rigidness might eventually have some effect on it too. I wasn't going to pay attention to that, but now I think I am going to listen closely if there really is something to that when I get to change it.
You can get them to stay in between. It takes a little doing to get the right position, but once you find it, it'll usually stay unless you're really shaking the guitar around.3 way switching too
Heard a wives tale that players would use toothpicks to hold switch to get positions 2 & 4, must have had larger contact on the switch then. I dunno?