My new (ish) ST-54 DMC stratocaster

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by collinsml, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. collinsml

    collinsml NEW MEMBER!

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    Hi all,

    I am a long time reader, first time poster though. I have three Teles, BTW: a Baja, '69 and a '72.

    I wanted to share a recent acquisition. Here are pics of my new guitar, which I picked up at a Guitar Center in Seattle recently.

    Based on information from the internet, and email dialogue with Ishibashi, it's a 2006 to 2008 ST-54 DMC strat.

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    The neck is stamped ST-54 DMC, which seems to indicate it is part of the DiMarzio Collection, but there are no names on pickup covers. I do not think the pickups are original, unless the previous owner changed the covers. Middle pickup seems to be reverse wound, as there isn't any hum in positions 2 & 4.

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    Whatever the pickups are, they sound pretty good. They have cloth-covered wires, etc. I wrote DiMarzio and they couldn't confirm they were theirs either.

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    Also of note is a stamp of the number '10' in the neck pickup route. Other DMC guitars I have been able to find online have "DMC" stamped in the same place, so I don't know what this means...

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    It has a great playing, hard v-neck; I like it a lot.

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    If you have any info to contribute, I welcome it! Especially anything about the number stamped in the body...

    Thx!

    Mike
     
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  2. Platefire

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    Mike

    Reminds me of my 1997 CIJ 54 RI. I don't think the 2006 to 2008 is correct. I see your neck has the "CIJ". According to my research on my own ax, the CIJ was between the years 1997-2004. The pickups were vintage fender type with low Ohm resistance: neck=5.88K, Mid=5.80K & bridge 6.12K. Usually on the 54 RI the pickup covers and knobs were aged yellow. What is your serial number---I can't make it out? If the sn starts with A=1997-1998, B=1998-1999, O+6 digits=1997-2000, P=1999-2002 & Q=2002-2004. Anyway---nice looking strat!

    I never liked the aged pickup covers or knobs. Also wasn't crazy about the vintage wound PU's either. I ended up purchasing the Pickguard/electronics complete of a American Special strat (Texas Specials) to install in mine. The American Special pickguard wouldn't work so I installed the electronics in my 54 RI pickguard and it worked fine. I also set up the tremolo to be floating. The thing plays like a dream. Platefire
     

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  3. collinsml

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    Hi Platefire, thanks for the response!

    My SN is S040324. I am still getting used to it, but I like the way it sounds pretty good as is, but being the tinkerer I am, I may change things up one of these days. I have a spare set of Fralin Blues Specials from another guitar, so I may put them in there sometime to just compare and contrast.

    My main amps are a G-DEC 3 Thirty, a '79 Silverface Deluxe Reverb, a '61 tweed Gibson Falcon (GA-19RVT) and a red stripe Peavey Bandit...
     
  4. Platefire

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    My 54 RI is my top dog strat. Don't need an American Standard to feel like I have got a real strat. I've owned American Strats before and know my CIJ is very good quality. I do believe the quality of American built is generally un-surpassed but I bought this from my Son, so that makes it kind of special to me. I love the fat V shaped neck. I'm pretty happy with the Texas Specials but the original pickups did have more of a vintage "Sultons of Swing" type sound that I kind of miss from time to time. Also after many years of foolen with strats, I've finally got to where I can set up a floating tremolo properly--so I like it better floating than blocked.
    I think you might be right on your dating. I thought they had discontinued "CIJ" after 2004 but apparently they didn't.

    Regarding amps, I started building tube amps in 2000 and have a whole host of different tube amps but have to say a Fender Deluxe is hard to beat IMHO. I have a Lunchbox type hand wired 5E3 circuit head for sale on e-bay at this moment. If you want to see it, just do a e-bay search on "Scott 5E3 T-Deluxe Head". Platefire
     
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