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    Hey guys. Been working on my Strat. It was a Mexican HSS Road Worn from 2012, I believe. Tex specials in neck and middle and pearly gates humbucker in the bridge. I had a problem with the neck, and so I bought one from Warmoth and I'm very happy with it. I ended up investing in (black) locking tuners too!

    I'm thinking about changing out the neck pickup. I think it has decent tone, but I feel like there's much better out there. I want a really juicy Strat sound. Recommendations?

    I am a fan of relics and The road Worn is the most disappointing relics I've seen (all the road worn's are the same...). I just want to do something so (knowledgeable Fender and Strat) people don't recognize it for being the Road Worn Strat, even though they may have a sneaking suspicion. If I sand down some area's to the bare alder, do I need to refinish it?

    I love talking about guitars, and I love learning more. Please share your knowledge!!


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    I'm 21 years old. Been playing for 7 years or so now. This is my first project really. I have an emotional connection to the guitar because my grandfather bought it for me and therefore will never probably sell it.


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    I've used Warmoth before - really great choices of wood, for sure. I subsequently switched to USACG and have not regretted it, although Tommy is pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to woods. What is your neck made of? Is it a compound radius? Fret size?

    I'm sure you'll get a wide range of responses to your pickup question, and let me assure you, they will all be valid. This could go a few different ways. If you don't care about hum canceling, the Suhr range (V70, ML and others) could be great candidates. Since you have an SD in the bridge, you may want to check out the SD Alnico II - they're very sweet, vintage sounding pickups (read, not very hot!). On the other hand, if you care about hum canceling, like I do, you might want to check into Kinmans or Andersons (although the Andersons will give you a slightly different tone, since they're stacked humbuckers in reality). My personal favorite hum canceling pickups are Zexcoils and I switched both my Strat style USACGs to them, and never regretted it.

    Part of the equation is how "vintage" you want them to sound, as opposed to just sounding great. Seems to me, you're not a purist given your neck choice, so perhaps a foray into hum canceling single coils may be in order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Srini View Post

    Part of the equation is how "vintage" you want them to sound, as opposed to just sounding great. Seems to me, you're not a purist given your neck choice, so perhaps a foray into hum canceling single coils may be in order.

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    Figured ziricote fretboard, qurtersawn goncalo alves neck. Everything is standard modern specs except wood and stainless steel 6105 frets.

    I haven't ever had a vintage or purist Strat to start with. I have one that has noiseless pickups and then this HSS. But I do love creamy sounding single coil on the neck of Strats or Teles.

    If the band I'm playing for now picks up or I get in another, I'll probably invest in something Vintage style. I haven't gotten a chance to ever play a custom shop so I'd love to compare an American and a custom shop.

    Thanks for the response!


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    Nate, the relic looks come from hard use, so just play it like a maniac. That has always worked for me! The Warmoth neck looks great on there, and the black tuners go nicely with the rest of the guitar, well done.

    We could go on and on for days (and have) concerning pickups, so just do some searching on this site for that topic. Each of us have favorites, my particular fave is Kinman. I've been playing them for years and loving every tone they produce.
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