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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmudcat View Post
    I am sure DVM can attest to the fact that the siennaburst is way better looking than pics can convey!!!
    Very true, Muddy. The shots I took were indoors with a flash, and I had to shoot at an angle to keep the flash reflections at bay. Unfortunately, that mutes the appearance of the wood grain--you can see that especially well in the body shot, where the grain shows pretty well on the upper part of the body but really fades out down lower. Hope to be able to take some daylight shots out on my front porch this weekend....after the Nor'easter blows by!
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    Wow. That's sharp! Bosstastic, congrats.

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    Yowza. What a sweet-looking strat!

    Congratulations on your new baby DVM.

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    Never one to leave well enough alone, I'm in the process of changing the pickguard and doing a pickup wiring mod on the guitar. As gorgeous as the wood and the finish on the body are, I found the plain white pickguard (yawn) a bit pedestrian. Ordered one in vintage pearl from Warmoth, got it on Monday, and moved the electronics over to it last night. Not only does it dress up the guitar, but I also like the match with the aged white pickup covers & control knob a lot more. Here's the guitar as it currently stands:



    The guitar isn't all the way back together because I also have a push-pull pot coming to let me add a switch for my favorite Strat pickup wiring mod, namely adding the bridge pickup in series to whatever other pickup combo is selected. Details here: http://www.thefret.net/showthread.php/9616
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    We are not at all surprised that you modded the Strat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piebaldpython View Post
    We are not at all surprised that you modded the Strat.
    Not only that but he took the bridge clean off! That's hard core. That's old school. He can rawk without any strings!
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    Beautiful guitar DVM, congrats. I have yet to bond with a strat, and I believe the p'ups are the culprit. For sure comfortable hanging around your neck.

    On a separate, but related note

    Quote Originally Posted by duhvoodooman View Post
    The Fat '50's pickups are really impressing me--the tone through my Tweed Royal or AC15 is to die for, both clean and with light to moderate overdrive.

    Have I missed your review of this amp, now that she's been up and running for a little while?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tio Kimo View Post
    ....Have I missed your review of this amp, now that she's been up and running for a little while?
    Just posted at some length in my Tweed Royal thread: http://www.thefret.net/showthread.ph...510#post232510

    Quote Originally Posted by marnold View Post
    Not only that but he took the bridge clean off! That's hard core. That's old school. He can rawk without any strings!
    Strings?!? We don't need no stinkin' STRINGS!! They're just a crutch for second-rate players. Since I took them off, I haven't played one bad note on the guitar....
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    Interesting - 2 point trem. I was reading somewhere recently about Suhr strats "not sounding like a strat unless they have the 6-point trem"....

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    Congrats DVM! Yeah those strings are way too slinky. Can't even see them.
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    New pickguard & series switch work complete--take a look at the first two photos in my original post in this thread to see the guitar as it looks now.

    Quote Originally Posted by tjcurtin1 View Post
    Interesting - 2 point trem. I was reading somewhere recently about Suhr strats "not sounding like a strat unless they have the 6-point trem"....
    Hmm, that's pretty strange. The higher end Fender Strats have used the 2-point trem system for many years now--much better tuning stability than the old vintage 6-screw trem. The two point trem uses the same kind of knife-edge-in-a-pivot-slot system that a FR trem uses, just without any of the string-locking stuff. And I assure you, this guitar sounds exactly like a Strat should!
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    Agreed on the two point trem..although ive had nice guitars with both........the only modern style fender bridges I dont care so much about or less than what I personally like is the modern style six saddle or compensated tele bridge over the 3 barrel. I know the tuning stability is supposed to be poorer but a true tele sound atleast to my ears is the 3 barrel!! DVM: I see your next mod being a back trem cover to match the front.That guitar is to pretty to not dress out her backside also!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmudcat View Post
    DVM: I see your next mod being a back trem cover to match the front.That guitar is to pretty to not dress out her backside also!!!!
    Yeah, I was thinking about that last night when I was putting the guitar back together and re-mounted the plain white trem cover....
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    What type of strap buttons are those DVM?

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    Thats a nice Strat!

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    That's a really nice strat.... well done sir !

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