GUITAR STUFF INDEX
- BUTCHERED STRATS
This indulgent set of articles is kinda like showing off pictures of
your kids or cats. There's probably a few scraps of useful information
in 'em however...
- STRAT 1 [06/08/03] My very first abused '71
- STRAT 2 - A Tokai Strat knock-off with a fat baseball bat neck
that I came to hate. (stolen)
- STRAT 3 - Fender's made-in-Japan "Contemporary Strat" with humbuckers
and a Floyd Rose-ish tremolo with roller saddles. Mounted a Gibson
"Widget" MIDI gizmo to play synth stuff through the computer.
- STRAT 4 [06/08/03] Gosh, this was once a
Stratocaster Plus Deluxe, before I swapped the bridge for a Graphtech
piezo/hexpander system and replaced the Lace Sensors for SCNs, and...
- STRAT 5 [06/08/03] It's a gold Fernandes/Fender
FrankenStrat with Kinman pickups, a scalloped maple neck, and an
onboard modded SD1 circuit. It inherited the few parts leftover
from abusing the long-gone '71 Strat 1.
- STRAT 6 - Fender Highway 1 Strat that looked like Strat 1 in its
original sunburst finish. Replaced its pickups with Kinmans, but
nothing much to write about.
- STRAT 7 [07/10/08] A YJM Strat, reconfigured
into the "Got Wood?" Strat, replicating the girlie graphics
of Strat 1. The YJM part is the neck, most everything else was replaced
and redistributed. Onboard modded SD1 circuit...
- STRAT 8 (CYLON STRAT) [02/27/11] An
aluminum-bodied Partscaster with a scalloped graphite neck and active
bass, mid and treble controls. A somewhat impractical guitar with
surprisingly good playability: Not to be played while naked in the
- NUMBER 9 [07/01/12] Another partscaster,
using the lightweight YJM body from Strat 7, an Eric Johnson maple
neck, Callaham narrow bridge, David Allen's Dover single-coil pickups,
and an S-1 switch & Superswitch, wired up "Nashville"
style. Fat necks and passive single coils aren't my preference,
but it's one of my most "normal" Strats.
- STRAT 10? [09/20/12] Yet another partscaster,
assembled from a Warmoth body, a solid rosewood neck, EMG SAVX pickups,
with Guitarfetish's SRV Exciter and Crackpotz "Stack in a Jack" circuits.
- STRAT 10.5 [07/15/16] Strat 10, transformed
into the Rosewood Strat, a.k.a., the wooden boat anchor guitar.
This got the full-on woody treatment, including Reed James wooden
single coil pickups.
- STRAT 10.5.1 [09/17/16] The Rosewood
Strat with a gold hardware conversion: Super Vee's Bladerunner tremolo,
and Sperzel staggered locking tuners.
- STRAT 10.6 [10/16/16] Offspring of
Strat 10: A new neck and noiseless pickups means that there's nothing
left of the original Strat 10.
- STRAT 11 [09/22/12] A Lucite plastic guitar/boat anchor.
- STRAT 12 [09/27/16] Fender Japan's STR-75 from the late '80s-- a Floyd Rose HSS "Super Strat".
- LES PAUL PERSONAL (PROFESSIONAL & RECORDING)
[10/29/03] Ack, it's a Gibson!!! Also, a well-kept secret, lucky for
- PART 1 What it is
- PART 2 Exploring the circuitry
- PART 3 Desecrating the circuitry (revisited
- LES PAULS
[08/04/11] The acquisition of another Les Paul prompted me to write
this article about my "regular" Les Pauls, mostly from Gibson's 2007
"Guitar of the Week" (GOTW) series.
- FLOYD ROSE FRX WHAMMY FOR LES PAULS
[06/23/16] A no-routing solution for giving your elegant Les Paul some
down-home trailer trash mojo. Yee haw! Also, a thumbs up for Kluson's
- LES PAUL PIEZO
[11/24/16] A reversible installation of Graphtech's Ghost Acousti-Phonic piezo pickup system in a Les Paul.
- IBANEZ SUPER STRAT
I like my Strats, but playing around with Gibbies made me want to
try something slightly different; My impressions of the Ibanez guitars,
and my quest for the "Super Strat".
[06/10/12] Rickenbacker 330/6 and 381/12: Pricey indulgences, but
beautiful and interesting additions to the arsenal. Definitely unlike
- GRETSCH BST-1000
[09/17/12] She ain't much to look at and gets little respect, but
she's a fine player.
- GK-2A EXTERNAL-TO-INTERNAL CONVERSION NOTES
[06/08/03] Some preliminary thoughts about installing Roland's GK-2A
external ("wart") hex pickup gizmo inside a Stratocaster. I didn't
end up doing it, and in retrospect I'm glad I didn't.
- GRAPHTECH GHOST/HEXPANDER SYSTEM - STRATOCASTER INSTALLATION
[06/08/03] This documents my installation of Graphtech's 13-pin ("Roland-Ready")
piezo system in a Stratocaster.
- PART 1 Initial assessments and thoughts
- PART 2 The woodwork
- PART 3 Patching it up and the verdict
- PART 4 Addendum and final thoughts
- SHOEHORNING A STRAT
- PART 1 [09/16/03] Adding stompbox circuits
inside a Stratocaster, thus ensuring that you destroy the collector's
value of both the guitar and the precious stompbox.
- PART 2 [06/08/08] Folding a Boss SD-1 circuit
board, with a little bit of info about ProCo's Rat 2.
- PART 3 [01/23/11] Onboard Rat 2 in an Ibanez
RG2550Z "Super Strat".
- SCALLOPED NECK GUITARS
[05/24/08] The 2007 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Strat (Strat #7) sparks interest
in this oddball area of guitar mods. The article concludes with "Quickie
Homebrew Neck Scallop Job", using Strat #5 as the victim.
- SUSTAINIAC INSTALLATION IN AN IBANEZ
[01/15/11] Fry ma hide! My Ibanez S420 sustains for .416666 days without
- IBANEZ'S BLACKBOX SWITCHES - 3PS1CGAE5 (HSH) and 3PS1SC5 (HH)
[02/28/15] Reference (for me), so I can remember how the switches work.
- JONESIN' FOR A LESLIE: THE QUEST FOR THAT LESLIE GUITAR SOUND
- WAH WHA WAU BOW WOW YOY YOY
[07/17/12] Scored a Schaller wah wah pedal, which led to this lightweight
article about my small collection.
- MU-FX TRU-TRON 3X
[02/22/15] 21st century envelope filter stompbox; Another trip down
"My Les Paul sustains for days!"
That can be a problem when the song ends, or if you have a family
that needs sleep. The solution is simple: Mute the strings or turn
down the guitar's volume. If that doesn't do the trick, turn off
"My Les Paul makes an awful noise when I turn it up."
It's probably your playing. Stop playing, problem solved!