So, I bought a cheap Strat today. I couldn't resist. It's just so damned ugly...and did I mention cheap? I couldn't say no to the price!
But...it's still a Strat.
Not for long.
This will be an interesting project, turning a Stratocrapper into a Memph-O-caster!
Step one, those pickups gotta go! Sweet Jeebus they sound plinky. Luckily, I have some Texas Specials that have been waiting for a forever home. Problem solved!
That 5-way switch...gonna be gone! Hate those things!
That damned volume knob and those ridiculous dual tone knobs...GONE! Leo proved his lack of guitar playing knowledge when he put that damned volume knob so close to the strings. Hell, a midget with stubby fingers would be hard-pressed not to accidently kill the volume while playing.
Sure sure...lots of "tonal variety" with a Strat. Too bad most of it sounds like a guitar being played through grandma's transistor radio...and not in a good way. Seriously, they're the most overrated guitar on the planet.
OK, Leo got a few things right with the Strat. The body was ingenious for it's day. It was the Atomic Age and the Strat looked futuristic. It didn't look like a guitar. The double cutaways and the contoured body....nice! The recessed input jack, pure genius! The neck was just a slight variation on the Tele...and really, that's where most of a guitar's magic comes from. If the neck ain't playable, ya might as well make a lamp out of it.
Now that I have this thing...it's time to make it rock! Here's some of the changes you can expect to see:
- New pickups
- New knobs
- New Pickup Selector Switch
- New Pickguard
- New Nut
- New Bridge Saddles
- New Wiring (maybe...we'll see how things work out)
- New Tuners
When I'm finished, it's gonna be a keeper, not a weeper!