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Unread 10-06-2016, 01:41 AM   #1
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So I went into Guitar Center last Saturday while my wife was studying and I picked up this REALLY nice MIA Strat that just played like butter even though it was badly in need of a truss rod adjustment and setup. Then I saw the price and knew that I couldn't justify that kind of coin. Then, when I was on my way out the door I saw this Olympic white strat that they just took in a few hours earlier and hadn't even had the price tag made for it yet so I played it and checked it over and there was just something about it that I couldn't put my finger on but I just had to have it. SOOOOOO back to the house I went to pick up a Samick that I rebuilt about a year ago that i just couldn't bond with. About an hour later I brought my 20 new year old strat back home to have my wife laugh at me for having another guitar.
I was going to post a couple pics here but I can't seem to upload from my computer and I can't start a new thread from my phone so that is why I am doing this in two different posts.


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Unread 10-06-2016, 02:01 AM   #2
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So without further ado:

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This is what it looked like when I brought it home. It's a 94 black label MIM which actually the body and neck were made in Corona, Cali then shipped to the Mexico plant to have the import p'ups and hardware installed.
I had another one that I was working on so I robbed it of parts to put into this one and it now has a set of Alexander Pribora "Classic Blues" p'ups Bourns 250k pots (both tones are push/pull) push back wiring, Oak Grigsby selector switch and a Switchcraft jack. The middle pickup is not wired to a tone (Eric Johnson style) and the first tone pot when pulled up with the selector switch in the #5 position will put the neck and middle in series like a humbucker.

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The second tone pot doors the same with the bridge/middle when in the #1 position.

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Then I added a set of Planet Waves Auto Trim locking tuners.

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This thing plays like a dream and with the new electronics sounds as good as it plays. It is a very versatile axe for sure.
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Unread 10-06-2016, 10:11 AM   #3
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Very nice! Love white Strats!

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Unread 10-18-2016, 08:31 AM   #4
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I am now waiting on a couple more parts to come in...on the next string change it will go back onto the table and get a set of graphtec saddles, a Fender LSR rolling nut and a brass block. Plus it will also need a refret so I am going to try to hold that restring off until I get my current project done.
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Unread 10-26-2016, 08:54 PM   #5
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I am now waiting on a couple more parts to come in...on the next string change it will go back onto the table and get a set of graphtec saddles, a Fender LSR rolling nut and a brass block. Plus it will also need a refret so I am going to try to hold that restring off until I get my current project done.
Now I can say something about my current project.
I pulled a 29 year old Squier Strat contemporary that was made in the Fender Japan plant in 1987 from one foot in the grave. It started life as a Blondie with a system 1 bridge system (made by Schaller). Then someone sanded the body to bare wood (except in the cavities). My intent was to bring it back to its original glory since I also got the original electronics and pickguard but the more I looked at it, it started talking to me so I started from the beginning.
I started with CTS 250k pots and an Oak Grigsby 5 way switch. The p'ups are from a maker out of Russia who impressed me very much on my last rebuild, Alexander Pribora. This P'up set is his "Hot Custom" set. I stayed with the original pickguard, knobs and P'up covers.
Instead of repainting, the body kept saying "Natural"...so I gave it a clear finish, yanked the frets and installed jumbo/tall frets. Next is a new nut and final set up of the action.
Here is where I am so far:

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