Red Strat v.2.0
|This is actually more like
version 4 or
5, but I haven't been documenting every single upgrade I've made to
guitar over the years with its own web page. This is probably my
most-experimented-upon instrument and it's also one of the ones I play
the most often. Those things aren't exclusive to one
The upgrades and fine-tuning have resulted in a guitar I really want to
play because it sounds, looks, and feels like I want it to.
The original version of this one
for neck and bridge pickups
the volume pot.
Function: I've run
across a number
of copies of David Gilmour's guitar (both the red and black Strats)
people have included the "neck-on" switch to get the Tele sound (and
three On" sound, incidentally). I honestly don't know if Dave has
ever added this or not. I think the simultaneous add-in switch is
more intuitive since it adds both the neck and bridge. You don't
even have to think about which pickup you've wired the switch to.
Function: I leave this
all the time. It's part of Dave's signature sound (even though he
already had that sound before this preamp was invented to give everyone
else the same tone). It's just a midrange booster.
in the spot for the middle pickup tone control
Function: I originally
had an EXG
"Expander" preamp in this spot, but I removed it at one point when I
trouble-shooting (Everything was dead, so I needed to simplify in order
to narrow down the problem; turned out to be a loose wire
Really though, I just hardly ever used this preamp, so it was just
up a slot that something else more useful might occupy. My first
thought was to simply add a varitone to the guitar since I had two
and nothing to cut the highs, but after testing some caps with my jazz
box, it occurred to me to simply add a conventional tone knob.
don't like a master tone control, but Strats are bright enough to
having one rather than just, say, a neck tone control.
New neck. I
the neck with one from a Japanese '57 reissue because I love the glossy
feel. This is essentially what David Gilmour's guitar neck is.
New tremolo. I replaced
original trem (which had very little movement for some reason) with one
from a Mexican-made Strat, which is what my black Strat is, and I like
that one a lot including the vintage look to it.
New pickguard screws.
lost just about every one of the originals over the years of working on
Various other new parts. So many
things have gotten swapped out between experiments and upgrades that I
can't list them all here.
See also the Evolution
of a Guitar article that chronicles the history of my work on this