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    Join Date: Sep 2016
    Location: Canada
    ME: PRS Holcomb
    MB: Fender Jazz
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    NGD- Fender HSS Strat

    Ive been hankering to do a Strat build for a while and this popped up for sale for dirt cheap so no better time than now I guess.



    It had obviously been sitting around for a while, the action was a mile high, and the saddle was starting to corrod. But other than that it's was in pretty good shape. I already replaced the saddle with some string saver blocks, and gave it a good cleaning, fret polishing and set up. And holy frigg this thing can play. I've never had a guitar that I was able to get the action this low without some sort of fret buzz. I currently have the bridge floating and it actually holds it tune fairly well when using the trem. Not so much if your dive bombing and squeeling.
    Anyway, my plan was to block the trem, and set it to drop C and do a 1 humbucker 1 volume. But it sounds so good clean that would be a waste, so now I'm thinking of doing a HS.
    I've got a Dimarzio crunch lab that's been waiting to go into a guitar. Now I need to find a single coil that would work well with it. Any suggestions?


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    Join Date: Sep 2016
    Location: Canada
    ME: PRS Holcomb
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    I swapped out the pickups. Now it's got a Dimarzio Crunch Lab and a Chopper in the neck. It sounds a whole lot meaner now. I'm really liking the sound of the chopper


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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Missed the thread the first time around, so belated happy NGD.

    Guitar looks great in both "liveries". Administer some Maiden on it at once!

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    Join Date: Sep 2016
    Location: Canada
    ME: PRS Holcomb
    MB: Fender Jazz
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    Oh yeah, I got it specifically to play 80's metal.




    I'm waiting on some black volume knobs to come in the mail. I had to order 6 just to get just 2 volumes. Anybody need 4 tone knobs? Lol

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    Join Date: Apr 2015
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    Excellent choice with the all black plastic shit and volume knob placement

    Nice!!!

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    That looks great! Black hardware would also make it look super metal.
    "How can less be more? It's impossible. More is more."
    -Yngwie J. Malmsteen

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    Join Date: Nov 2011
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    How is the Chopper on the neck? Like a normal Humbucker or more "singlecoilish"?

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    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
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    Looks great!

    How's it wired? You tried the Chopper in Parallel instead of series?

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