Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hand-made Fender Super Strat

Hand-made Fender Super Strat

Yes, I’ve always wanted a Super Strat. They went out of production. One time I’m shopping Ebay and see Super Strat pickups. Won them for like $150. Then I found a Johnson maple neck, about $75. Got a gold bridge, push-pull pot. Took it to Guitar Electronics to wire (let the experts handle it) and I have a Super Strat for half of what they listed for. If you can find one used, you’re lucky. I had to build mine – but it is USA made, so it should be worth those expensive custom shop prices. Don’t be deceived. Many list “super strat” but it doesn’t have the pickups or push to get the bridge and neck pickups working together. Someone told me this gives a tele sound, not on mine. I leave all 3 pickups on. Sounds great that way.

" Fender Deluxe Super Strat® Review

The Deluxe Super Start has the classic Stratocaster body and plays much like the Standard Stratocaster, but there are some distinctions with this model. The first is the Super Fat "Super" Strat single coil pickups. The tones from these are pure blues and jazz. I don't think I would recommend this for heavy metal guitar playing, but it works great for blues. It really has some beautiful tones.

The other distinction is the 2 extra tones with this model. The Deluxe Super Strat comes with the traditional 5-way pick-up switch.

1. Bridge Pickup
2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
3. Middle Pickup
4. Middle and Neck Pickups
5. Neck Pickup

What is unique are the 2 extra pickup combinations that are activated when the button on the pickguard is pressed.

When the switch is in the 5 position and the button on the fretboard is pressed, the Bridge and Neck pickups are activated. In this position, you can attain the distinctive tone of the Fender Telecaster.

When the switch is in the 4 position and the button on the fretboard is pressed, all the pickups (Middle, Neck and Bridge) are activated.

This is a Mexican made guitar, which means its cheaper than the American models, yet with nearly the same quality (as far as I can tell). Priced around $500.00, which is an unbeatable price for this type of guitar. Very light and easy to play, stays in tune very well. I would definitely recommend this guitar for blues players at any level. "

From Guitar MX

Epiphone Black Beauty

Epiphone Black Beauty

Okay, you can tell by the looks, this is my favorite guitar. Three pickups. Set Neck!!!! (lots of sustain).Sells for like $600, without case. Sure it was made in Korea. I’m suppose to pay $5G for a “made in USA” tag on a Gibson? Check this link and tell me why I should fork over $4,100 more just for the name Gibson. Same guitar: