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  • Got around to cleaning up the Big Apple Strat...

    Took this Big Apple Strat in trade last week.  They guy had owned it for 9 years, and had only kept it as a back up to his Les Paul.  Consequently, it spent a lot of time in the case (good for me), or on a stand.  Wasn't in bad shape, but needed a good cleaning.  Took it apart, just to make sure everything looked good...


    SD '59 in the neck position

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    Pearly Gates in the bridge...

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    Everything looks to be stock, and in great shape.

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    Body has very little wear on it.  A few swirls on the back, but for being a January '99 model, its in amazing shape!  Oiled and cleaned the fretboard, and then installed a new set of Slinky Cobalts.  The bridge needed a bit of adjustment, as it was not setting right.  Adjusted the claw on the back, and it's looking good.  Lowered the action a bit with that, so it plays even better now.  It's set up for 10's, so it's got a bit of beef to the tone, but enough Fender sound to it that it sounds really good!  Love it!  ...and no hum...

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    My Gear:
    2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
    2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
    Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro
    2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
    Takamine acoustic

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    That is really regal.  I love the way Fender wires em up and makes em look so clean.  Even my old MIMs (93 & 98) are wired up so orderly with zip ties.  Course it looks a lot messier after I put some better pickups in.  Something you won't have to worry about with those Duncans.  Love a 59 in the neck and I've only heard good things about the Pearly Gates. 

    "Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you're listening. Playing the piano ['guitar'] allows you to do both at the same time." -Kelsey Grammer


    • steve_man
      steve_man commented
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      Yeah, really like this pickup set.  I have never had a ton of experience with a Pearly Gates humbucker, but I have always wanted an original Lone Star Strat, and that's the same humbucker as this one...