Hardtail Strat

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Thanks. Alder body, allparts rosewood neck 7.25 radius. Hip shot locking tuners, Tex Mex pickups on faded mop pick guard.

I'm a huge believer in those Tex Mex pickups. They're so similar (to me) to the American Standard pickups that preceded the Fat 50s. They handle cleans well and take overdrive and distortion like a champ.
 

IowaTeleGuy

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Picked up a Squier Bullet Strat HT during the end of the year sale

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Sax-son

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To me, hardtail Strats are like a Tele with a different tonal flavor. Since I like to keep my Telecaster pretty much traditional, a hardtail Strat kind of gives me the best of both worlds.
 

brookdalebill

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I don’t often play a Strat, but when I do, it’s a hardtail.
Sounds like a beer commercial.;)
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My MJT/Fender/Kinman partscaster.
It has a light one piece swamp ash body, Fender 1962 Hot Rod Strat neck (9.5 radius, bigger frets, bigger profile), Kinman noiseless pickups, master volume/switch.
The switch allows neck + bridge pickups when engaged in position 1 or 5.
It’s original owner put a regular Strat bridge plate on it.
I’ve left it, so far.
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Great, lightweight guitar!
 
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Censport

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Another advantage for hardtail Strats over decked tremelo Strats is no noise from the tremelo springs. Some of mine I can hear acoustically, and one through the amp. I've even stuck thin foam pads between the springs and the cover plate.

Not a problem for my hardtails.
 

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My MJT/Fender/Kinman partscaster.
It has a light one piece swamp ash body, Fender 1962 Hot Rod Strat neck (9.5 radius, bigger frets, bigger profile), Kinman noiseless pickups, master volume/switch.
The switch allows neck + bridge pickups when engaged in position 1 or 5.
It’s original owner put a regular Strat bridge plate on it.
I’ve left it, so far. View attachment 1072968
Great, lightweight guitar!

Stealth hardtail!
 

Bruxist

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Another advantage for hardtail Strats over decked tremelo Strats is no noise from the tremelo springs. Some of mine I can hear acoustically, and one through the amp. I've even stuck thin foam pads between the springs and the cover plate.

Not a problem for my hardtails.

Another advantage for hardtail Strats over decked tremelo Strats is no noise from the tremelo springs. Some of mine I can hear acoustically, and one through the amp. I've even stuck thin foam pads between the springs and the cover plate.

Not a problem for my hardtails.

Have heard of people putting strips of foam inside each spring!
 

DHart

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Decades before the Tele even registered on my guitar playing radar I bought this 1976 blonde hard tail Strat. The year was 1976.
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Still have it today.
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None of the Strats I've bought in recent years are hard tails, but they are all decked. Thinking I might "un-deck" one of them, just to try out some Beck-ish trem work.
 
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Sax-son

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View attachment 1072967

My MJT/Fender/Kinman partscaster.
It has a light one piece swamp ash body, Fender 1962 Hot Rod Strat neck (9.5 radius, bigger frets, bigger profile), Kinman noiseless pickups, master volume/switch.
The switch allows neck + bridge pickups when engaged in position 1 or 5.
It’s original owner put a regular Strat bridge plate on it.
I’ve left it, so far. View attachment 1072968
Great, lightweight guitar!
That is my kind of a Stratocaster. No experience with Kinmans, but everything else looks awesome.
 

That Cal Webway

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My plans are to get a Warmoth hardtail body, but with the bridge drilled out for the narrower spaced nos Fender Am Standard bridge.

Those bridges can be easily found.
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