GUITAR STUFF INDEX

Bastardcaster

 

 

  • 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
    • 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. (stolen)
    • 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 winter.
    • 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 me
    • PART 1 What it is
    • PART 2 Exploring the circuitry
    • PART 3 Desecrating the circuitry (revisited 06/14/15)
  • 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 Revolution machineheads.
  • 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".
  • RICKENBACKERS
    [06/10/12] Rickenbacker 330/6 and 381/12: Pricey indulgences, but beautiful and interesting additions to the arsenal. Definitely unlike butchered Strats!

  • 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 S-SERIES GUITAR
    [01/15/11] Fry ma hide! My Ibanez S420 sustains for .416666 days without an amp.

  • 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 nostalgia lane.


    Gibson Les Paul

"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 the amp.

"My Les Paul makes an awful noise when I turn it up."

It's probably your playing. Stop playing, problem solved!