New Frankenstrat, old parts

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by LowCaster, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. LowCaster

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    Squier Showmaster Neck (Indonesia 2005)
    Fender ST-562 body (Japan circa 1988)
    Squier ceramic pickups (From a 1987 Korean Strat)
    Schaller "Vintage tremolo" new
    Sperzl locking tuners
    pots and screws from the parts box.

    I got that body for cheap (with a cheap Floyd unit), but there was a reason: the original Kahler Spyder trem is rare, and the floyd is not a perfect replacement. It took some time to figure it out...

    Eventually I found that Schaller "vintage tremolo" that is a direct replacement for Floyd Rose tremolos (and good for those that got tired of floyds). Very nice and well made.

    Those Showmaster necks are really not well finished. OK wood from a tree, but the shape and finish are crude. So I sanded it and painted it black as a tribut to the 80's origins of the body.

    The ceramic pickups from my first guitar are not so bad.

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  2. mkdaws32

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    Very cool. Nice job fitting these all together.
     
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    Thanks.

    I forgot to mention the neck plate: homemade from a 3mm aluminum sheet.

    And this is my last "floyd" guitar ever. I knew Floyds were not my thing, but I discovered that there is not enough wood in there to hold the tremolo stud inserts. There is a crack, in there, and I'll have to address it some day. It is a really bad design from this point of view.
     
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  4. Preacher

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    I know I am probably in the minority but I had a guitar with ceramic pups, decided to change them to alinico 5s and put the ceramics back in.
    The ceramics sounded much better on that guitar.
     
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    I like some ceramics too. The Dimarzio SDS-1 has a really nice complexity to it for a ceramic, overwound, single coil pickup.
     
  6. LowCaster

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    Those old ceramic pups that I put in there are not too hot which is a good thing, balance is OK, and they are not too shrill sounding, but their clarity is so-so. They just do the job. Not to be compared to high end stuff.
     
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