My wife has a purple sparkle SA160 (SSH) that she loves dearly, but hasn't played that much. We've been getting into Rocksmith lately (I'm playing it on a JS10th.....what a strange world we live in!) and it seemed like the perfect time to fix it up nice for her.
The first thing I'm doing is replacing the humbucker. Her favorite guitarists are Dimebag and Nuno Bettencourt, so I ordered her a (Bill&Becky) Bill Lawrence XL500L, thinking it would provide the perfect sound for someone who's been to the crunch. Hopefully it sounds good in a mahogany body. I don't know if I'm going to flip it around backwards or not, so opinions on that are welcome.
I'm waiting for it to be made (there's 1 to 3 week turnaround), but while I'm waiting, I was thinking about ordering the pot to coil split the tone, like on my JS guitar. What push/pull pot would be a drop in replacement?
I know it should be 500k, but I believe I read somewhere it should be short shaft (and that Ibanez uses odd sizes) ....and I wasn't sure if it was OK to put those metal knobs on a split shaft pot, or if it was supposed to be solid? If somebody could point me to the perfect pot, I'd really appreciate it. Also, will I need to replace the tone cap, or is it possible to reuse the old one?
I also tightened the trem arm, and made a video about it, lol:
The other thing I would like to do would be able to replace her tuners with locking tuners, but they have to be alternative tuning-friendly. I hear a lot of locking tuners don't do well with doing a lot of retuning (the kind where you clip the strings short and they don't really wrap around). Rocksmith has a lot of songs that are in drop D and that sort of thing, and I'd rather make it so she doesn't have to switch guitars, cos she's disabled and can't get around that well at the moment.
Could anybody tell me if a drop-in locking replacement exists? I always hear people saying "Oh yeah, I'm gonna put locking tuners in my SA", but you never hear about if they actually did it. I did put some (Master Lock brand) Teflon oil in the nut, but I don't know how long that stuff lasts and if it's gonna stick around (thoughts on this?), but it seems to help with tuning stability whilst whammying.
I have to say that I've been pretty impressed with this trem as far as how (relatively) well it stays in tune, and that you can pull it a little bit too.
I just want to make a very nice guitar just a little bit nicer for mah lady (plus she would kill me if I tried to mod her Hello Kitty Strat).
Thanks in advance!!!