Guitar Players Center is now grooving to the many responses we got concerning the details of building a guitar. I think we got about 8-10 really helpful ideas and suggestions to help solve my pickup problem in particular. As grateful as I am for the suggestions, it just made things more confusing and fun. Now I can check out more equipment.

One response was as such:
“Hi Dan’
I also purchased Lindy Fralin Pickups for my other Strat and what a sound.
I had Texas Specials and liked the Fralins way better.
The Texas specials were pretty noisy.
If you ever have a chance check out the Lindy Fralins Blues Set.
I think you’ll be pretty amazed.

I also love the Eric Clapton TBX a lot.”

I asked “Taz” where he got them.
“Hi Dan’
I bought the Lindy Fralins Blues Set at Acme Guitar works.
It took me a long time to find something that I really liked so
I figured I’d share this with other musicians.
Ya never know.

Have a Great Christmas”
Taz

This may be coincidental, but Acme Guitar Works is in Vero Beach, Florida. I live in Fort Pierce, Florida. Vero Beach is only 15-20 miles north of Fort Pierce. I guess I have to take a trip to Vero soon and go through the goodies at Acme. So, I will report to you on AGW’s soon. I’ll see if Allan wants to go, like I’ll have to twist his arm!!

Actually there is a valid reason to make two guitar bodies, if you can afford it. Here they are:

Front routed body (Stock)

Front-Top routed body (Stock)

front-top route using the stock design of pickups for a Fender Stratocaster allows us to use the stock pick guard as Allan clearly states in his second comment: Danny, I think I also mentioned in an email, one nice thing about strat bodies is you can have several pickguards loaded with different pickups and change them out in minutes with minor soldering. It might require a swimming pool route in the body, but there’s nothing wrong with that either.
The single coil p-ups that WCR makes are called the SR’s. Didn’t see them on their website, but Jim Wagner is very easy to contact, though I think they are closed for the holidays.
Let’s see if this works…
Allan

Concerning the post on building a guitar. The other reason to make two bodies is more exotic and requires a different type of wood routing to fit the pickups to the guitar body. In this case using certain pickups require a rear route with a cavity in the back for the controls.

Rear route-1

Rear route-1

Rear-route-2

Rear-route-2


Strat with P-90's

Strat with P-90's

Finally here is shot of a pre-wired pickguard aasembly from Stewmac.com. You can try virtually any combo of pickups and even add an active eq circuit such as the EMG-SPC for a little more midrange. For me personally that is a favorite upgrade for a Strat.

Pre-wired pickguard assembly-Stew-Mac

Pre-wired pickguard assembly-Stew-Mac

I never know for sure if I’m making a lot of sense, but I will continue posting my thoughts as I get closer to purchasing the components. I’ll be looking for some good deals on this stuff and this is probably a good year and good time of year to look. If GPC finds any special deals I’ll pass them on. In the meantime, keep sending me your thoughts on this project. Enjoy.

One Response to More: Build a Guitar That Hits All The Right Notes

  1. well, I not fretting it any more, but I hope you aren’t stringing me along, Danny.
    :)

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