Strat for Someone not into Strats

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  1. Big Twang Theory

    Big Twang Theory Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    20210803_192349.jpg So I'm not a "strat guy." Never could gel with them. I mean I LOVE the sound of them when other folks play them. But they just never did sound right in my hands. Ironically the first guitar that I bought was a strat. But I grew into a tele player. Or more accurately, I found "my voice" on the telecaster. But a few years ago I wanted to try a strat again, so I got a strat similar to my first. Early 90's MIJ '57 strat. After countless pickup changes I realized I just don't gel with strat pickups. I absolutely love how the guitar itself feels and plays. So I've been having fun trying different "unorthodox" pickup combinations. Something just for fun as a change of pace guitar for a different sound. And here is my new iteration. Put in high sensitivity filtertrons with a new pickguard. So far I'm loving it! Anyone else out there that didn't gel with a certain model of guitar until you went outside the box?
     
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    I heartily approve!
     
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    Van Halen's guitarist seemed to do okay with a Strat that didn't have traditional single coil pickups....I suppose it could work.
     
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    All though I love Fender Strats this is my favorite Strat style guitar. Six on a side locking tuners, 1 tone control for all pickups. 12 inch radius, and goofy offset shape. What’s not to love? 13AD8334-887E-431A-BEE5-D9F656C58006.jpeg
     
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    All my Strats are fat.
     
  6. Big Twang Theory

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    Niiiiiice!
     
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    I don’t see the problem. Looks pretty good to me. I bet those pickups light up that Strat
     
  8. Mike Simpson

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    Looks like a Strabronita…. Or a Stratonita…
     
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    For me, the Clapton wiring/booster finally made a Strat 'feel' right in my hands. I just bought a Jeff Beck sig model (it gets here tomorrow), and I expect that I will be putting the Clapton wiring into it fairly soon.
     
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    when you love cars, they mostly have 4 wheels, so to with a strat.
    it has its formfactor but then Leo did good, you can tweak it all the way :lol::D:lol::D
     
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    To my ears Strats only sound their best at stage volumes.

    They need to be cranked.
     
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    In a full band situation I fully agree. Used in a band just plugged in and clean the way I'm able to use a Les Paul or Telecaster I find strats just sound thin and like a toy. They seem to need quite a bit of drive and/or effects to cut it in a band.
    In my wedding band days I tried to use a strat several times and could never get them to suit me.

    But my last 'band' was a very low volume arrangement with me, a bass player and a female singer. We did low volume coffee house type gigs and I used a strat (actually a Vintage V6 with lipstick pickups) into a Roland Cube60 clean channel. No pick, just fingers. The simple, clear and almost 'pretty' tones worked really well.
     
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    I went through this starting in the 1980s. Tried my friend's 79 and didn't like it--sounded thin to me even after he had the pickups rewound. Got a Fender Strat Elite (the one with the push buttons and active EMG pickups) because it sounded like a Gibson. Too clinically clean. Sold it and tried some other stuff that I sold, including a Custom Shop one with Texas Special pickups I couldn't get along with.

    But when I found a 1956 Strat, I suddenly realized, "Oh, that's the Strat sound I like." Years later I found a 1963 Strat that worked too.

    But lest you think it's only in the vintage stuff that I found that sound, I also bought a hardtail Bullet Strat for $70 new that does it for me almost as well.

    So even within the recognized classic Strat sound, some work and some don't. Glad you found something that worked for you.
     
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    I used to only play HH or HSS Strats - now all single coils (hot, mind you). Your Strat is still Strat in my book. The one in my avatar started life as an HH. It has a 12" radius and is the most comfortable guitar I have ever played.
     
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    I have an old Squier Strat that I put some TV trons in. I love it! It's not my number 1 Strat but it's a lot of fun to play.
     
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    While I've got a couple of SSS Strat-oids too, the three of mine are HH or HHH.

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    Yesss… very nice!

    Noooo… no no no no no no no…
     
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    I like what you like. There are so many combinations and permutations of Stratocaster configurations available either as originally purchased or modified that it’s almost impossible not to be able to find the one, or eight, for you. I have two that are different as night and day. My CS ‘69 twangs. My American Standard, now with an Ultimate Luxe loaded pickguard has chime. I think I could get on with FilterTrons very nicely. Strats just work for me.
     
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    Blocking the tremolo and using P90s and/or humbuckers is what got me to enjoy my Strat. But 20 years of screwing around with the thing encouraged me to sell it. No looking back!
     
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