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Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by fadetoz, Aug 28, 2019.
You switched to a maple FB. Vintage 50's look, nice job.
GREAT job, I could watch this all day bro.
Yeah the plan changed a little. I thought the pups were MIM but they are Squier. I've been wanting to setup a guitar with the cheap Squier ceramics just so people can hear how good they can really sound. Hope it works out well. I have a plan to make them sound really good.
I am surprised that the ebony is like that. Back in '94 when I bought my Stratocaster Plus, the Stratocaster Ultra had the ebony board and it was black. It was $300 more than the Plus, so I passed.
Yeah the new ones are just luck of the draw what you get. Some are totally different colors. Get off my lawn and make sure my fretboard is one color.
I don't mind rosewood with some character variation, but I like my ebony uniform.
The other neck is going on the tele build now.
Pickup covers and knobs are a bit darker than I would usually do but I like how they turned out. They wouldn't take the stain from he tea or coffee so I ended up using the same tint I use for necks. The before picture was after they had soaked for over a week in tea. Bummer... But some of the import plastics just wont take a stain. I will say this whole project is pretty much on the cheap. So I'm not spending $ or ordering parts like I normally would. I usually order a aged plastic set and a mint PG for a build. But this one is just a project on the cheap. The end result should be pretty cool and I hope to show how a low budget guitar with some cheap parts and a little work can make a nice guitar that sounds good. I can't wait to hear it with these so called junk pickups.
I think the tremolo block is the most expensive part. But my tech gave it to me so I'm not going to turn it away. I think they are like $65 new and he took it out of the new package and handed it to me.
I read that a couple of times … and finally realized you meant "block". What material is used with that one?
That's a really nice looking block, can't wait to see and hear how the guitar turns out!
I actually really liked my ceramics on my CY98. There were two reasons why I removed them: The bridge would squeal like mad with high gain, and I really wanted to try Lace Sensors after reading late 80's and early 90's guitar magazines. My guitar is almost, but not quite, a Squier Plus in the Strat Plus style. I didn't do TBX or roller nut though.
lol... I should proofread a little more..
It's 1018 Cold-Rolled Steel. Whatever that means.
The bridge is probably the part that's 1018 steel. The block looks like pot metal. A magnet would give a clue.
There is more info here https://www.callahamguitars.com/strat_trem_block_catalog.htm
Sure enough. Maybe it's just the finish that makes it look like "white metal" in the photo. Or maybe it's zinc plated to prevent rust.
It's high quality stuff. If my tech hadn't given it to me I wouldn't have purchased it. That stuff is higher end than I would pay for. I don't know if the price justifies the amount of better tone or not.
I hope the guitar is done this next weekend. I want to see what it sounds like.
I still need to do some adjustments on this but it's done. I will get a sound clip this weekend. It sounds really good especially for having cheap Squier pickups in it.
I still need to do the setup but did a quick video with it at lunch. Used the Champ with the TC reverb and a Low End Effects OD and compressor.
Couple more pictures. Did some adjustments tonight. Replaced a bad cap that caused the neck tone pot to not work and had to adjust the neck a little and shimmed it. That helped with a little height adjustment pm the saddles and I have a little more adjustment on the pickup height too. I like to have the middle pup a little low to give it a little more quack.
These cheap pickups actually do sound pretty good IMO and being ceramic they play rather nice with drive along with a good clean sound. I wanted this to represent what you can make a stock Squier sound like. only mod would be the treble bleed. of course I forgot to put all the PG screws back so It has 4 in it rite now.
He'll yea.... Nice job. I've tried soaking covers in strong coffee. Nada , no darkening. Love the color of the ones you used the ink on. Nice dark vintage look. Yea I'm diggin it!!!!