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  • So You Just Bought A New Strat.. What is the first Mod You Make?

    Okay, we're talking specifically about a Strat here. I realize there are many types of Strats out there, so maybe be specific about what you replace on certain models (i.e. MIM, USA, MIJ, etc.). Second thing is, why would you make that mod? Tuning stability, tone, playability, etc?
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    Tusq XL nut

    nice and slippery....so it increases tuning stability

    Second mod:
    Stringsaver Classic saddles

    'cause i hate breaking strings
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    • #3
      lol....I wouldn't buy a strat that required a mod in the first place.....

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      • #4
        Add bridge to tone control.
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        • #5
          Noiseless pickups

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          • #6
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            • #7
              There's many mods for me to do to make a strat playable. The main ones:
              First, remove the middle pickup;
              Second, remove the neck tone pot and do master tone wiring;
              Third, move the vol pot to where the other tone pot used to be;
              Fourth, deck and block the trem.

              Why? Gotta move all that crap out of the way and stabilize it.
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              • #8
                I'm assuming a setup doesn't count as a mod. First, I'd block the trem in the interests of tuning stability. Second, I'm curious about the Chromacaster switch so I might try one. Beyond that, it would depend on the pickups; I might replace them if I wasn't happy.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by soundcreation View Post
                  lol....I wouldn't buy a strat that required a mod in the first place.....
                  This. But, I will say that of the threads I read from electric gearheads, buying and modding seems mutually inclusive more times than not.
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                  • #10
                    New strings and chapstick on the saddles, nut and tree.

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                    • #11
                      I have only ever changed the scratch plate and knobs when I bought my 79 MIA Strat Hardtail. Just for appearance. The rest stays stock. Holds true for my more recent Strat purchases.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Idunno View Post

                        This. But, I will say that of the threads I read from electric gearheads, buying and modding seems mutually inclusive more times than not.
                        That's the thing... I got a great deal on a used Strat... thinking about changing a couple of things, and was curious to see what you guys have done to your Strats. What about tuners?
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                        • #13
                          I probably wouldn't replace the tuners on a "real" Strat but the factory tuners on my Fernandes were pretty cheap so I bought a used set of Mini Grovers on eBay.
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                          • #14
                            Block the trem is always my first mod on a strat. Then again, I always sell the ones I have that feature a trem. I only want hard tail ones.
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                            • #15
                              Never have blocked a trem... How would you go about that? I usually just pull the trem to the body by using extra springs....
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