Perfect for Mod Project
Is it a Strat? Or is it a Tele? Actually, it's a little bit of both. It has a Tele-style neck, although the headstock shows no model designation. The body is more Strat-shaped, and neither pup is Tele-ish, but it has a Tele type control plate reminiscent of a Tele bass. It plays like a Tele but doesn't sound like one. The stock neck is cheap and chunky, and the pups just beg for replacement. The stock tuning keys are the newer two-pin type, so they will drop right into a new MiM Tele replacement neck; if you decide to go with a vintage-style neck, you will have to buy a set of vintage tuners and drill the screw holes. I started out replacing the pups with a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbucker and a quarter pound Strat middle pup. They went in with no problem, but the PG overpowered the quarter pounder badly, so I went with a Lil 59 humbucker for Strat, which fit into the Strat single coil space perfectly. One other mod I made was to drill pup mounting screw holes in the pickguard for the Lil 59. It negates removing the pickgaurd every time I want to adjust the pickup. I resisted my penchant for black hardware; this baby looks terrific with chrome. She plays like a dream, and the SD pups make her scream like she otta.