Getting the tools out again

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  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
    Apologies if I misled you re the 250K blend pot - I've honestly never noticed any issue myself, but your testing of the circuit may well be more sophisticated that mine. I do think the ideal pot would be a 250K no load type - that definitely removes any influence from the blend loop, and the taper does seem to about spot on to me.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    No problem, but the switched pot would be ideal. I will know how much of an influence it has when I play some music with it.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    Just ordered a CTS no load pot. I am still a month away from needing it ready, so I may as way do it right.
  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
    Jocko said:

    Just ordered a CTS no load pot. I am still a month away from needing it ready, so I may as way do it right.

    Don't blame you, I've used those myself. And and least it is an easy swap, with only a couple of wires running to the pot. :)
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    Megi said:

    And and least it is an easy swap, with only a couple of wires running to the pot. :)

    Especially as the pickguard is still lying on the bench! I'll wait until it is swapped before installing on the bespoke pickguard. At least the guitar is complete and playable at the moment.

  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    My no load pot arrived today so I wired it into the circuit, and it works a treat. I have just to remove the bespoke pickguard from the guitar and swap the circuits over. I say swap them, but I think I will just bin the Squier electrics. Doubt I will ever have a need for them.
    I am a bit concerned that I fall in love with the Stratru-caster, once I start playing it and playing with it. I suppose that if I do I could always pass along "Blondie" instead.
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    Mind you, I could always pick up a Squier off Gumtree, or the like, and do the same mod for myself!
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    Well, that's the Stratru-caster stripped. Just to transfer the parts over to the bespoke pickguard. I'll leave that until tomorrow evening.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    Well, that is the update to the Stratru-caster complete. An amazing range of sounds available but how many will be used I wouldn't like to guess. Currently, with the new Fender Super Bullet 9's fitted, there are some wonderful bell like tones. I'll play it for the next few weeks and see how I get on with it.
  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
    Jocko said:

    Well, that is the update to the Stratru-caster complete. An amazing range of sounds available but how many will be used I wouldn't like to guess. Currently, with the new Fender Super Bullet 9's fitted, there are some wonderful bell like tones. I'll play it for the next few weeks and see how I get on with it.

    Glad to hear this has worked out well Jocko. I have to admit I generally use the standard strat tones when I play my strats - certainly when playing live anyhow. But I do find the blend circuit produces some nice extra options, and it's easy to leave the blend turned fully clockwise, and then you've got the standard setup, with master volume and tone, so it's a fairly trouble-free circuit to use. As to the bell like tones, of course the pickups have a lot to do with that (not to mention a good, resonant, well-made guitar) so you've obviously made a good choice there. :)
  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,314Member
    Your skills with those tools has not left you since you last used them! Good work! It'll be interesting to see if you've turned the guitar into a keeper.

    Good that you remember those skills and how the tools work. I've just binned a load of old gear from my guitar building days and there was some of it I didn't recognise any more. Moving house and downsizing very soon, so some things have to go!

    Well, to be accurate we're moving IF all the legal processes of sale and purchase are ever sorted out that is. :(
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    Mark P said:

    It'll be interesting to see if you've turned the guitar into a keeper.

    It certainly won't be a keeper as far as I am concerned. The reason I have done the recent work to it is to pass it on to someone else, but I am sure the recipient will definitely want to hold on to it.
    I don't want to say too much, in case the intended receiver stumbles upon this site by accident, but I will update you later on the progress.

  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    Well that is the guitar finished, set up and shaken down. I have played it constantly for a fortnight, so this evening I polished it up, wiped it down, and put it in its Gator Case. That is it ready to pass on this coming week.
    I dug out my American Standard Strat to play, going forward, and the first thing that struck me was the weight. Or rather the lack of it. The Ash body of the Fender is so much lighter than the Mahogany/Sapele body of the Stratru-caster. For that think Les Paul weights!
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,648Member, Moderator
    I know what you mean: I sold my Gibson Les Paul partly because 4.8kg was impractically heavy for me for the length of a whole gig.
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 924Member
    4.8kg ? Wow! I have a 4kg guitar that I can actually play for a long time, and not because I’m super strong. The strap buttons happen to lay the strap evenly across my back, evening out the weigh quite well. It’s also a soft padded leather strap. I find wider straps helps a lot. But failing that, yea, a strat is the answer!
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Posts: 906Member
    edited November 2018
    As with @nicholaspaul I too have a heavy guitar (my Aria PE1000). I've never put it on decent scales but it is solid canadian rock maple and a 4" wide soft leather strap has accompanied it since the very earliest gigs I did back in the 70s. The strap stinks of stale nicotine from the days when venues allowed smoking and I indulged in that disgusting habit too. But it's part of the guitar and so stays, wide straps for the win and the yoofs say.
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 924Member
    Solid maple? Egads, that would be a beast! The Steve Harris Fender bass is solid maple and it weighs nearly 12lbs. I picked one up in a music store once. Well, I tried, but gravity fought me all the way. THAT is a heavy guitar! I have coffee tables that weigh less, I’m sure.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,032Member, Moderator
    Mahogany Strat weighs in at 9.5 lbs. (4.3 kg)
  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
    My walnut body strat is around 9 lbs, I like to think a bit under, but I would have to weigh it accurately to be sure. It doesn't seem too bad on a strap anyhow, but noticeably heavier than my other strats/guitars in general.
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 924Member
    We must all be nuts. We all know what weight doesn’t equal sustain!
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