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Unread 09-11-2007, 09:22 PM   #31
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How different?

I'm actually almost thinking that a set of EMGs would pair nicely with the guitar overall.
Haha, EMG's were actually my first choice. I want to put a 'humbucker that fits into a single coil slot' (i'm sure there's a technical term for that) in the back to get a little more punch. The only clear pickguards I could find are SSS and the only humbucker that i'm familiar with that fits that is the lil screamin demon. I'm open to other options!

What kind of EMG's were you referring to? I know very little about them but liked what stewmac had to offer.

Knowthat i'm not planning on dropping hundreds and hundreds of dollars on this guitar. I don't think I'd want to spend more than $150 on the pups and that's pushing it. I'd much rather stay well under $100. Options?

As far as how different...

...Really different. I've been looking into maybe putting in a black ice circuit or even other 'onboard' effects. I'm still looking into my brian mayish idea. I'm open to pretty much anything that will set this guitar apart and yet still give it a nice tone and feel! I want this guitar to be completely different than what most people have ever seen.
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How about a lil screamin demon and two of these:

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electron...For_Strat.html

Are these crap or a bargain?
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Unread 09-11-2007, 09:41 PM   #32
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Glow in the dark knobs would rock! I always wanted some, but I don't think they'd work well with any of my guitars. Yours on the other hand is perfect for glow in the dark knobs. I think Spacecaster would be cool too.
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Unread 09-12-2007, 10:29 AM   #33
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http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electron...For_Strat.html

Are these crap or a bargain?
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I'm going to go with crap. They're probably not terrible...but they're definitely trying to use the EMG name on pickups that are likely very inferior.

EMG does make some Strat singles...if they're anything like the Tele singles they're very clean. I liked the tone of the Tele singles...

Something you might consider is purchasing a large plastic flat bottom container (something like Tupperware) and cutting out your own pickguard to the specs that you want.
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Unread 09-12-2007, 10:34 AM   #34
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http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electron...For_Strat.html

Are these crap or a bargain?
-shane
An EMG select was the first pickup I put in my first project guitar. It wasn't bad. Then again, I can usually EQ any pickup to get a sound I like.
It's definitely not in the same league as the EMG actives though.

I like the clear pickguard idea a lot.
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Unread 09-12-2007, 11:02 AM   #35
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I have a spare emg SA lying around if you are interested...
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Unread 09-12-2007, 11:04 AM   #36
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I have a spare emg SA lying around if you are interested...
Pm me with details. I'm interested.
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So here are all of my basic thoughts. From knobs to pickups, I think i've got everything included. The only thing i'm going to reuse is the input jack plate and the bridge (but i'm buying new saddles). Feel free to keep commenting!
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Knobs: ($24)
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...ack?sku=421423

Pickguard: ($33)
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Pickguar...ickguards.html

Pickguard Screws: ($5.50)
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Pickguar...rd_Screws.html

Straplock: ($16)
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tem?sku=364008

Pickups:
Lil’ Screamin’ Demon or 59er (bridge)
2 Emg’s or duckbuckers (middle & neck)

Nuts, Saddles, and String Retainers: $46
http://www.stewmac.com/cgi-bin/hazel...PEC=graph+tech

Locking Tuners: $60-100
http://www.stewmac.com/cgi-bin/hazel...=locking+tuner
CTS pot: $15
http://guitarelectronics.zoovy.com/product/CPC500

Black Ice Overdrive: $27.50
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electron...s.html#details
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Unread 09-12-2007, 11:11 AM   #37
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So here are all of my basic thoughts. From knobs to pickups, I think i've got everything included. The only thing i'm going to reuse is the input jack plate and the bridge (but i'm buying new saddles). Feel free to keep commenting!
-shane

Knobs: ($24)
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...ack?sku=421423

Pickguard: ($33)
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Pickguar...ickguards.html

Pickguard Screws: ($5.50)
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Pickguar...rd_Screws.html

Straplock: ($16)
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tem?sku=364008

Pickups:
Lil’ Screamin’ Demon or 59er (bridge)
2 Emg’s or duckbuckers (middle & neck)

Nuts, Saddles, and String Retainers: $46
http://www.stewmac.com/cgi-bin/hazel...PEC=graph+tech

Locking Tuners: $60-100
http://www.stewmac.com/cgi-bin/hazel...=locking+tuner
CTS pot: $15
http://guitarelectronics.zoovy.com/product/CPC500

Black Ice Overdrive: $27.50
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electron...s.html#details
A couple thoughts...

First (and more important of the two)...if you mix passive and active pickups you will need separate wiring for each. I believe you can send them all through the same output jack, but you will need separate volume and tone controls.

Second...why not just go with standard tuners? you mentioned earlier that you didn't want to spend a ton on this guitar...why go premium with the tuners?
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Unread 09-12-2007, 12:19 PM   #39
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also, why go with a single sized humbucker rather than an EMG active?
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Unread 09-12-2007, 01:48 PM   #40
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I'd make it a double fat. You could have a lot of fun with one of those. I'm not a fan of EMGs but if you like them go for it. I like SD's and Dimarzios actually... But you might also look at www.Adeson.co.uk ; They're gonna be a bit more expensive, but they sound sexy.
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Unread 09-12-2007, 06:27 PM   #42
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I'm looking at passive EMG's. Stewmac had some pretty nice looking ones for fairly cheap.

I decided i'm actually going to spend a little more on this guitar than I thought. Right now it's looking like around $300.

My thought is this: Not only is this a hotrod guitar. It's a practice guitar. I basically want to practice every mod that I would do to my gigging strat. I'd hate to go to change out the nut and mess something up or switch out pups and not get it right on a guitar that I use often. This way I can practice and make sure I get everything right on a guitar that 'doesn't matter'.

Basically, I want to perform all of the typical mods on this guitar first. Then I can do them to my mim strat. Heck, I may even transfer them over after it's done.

I'm going to try to do this in phases. I'll post a more concise list later but it will be something like this:

Phase 1: Restore all original parts to working order.
Phase 2: Buy and install pickguard, knobs, and straplock.
Phase 3: Buy and install saddle, nut, and string retrainers.
Phase 4: Buy and install locking tuners.
Phase 5: Buy and install pickups and black ice.

Sound like a decent order, or should I do things differently?
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Unread 09-12-2007, 07:15 PM   #43
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Hmmm, are you sure about the black ice? From reviews I've read, its not terribly good.

If you're willing to go active:
http://www.guitarheads.net/product%20pages/QDD2.htm

I believe that's a better choice for on-board OD.
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Not sure about the black ice at all. I just know that I don't use my tone knobs ever. It'd be nice to actually have a use for that space. This thing seems pretty sweet.

How much more complicated would it be to go active?
-shane

Any ideas for what to do with the second tone knob? Is there a way to wire both tone knobs to 'full' and then use them for different purposes? EX: Distortion, something else, volume instead of tone, tone, volume.
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How much more complicated would it be to go active?
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Any ideas for what to do with the second tone knob? Is there a way to wire both tone knobs to 'full' and then use them for different purposes? EX: Distortion, something else, volume instead of tone, tone, volume.
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You'd have to install a different input jack and make space for the battery to go with that active OD.

Second tone knob...if you don't use the tone knobs, why not make it another volume knob or something? it shouldn't be difficult to wire up.
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