Posted by All applicable Fender products are covered under warranty by The STRATosphere. Anyways, in summary the next 9 tips are secondary to good old fashioned elbow grease at the end of the day. Some folks love a gloss finish, while a growing number have moved to satin as it doesn't "stick" in humidity. I have no idea what years the parts are. In 1983, this was later changed to the current 1970s large headstock featuring "Squier" in larger script, followed by "by Fender" in smaller script. Some in the industry believe that installing a base plate under the bridge pickup thickens the tone, something a little closer towards a Telecaster sound but without as much twang. The logo on the peghead is the thin letters with two sets of patent numbers. There are many different types of replacement parts available on the market these days. Some players removed the backplate covering the bridge to remove two of the springs and adjust the claw screws to allow the bridge to 'float,' with the pull of the strings in one direction countering the pull of the springs in the opposite direction. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Get the best cultural and educational resources on the web curated for you in a daily email. How awful is it to play an E chord in perfect tune only to fret a sour sounding chord further up the register? Fortunately, the modern models come stock with this feature. The early Strats did not have it. Common modifications are more stable tuners, larger potentiometers, better capacitors, and pickups. can also play a role in changing the sound of your instrument. The body is a dark colored blue and on the insid of the body is written “1968 TG”, the pickups are an off white color compared to the bright white volume/tone knobs. Still not satisfied? If you are constantly going out of tune (many other solutions to this problem by the way), not happy with sustain or don't ever use the tremolo this is a good call. Ash is an excellent choice for those desiring a brighter sound. It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance. The Stratocaster features three single coil pickups, with the output originally selected by a 3-way switch. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Originally in 1982, the headstock had a "Fender" name written in large script, followed by "Squier series" in smaller script. I have been doing some research about making points. The neck is maple and on the butt end is written in pencel “12/57 TG”. Starting in 1954, the Stratocaster was offered with a solid, deeply contoured ash body, a 21-fret one-piece maple neck with black dot inlays, and Kluson tuning heads. ©2006-2020 Open Culture, LLC. Compound radius fretboard 9.5” at the nut and 14” down the bottom. Back in 1995 I traded for an old Fender Strat which has been pieced together. These three guitars formed an important part of the American Vintage Series line since July 10, 1998. Hi. I found a lot of useful tips on doing so. Brad Gillis used a metal pick back in the 80s for more bite on his Super Strat- it is technically another point of contact so it deserves mention. It is never a one size fits all type of answer. On the flip side, if your neck position is a bit too boomy/muddy, try lowering it a tad until you dial in an EQ curve that is more consistent with the other 2. 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If you are inexperienced this is a task best suited for a tech. Age: 24 Messages: 138. The Stratocaster is a versatile guitar, usable for most styles of music and has been used in many genres, including country, rock, pop, folk, soul, rhythm and blues, blues, jazz, punk, and heavy metal. In this floating position, players could move the bridge-mounted tremolo arm up or down to modulate the pitch of the notes being played. Try to bundle that with any other modifications discussed in this article to get the biggest bang for your buck. They decided to manufacture two Vintage reissue Stratocaster models, the one-piece maple neck 1957 and a rosewood-fretboard 1962 along with the maple-neck 1952 Telecaster, the maple-neck 1957 and rosewood-fretboard 1962 Precision Basses, as well as the rosewood-fretboard "stacked knob" 1962 Jazz Bass. Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email. Interesting how much hand work still done. The feedback again here is that graphite may reduce "bite", but that is still open to debate. I'd probably reuse the 57 for the bridge and then the ssl-1 for the middle. Open Culture (openculture.com) and our trusted partners use technology such as cookies on our website to personalise ads, support social media features, and analyze our traffic. However there is another stamp on the neck which says 2010. Put the two videos side by side, and you can see how much times have … or haven’t … changed.