Hi all, earlier today I won an auction for an 04' Fender Floyd Rose Classic Stratocater HH, a guitar I've been really yearning for after I let one slip out of my grasps at the local Sam Ash a while back. Anyhow, as you can see, this one included everything but the pickups, so decision time. You guys are awesome about helping people on this, so thanks in advance.
Anyhow here she is, a beautiful natural burst strat with tortoise shell guard:
My first question is about pup color. My initial thought was that black pups would look mighty sexy on this one, given a swap out for black knobs, but now I'm not so sure, might make it too dark, but still a possibility. Need a pic. Advantage is, tons of black pups on the used market.
I have nothing against white, except for it's pretty common, but at least I know what that would like, sorta:
What I would really dig, is some white Evos with gold bezel, ala Jem7VWH. Are these commercially available anywhere, short of a Dimarzio special order?
Currently I'm thinking cream pups/cream knobs, for a smooth vintage feel, but they may not mix with the shell guard as well as with a cream guard. But I do so love cream pups, and right now I favor them...
Next question is regarding my pup selection. Right now it's looking like Evo neck and Evo/Evo2 bridge. I have Evo bridge in my other strat, and love nearly everything about it, difference is it's running through 250k pots.
Now I'm anxious to try Evo2, but I don't wanna sacrifice the amazing crunch and overall tone of Evo, and reviews of Evo2 leave me unsure still.
Another option is ToneZone, never tried it, heard all the best things about it, but I'm hesitant, as w/ everything. Anyone tried in alder? Evo has all the chunk I need, but TZs thicker lead tone could be nice.
My last option is this, stick with white pups, take the Evo out of my strat, put it in this one (I know I'll like it) and put a Norton where the Evo was. The other strat is a mex fat strat HSS, which deserves a good vintage tone, and Jemsite reviews inparticular have made me anxious to try the Norton.
I know I'm getting ahead of myself here, but I wanna order the pups pretty soon, so theres no waiting once this axe hits my doorstep (cue jinx). So whaddya think? Im open to anything. Thanks guys.
p.s. whats that virtual guitar maker website? cant find it!