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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-04-2011, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: New custom STRAT




Its a 2011 Deluxe Players Strat (MIM). I started taking her apart as soon as I got it. I have done the following upgrades:

Fender 5-ply pearloid pickguard
Fender Texas Special pup's (actually they are on the ups truck to be delivered today)
Fender CTS split shaft 250K pots
Dunlop strap locks

Completely setup

Plays like a dream. I am in a blues rock band right now and I needed a good strat. My RG's were just too hot.
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Looks gorgeous!
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That is a beauty of a strat - congrats!!!
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Very nice!
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+1 million. Really nice!
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Hot guitar.
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Looks smokin hot!!
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Love it...Don't dig on gold hardware because of the upkeep but it matches splendidly!
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nice.

the Deluxe-series guitars are really great. looks good!
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-05-2011, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks guys, got my 250K pots in today so hopefully I can get everything finalized tonight
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 12:04 AM
 
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Re: NGD: New custom STRAT

You didn't mention a nut swap. That is probably the weakest link on that guitar and it is a $10 swap.
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wow, I don't really care much for strats (except for their tone - Steve Rothery!!!), but that guitar looks amazing.
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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got my Texas Specials all hooked up, pots and capacitor swapped out, Fender American 5-way. It sounds pretty damn close to SRV's tone. Their is a sound inherent to these pups that I cannot describe but you know it as soon as you hear it. Also, the stock electronics really are crap. I found a genuine CTS 250K tone pot for the middle pu, a no name 500K pot for the neck, and the same no name for the volume. The 5-way looked like something that came out of a cracker jack box. Nice quality control Fender lol. But after replacing with all genuine fender stuff with the correct values its amazing the difference.
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You didn't mention a nut swap. That is probably the weakest link on that guitar and it is a $10 swap.
yeah after getting everything hooked up and really taking it for a test drive I noticed the nut wasnt cut correctly and slightly off center. Its a shame that the neck and body and trem are really good but the electronics and in this case the nut are really crap. I have ordered a tusk nut for it.
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so for the cost of a stock american I have a strat that I can really use now and the tone for me is to die for. I knew going into it that it would be heavily modified to meet my requirements and I was fully prepared to buy all the replacement parts and do it right. Its a shame though that Fender lets this stuff go out like this when it would really cost them just a FEW dollars to have a killer instrument off the showroom floor. There is no way I would of even taken this guitar to a PRACTICE much alone a gig in the shape it was in when I got it. Now I cant wait to play our next gig.
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