Tom delonge strat sound

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by hurley_125, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. hurley_125

    hurley_125 New Member

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    I´m from Chile and i want to buy a Tom Delonge strat but i wanted to know why it sounds so special? it has a unique sound but i don t know why. I think its alder body but i dont know whhat kind of squier can be... a satndard squier?
    thanks
     
  2. Ace38

    Ace38 Squier-Meister

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    Best I can find its a regular agathis body (which is a form of mahogany), but I think that super hot Duncan Invader humbucker explains a lot of why it sounds like it does.
     
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  3. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier Talker

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    I don't know about the availability in Chile but you can build one rather easily in the US using a Squier Standard Strat as a base. On eBay, you can buy a single humbucker pickguard and a Invader like pickup for less than $50. A little wiring up, block the trem and you'll have it, except for the color.

    The guitar tone is primarily from the Invader pickup and it being a single pickup guitar. Of course, you can get a similar tone by using a any higher output humbucker into a amp and effects setup like he uses.
     
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  4. squierbilly

    squierbilly Squier-holic

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    I'd say placement of the humbucker and only a volume knob and hard tail bridge.. (Adding a tone pot adds resistance which changes volume and tone)
     
  5. Ace38

    Ace38 Squier-Meister

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    Good point, I'd forgotten that was a volume only guitar.
     
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  6. squierbilly

    squierbilly Squier-holic

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    I almost splurged for one (I like the single invader concept) but would prefer a trem style and kinda like having a tone knob so I thought I might build my own version.. Not only that but the volume knob is in sort of an odd spot.. I guess you really need to be a fan of tom delonge to want one.. (or collector of one off's)..
     
  7. Lonn

    Lonn Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Love the guitar, hate that humbucker in the Fender model. Probably the only SD pickup I never liked.
     
  8. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    It's the pickup. My friend has one and it's the pickup IMO.
     
  9. Ace38

    Ace38 Squier-Meister

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    Is there much difference between the actual Invader and the "Duncan Designed" variant in the Squier, or have you not tried the Squier yet?
     
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  10. Lonn

    Lonn Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've had multiples of both. The Squier version is livable IMO, I just find the genuine Invader incredibly rough sounding. Nothing wrong with that if it's what you're looking for.
     
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  11. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-holic

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    What about the Chinese "Invader" or a Dragonfire Invader?

    Are they close to snuff?
     
  12. Ace38

    Ace38 Squier-Meister

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    Not that you need more gear...lol..but...
     
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  13. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-holic

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    I'm gonna need to listen to this when class gets out.

    But you're right. I'm OD overflowing. I'm gonna have to kick my kids out of the upstairs room so I can use it as a second mancave to store guitars. I want a faux stage area where I can pretend to be a rock star. :)
     
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  14. radiotech

    radiotech Squier-holic

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    You mean his tone isn’t from using an Allen wrench to pick with?

    :eek:



    :p
     
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  15. radiotech

    radiotech Squier-holic

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    Shame on me... mixing him with Tom Morello....

    I meant to say: You mean his tone isn’t from Extra-Terrestrials?!

    :eek:



    :p
     
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  16. wickedtools

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  17. Davey

    Davey Squier-holic

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    Used Invaders used to be 40-50 bucks, not unreasonable. I don't have one but will someday. I have the Duncan Performer in the bridge of two different Stats (one a Bullet Special) and it is pretty good with a big amp behind it. Would like to get a real Invader and see the difference first hand.

    Problem is....... I have boxes full of pick ups I had "planned" to do something with :) easy to hit that buy it now button or get sucked into auctions......... isn't it Eddie? :D

    And of course effects etc. make a big difference and how well a given pup will respond with them. I have found that a pickup that does not cut it straight into the amp likely won't be great or as good no matter what you do :)
     
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