Jazzy Partscaster (Strat) with a 70s vibe

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by Little Jay, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Little Jay

    Little Jay Squier Talker

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    My latest project was to assemble some Strat parts I had laying around. I wanted a ‘jazzy’ Strat: darker, fat clean tone, suitable for more jazzy stuff but also still funkin’ it up when it needs to....

    I had a sunburst body laying around (acquired as a part, looks like a Squier body?) and stumbled upon a Squier neck with the big headstock (love those!) on a dutch auction site. It already came with the Fender decal that’s finished over, so I didn’t bother removing it. They also sanded the back of the neck to the bare wood. Feels good, imho.

    Because of the big headstock, the idea of a 70s-vibes Strat capable of doing some jazz was born. That’s why I wanted all plastic black.

    Jazz on a Strat? A challenge since I don’t like Strats for jazz at all! I play a 1950 ES-125 or a Gibson ES-333 for that... but I think I managed!

    For me the trick was using a .1uF tone cap (like Fender did from ‘54-‘62 as well) and stringing it with heavier flatwounds (.011). The rosewood fingerboards helps too I guesss! Neck and bridge pickups are Custom Shop 54s, bridge is an 80ies Fernandes ‘grey bottom’

    Some other details:
    * unknown 2-stud vibrato
    * Alpha 250k pots
    * unknown tuners - factory Squier maybe?
    They feel good
    * budget scratch plate from Yellow Parts
    It works, but almost all screw-holes were
    off

    Here’s the result:
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    And this is what she sounds like:





    It plays mighty fine! Neck feels nice and substantial. Overall weight is not too heavy.

    You like?
     
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  2. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

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    Like? Come on....that was just what the doctor ordered tonight.
    Man that’s a serious guitar right there. I love the way the bass strings sound.
    Great job all around!!
     
  3. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic

    Dec 21, 2018
    Europe
    Fabulous sound and excellent playing!
     
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  4. Little Jay

    Little Jay Squier Talker

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    Thanks! Flats definitely sound different than roundwounds indeed.... I think they are responsible for the way the bass strings sound. I prefer flats over rounds, especially for jazz.
     
  5. Little Jay

    Little Jay Squier Talker

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    Thank you so much!
     
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  6. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic

    Dec 21, 2018
    Europe
    It's really refreshing to hear some good jazz on the forum! Thanks, Little Jay!
     
  7. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    Nice work Jay - it's the player not the guitar ! You can play Jazz on anything ! Favorite things - great arrangement !
     
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  8. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier

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    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    Sweet guitar, sweet tone, sweet playing!!!
     
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  9. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

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    Crappie fishing.
    I like, and what he said ^^^ :)
     
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  10. Little Jay

    Little Jay Squier Talker

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    Thanks for the kind words everybody!

    I got inspired by this footage of Jimmy Smith’s guitar player (Quentin Warren) on a Strat. Made me wonder if I could get a Strat to sound like that ;-)
    (Guitar solo starts at 0.57 or so)

     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
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  11. Little Jay

    Little Jay Squier Talker

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    It sounds great on my old Framus amp! As if they were meant for eachother....


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  12. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    I like flatwounds a lot!!! When I get my Strat project done, it will have flatwounds on it, and my Duo has them on it now.
     
  13. Little Jay

    Little Jay Squier Talker

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    Yes... to my ears flatwounds give that authentic sound! I suspect -besides jazz - also a lot of early blues and soul was recorded on guitars strung with flatwounds simply because rounds were not widely available? When exactly did guitarists switch to rounds?
     
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