Well, here’s a recipe for a Strat that will ‘sing’… Easy MIM Strat Mods.
First: start with a Strat bought from ‘Best Buy’. That’s right the Best Buy Electronics Store.
A buddy bought a Strat from a Best Buy, obviously made in Mexico, but had a great fretboard and body to begin with.
Second: Some great pickups from Klein Pickups.
Fifth: Sucker a friend (yours truly) to put all of these into your Best Buy Strat. Best buy sold guitars for awhile and had some killer deals when they needed to rid themselves of their stock. Their loss in business was our gain as players.
Sixth: Make sure you have the Stock Strat Wiring Diagram from Fender.com
Seventh: Behold the absolute transformation of a Strat that can and will rival the tone of any Boutique Strat.
A Side Note: I did this whole process to my Strat on the other side of the ocean, except for the 1959 Klein Pickups. After playing my friend’s start, I drank the Klein kool-aid…again!
Don’t forget to intonate and set the radius of your saddles!!!! The radius was set like someone set a straight edge across the strings. There should be a curve to follow the fretboard relief.
The pickups must be adjusted as well! With the help of a friend and a phillips screwdriver, a great tone can certainly be found by two pairs of ears listening for the sweet spot as the other person plays the axe.
My friends are great people, I’m just glad they trusted me with this! This guitar sung deeper and more clearly than my American Standard Strat, which made me happy and confused all at once!