Modded strat

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  1. Ancestor

    Ancestor SS Contributor

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    Thought people might enjoy a few strat pics. I got this for 100 bucks. Put 140 bucks worth of hot rails in it. Scalloped the neck. And an electrical engineering student I know wired it with the Hendrix schematic.

    I've had this guitar for about 5 years. Got when I had a hell of a lot more money to spare. I love to play it. Has a very, very metal sound to it. Those rails rock. :)

    Notice the tele switch. "Genuine Fender parts"... according to my tech. Ha! And since it's the Hendrix wiring, the selected p/u in the photo is the neck p/u.

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  2. Esp Griffyn

    Esp Griffyn APEX

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    The Scalloping job doesnt look the best aesthetically but as long as it plays good it all gravy :)
     
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  3. Ancestor

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    Dude, I hate being poor. I've said it a million times. Before I got this, I was pricing out a warmoth body and neck, along with the necessary electronics and hardware. I couldn't afford that stuff! A guy from warmoth suggested I get a project strat and do it myself, which I did.

    I wish it looked better, but as you say, it plays and sounds really nice - like gravy. ;)
     
  4. dream-thief

    dream-thief I Am The Anger

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    I hate theaestetics on scalloped necks. All of them.

    top 4 is uaully pretty nice on 24 fret necks though.


    Love your guitar, Ancestor. I have a stacked 'bucker on my strat too an it's awesome.
     
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  5. Leon

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    i don't think anyone likes being poor :lol:

    not bad, though, for a poor man's guitar :agreed:
     
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    Looks quite nice :agreed:
     
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  7. SnowfaLL

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    What is the hotrails in the neck like? I am building a strat and thinking of buying one..

    thanks.
     
  8. Metal Ken

    Metal Ken Hates the Air

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    This guitar did play awesome :yesway:
     
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  9. Ancestor

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    They are some of the highest output pickups made. So, if you like metal, they're good. I would probably go with something else if you are looking for a "strat" tone.
     
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    yeh. Im not sure exactly what I am looking for. Haha. I think im doing HSS, so the bridge is gonna take care of the metal tone hopefully, with the middle doing the strat thing, and the neck doing the lead/smooth lines.. ala Satch or so (hopefully, thats the idea)

    Is the hotrails good for nice lead playing, like smooth and silky? or is it hard and chunky?
     
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    TomAwesome I LIKE JUICE!!!

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    A scalloped neck is a happy neck.
     
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  13. Shawn

    Shawn Ibanez Guitars

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    That's pretty cool. Nice work. Strats = :yesway:
     
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  14. turmoil

    turmoil l0rd of teh shr3d

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    nice mod dude!! i had a squier strat that i modded as well and i loved playing that guitar.

    also, +1 on being an EE student :)
     
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    I like the rails for leads, because I like a lot of gain. But you have to do all the muting stuff, whereas I think it's not as bad with a lower output signal. I have a guitar with a more or less single coil in the front and the leads are cleaner.

    So, hard and chunky.
     
  16. NeubyWanKaneuby

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    I like it. :agreed: I had a highway strat, but sold it. I had thought about different pickups in it, but then I bought an SZ720, so I needed the money to pay that bill... definitely miss the strat.
     
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    The highway strats are cool. I love this color:

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  18. NeubyWanKaneuby

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    I had a green one, with a maple fretboard. you could see the wood grain in the finish... now I'm having seller's remorse!

    I definitely like that blue. I think I might go with the natural finish if I ever get another one...
     

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