"Custom" Fender Stratocaster !
named it my "T J M")
is my "Custom" Fender Stratocaster. I designed this Fender
Stratocaster in November, 2005 and had it delivered to me in March, 2006. All
hardware is in GOLD.
CBS (69) MAPLE neck with large headstock and "curved 60's Fender Strat
logo", it also has the small 'Fender custom shop' logo on the
front and a larger one on the back of the headstock. The neck is Fender C
shape (very thin) using 6130 'medium jumbo' frets. These frets are wide but
low profile offering improved string bending, harmonics and sustain as well
as a lower action. The truss rod is top accessible fitted with the usual
Fender skunk stripe at the back of the neck.
is a "left handed neck" to be used right handed so the dots on the
side are on the right-players side, but the headstock of course is reversed.
It has an extra fret too, 22 frets (versus the normal 21). It is a 4
bolt neck plate with my initials in Fender font 'T J M" engraved, with
an engraved wreath around it.
machine heads are the older (more reliable) slotted Kluson in GOLD. The
single string retainer on the headstock, (butterfly) is also GOLD but the
roller type for improved tuning and sustain.
body (in Vintage White) is made of Mahogany and weighing over 6lbs (versus
the usual Fender Ash or Alder wood, weighing 3lbs), I asked for this because
I wanted more resonance/sustain. It is a comfort contoured the way the 62'
strat' was with slightly deeper routing for the electrics, all the routing
is covered in copper tape for noise/hum canceling.
bridge/tremolo system (right handed) is a 5 +1 hole vintage Fender
type in GOLD but is is designed by Trev Wilkinson (he was a consultant to
Fender on the Fender Tremelo systems throughout the years). Trev Wilkinson
licensed this Tremelo bridge to "Gotoh", and it offers incredible
tuning stability, more sustain with a lower profile, giving the ability for
me to rest my hand on the bridge. The saddles lock into place and the
intonation uses small black shrub scews. It has a gold tremelo arm that is
of the pop-in type, very useful and handy and far superior overall to
anything Fender uses on the typical strats. Incidentally, the tremelo
bridge, spaces the strings at the now popular and optimized 10.8mm spacing,
keeping both E strings inward on the neck and very handy to avoid the usual
and common Fender E string slippage when bending.
pick-guard, knobs, switch tips and back plate are in Mirrored GOLD.
tremolo springs are fitted with five of the extra heavy type.
nut is a Brass nut type (like Malmsteen's) for extra sustain.
POTS are 500K (versus normal Fender 250K) to get more punch from the pick
ups and improved tonality. Each control is a Volume control for each pick up
(no Tone controls) but can be intermixed to be placed out of phase on pick
up positions 2 & 4. I can turn pick ups on/off if I want with this
wiring system (like Van Halen does).
uses a CLA 5 way pick selector (the best there is) in GOLD as well as
the Jack receptacle.
pick ups are...
Seymour Duncan Humbucker Lil' 59, a HOT pick up that gives a cleaner
sound than most and nice with overdrive.
Seymour Duncan HOT RAILS Humbucker (this gives a classic Gibson SG sound)
is my favorite, a HOT Fender Lace Sensor RED, that is about as good as
a Fender strat can sound using this.
Pick ups are hum/noise canceling.
small details like locking strap nuts, all screws etc.. and of
course, are in GOLD.
about the best Fender strat I could possibly think of, using today's
technology but maintaining the best of all strat sounds and designs over the
years. The overall weight of this 'Custom Fender Strat' is a little over
10lbs, more than your normal Fender strat and heavier than most Gibson guitars
ask "How does it sound, does it play as well as it looks?".. the
answer is YES!!.. played acoustically it sounds much superior to that of
a normal Fender strat and when used through my amp and effects board, the
design ideas I used equaled what I wanted to achieve, which was basically a
Fender strat that was easier to play, to have more sustain, improved tonality,
better harmonics, and the extra fret. When using the tremelo arm (whammy bar),
it will stay in perfect tune.
exception of soldering the electrics and brass nut slotting/fitting (My guitar
tec did that), I put this entire custom Fender strat' together myself, screw
by screw and piece by piece.
four guitarist styles in mind when I designed this custom Fender strat', Jimi
Hendrix of course, Eric Clapton, Yngrie Malmsteen and Eddie Van Halen.
UPDATE 2008 ***
recently custominzed (2008) this same 'TJM' strat' to a replica of Eddie Van
do this I had a larger caivuty routed for the bridge pick-up and then, had it
re-wired with an SH12, Seymour Duncan, 'Screamin' Demon' (George Lynch) Bridge
pick-up wired as a humbucker.
cut the pickgaurd, and re-sprayed several times. Added some reflectors at the
back, reset the tremelo and then added heavier trem' springs. I had the frets
filed and the intonation set for a semi-tone down.
very nice to play!!
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