Members Busk Posted February 7, 2010 Members Share Posted February 7, 2010 I got this. I wanted a strat with a maple board and trem to go with my "vintage" 79 hardtail. I was going to get an EJ, but realized that I can get an MIM or MIJ and make it play as well as any strat. Also, I wanted the thick as a candy apple, Paisley to go with my blue flower tele. Sustains for days like the tele, but I know good coupling. A few things: the trem, saddles and hardware are very good on this MIJ. No need to change them. I have to say I thought they'd be obviously second rate in some way but they're not. The nut was cut correctly too. The only negative, and it is a rather minor one, is a very slight bubbling of the pickguard between the neck and middle pup. I could iron it, but it's not big enough to bother. I did some minor things to it already. I set it up for 10s and got the action nice and low. The intonation was way off, so I did that. I also threw in a US 5-way switch and a better $1.50 cap as opposed to the $.15 cap that was there. I wired the bridge pup into the second tone control along with the middle. I am going to leave the minipots as they are Alphas. I will probably change the pups to GFS 70s grey bottoms non-staggers. The pups on my '79 strat are amazing and it sounds like this is exactly what the GFS pups are trying to be. The stock pups are fine, but they're vintage, and I want the strat tone of my '79. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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