Members Kind of Blued Posted February 22, 2010 Members Share Posted February 22, 2010 I have less than $200 in this guitar, and it's easily my new favorite. Goes to show what customizing something specifically for YOUR needs can do. With the added pickup and rewiring I now have six noiseless pickup combos, and they all sound REALLY cool. I put the 3-Way and mini switch next to each other so I can get from any PU combo to any other combo with one motion while retaining a pick in my fingers. Getting rid of the 3-way blade selector helps assure I won't unintentionally switch settings on a long downstroke also. That kind of stuff is important to me if I'm gonna use a guitar in a live setting. I purposely routed the middle pickup a bit closer to the bridge than you'd normally find on a Strat. This, along with the fact that I have a Tele bridge pickup, makes the "Position 2 Strat" setting much punchier than on a Strat. The neck and middle pickups together have most of the roundness of a neck humbucker tone, but the middle PU adds some nice punch and presence. All three PUs on at once is a really full, well-balanced tone too. Since the only PU setting I DON'T like on Strats or Teles is the middle pickup alone, this setup works really well for me. Since neither tone knob effects the middle pickup, there are some really cool sounds to be had by manipulating either or both tone knobs in any position when the middle PU is activated. I'm not sure if having the neck HB up against the neck effects tone much, but this pickup sounds SOO much better than it ever did in the Artcore semi-hollow it came in. I think the scale length, and the location of the pickup in regard to the bridge and nut helped a lot with the neck HB tone. If I figure out a way to get clips from my loop pedal, an adapter, and into my laptop, I'll try that soon. Just need some software to adjust levels and EQ I think. Anyway, whadda ya think? :poke: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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