Stratotone Pickup Position

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  1. Jake Nelson

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    How many have built a guitar with one pickup where a stratotone would have it?

    Pictures would be great.

    I’m thinking of a offset non reverse style with one humbucker or mini humbucker and one volume knob.
     
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    I have a very clean 65’ Kay K100 with the pickup in that position and it is excellent. Jerry Garcia was very fond of the middle position on the Strat. It works great.
     
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    awesome. i have played a stratotone that belongs to a friend and dig it but don’t see too many builds like them.
     
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    I have an actual Kay Stratotone I bought as a husk and have not put it back together because i never like the sound of middle position pickups.
    Might like the sound of a great pickup, but it always sounds even better under one of the string nodes nearer the bridge (or neck).

    Note that Harmony made a similar guitar that's often called Stratotne incorrectly.
    You need to get the pickup that was in the guitar you liked, the idea alone isn't tone!

    The real Kay had a "pancake" pickup and you can find originals on ebay for $129 or so.
     
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    Guild Jetstar, smoking with one P90 :D
     
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    About 10 or so years ago I did some Kaytones.


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    Right there man, right there!
     
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    :D I have thought about it lol
     
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    I have flatwounds on an old Harmony Bobcat. My GF borrowed it for a gig this weekend, amazing sound. Light as a feather, since it lived most of it's 56 year life in the desert, it's like petrified wood.

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    I have 1954 statotone. It came with the original case. I don't loan that out anymore. I used to, all the time. Everyone that played it wanted to buy it. It's not like any other guitar, no truss rod for one, very light and resonet, low action no buzz. A keeper.

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    My plan is to build a tele neck with no truss rod. I got the quartersawn wood this week. I am going to make a dummy pine first-try neck before I go into the good wood. I think's going to be a gold foil neck PU and scatterwind alnico 2 bridge. I have gold german tele-elite bridge, it's a top loader. I might try the neck first on an esquire body to see if it sounds and feels that much different than a truss-rod neck.
    I noticed on the one pickup Harmonys, the pickup is located right over the strongest harmonic zone.
     
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