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Congrats!

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WTF, no report?
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I've been too busy playing my guitar to write about it. Nothing much else to say, it's beautiful and it plays correspondingly. I thought I'd have to bring it into my local guitar shop to get in set up, but it has a great action and has damn near perfect intonation. I do think I'm going to have to raise the pickups a bit though, they seem a bit low and all info I can find sounds like they should be a higher. Right now it sounds noticeably quieter than my Les Paul. Seems like an easy fix though.

Otherwise, yeah, I love it. I've wanted an American Strat since I first picked up a guitar way back when and I finally have one. It feels good, mang.
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congrats! yeah to raise the pickups i think you just take a screwdriver to the screws adjacent to the pups! easy peasey... i did it with my jag while it was plugged in, and you just do it to taste afaik. if the amp starts howling back em off.

 

that said, it should sound a little quieter than hum buckers... stacked double coil is gonna be higher output than single coil

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Right now it sounds noticeably quieter than my Les Paul.
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as it should be. single coils etc.
post #6111 of 6541
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How do you find the neck and action vs. the LP?
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I've been too busy playing my guitar to write about it. Nothing much else to say, it's beautiful and it plays correspondingly. I thought I'd have to bring it into my local guitar shop to get in set up, but it has a great action and has damn near perfect intonation. I do think I'm going to have to raise the pickups a bit though, they seem a bit low and all info I can find sounds like they should be a higher. Right now it sounds noticeably quieter than my Les Paul. Seems like an easy fix though.

Otherwise, yeah, I love it. I've wanted an American Strat since I first picked up a guitar way back when and I finally have one. It feels good, mang.

I'd be surprised if you get a preferable tone by putting them closer to the strings. I know different strokes, but I've found more favorable tone from all of my strats by backing the pickups down to almost-flush with the guard.

Like has been said, they'll be naturally quieter b/c of their nature. The only time I had single coils with comparable volume to humbuckers were the Fender Hot Noiseless pickups I had originally installed on my black strat. And those things just turned out to be basically a stacked singlecoil anyways.
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How do you find the neck and action vs. the LP?

The LP's neck is definitely thicker and has a more pronounced shoulder than the Strat. I have pretty big hands (L/XL) so I've always been fine with thicker necks. That being said, I really like Fender's Modern C shape and find it easy to play; it's one of those things where I don't even have to take it into consideration, so it must be working. The satin finish on the back makes it feel very fast, way more so than my LP.

The action on both is comparable, but the LP feels looser and slinkier due to it's shorter scale length. I do have both set up with .10's though. As far as fretboard radius (9.5" for the Strat, 12" for the LP I have), I haven't come to a decision on what I like more. There's a very subtle difference that I'm going to need more time on to fully consider.

Just quality and fit and finish wise, the Strat is much better than my LP. The Strat is quite literally flawless, I can't see a single defect no matter how minor. My LP is a Studio from the mid-90's though, so it's not exactly a fair comparison.

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that said, it should sound a little quieter than hum buckers... stacked double coil is gonna be higher output than single coil

I have my amp, a Vox AC4-12, set at around noon typically for "bedroom" levels on my LP. For a comparable volume I have to turn it up to about 3 o'clock for my Strat. Is that a normal volume difference?

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I'd be surprised if you get a preferable tone by putting them closer to the strings. I know different strokes, but I've found more favorable tone from all of my strats by backing the pickups down to almost-flush with the guard.

These are about flush with the pickguard at the moment. About a nickel's thickness above them on the low-E side. Tone wise, yeah, it's a monster right now. Just lovely Strat tones.
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Glad you're enjoying it so much.
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I have my amp, a Vox AC4-12, set at around noon typically for "bedroom" levels on my LP. For a comparable volume I have to turn it up to about 3 o'clock for my Strat. Is that a normal volume difference?

These are about flush with the pickguard at the moment. About a nickel's thickness above them on the low-E side. Tone wise, yeah, it's a monster right now. Just lovely Strat tones.

i agree with @El Argentino , comparable volume is sort of secondary to tone. your volume knobs will take care of the other thing.

 

when i was adjusting my jag, i definitely noticed a sweet spot. but if you're happy with how your strat sounds, then maybe it's at the right place?

 

heres a guide, seems like a nickel is just about right:

 

http://www2.fender.com/support/articles/stratocaster-setup-guide/

 

as far as the difference with your LP, i guess that sounds about right... typical fender single coils just don't "push around" the front end of an amp like hum buckers do (although maybe some of the other fender pups like Texas Special or something would be closer). i tend to notice this more with hairiness than raw volume. and in the 2nd and 4th switch positions, the strat pups are on together, but in parallel. so they more or less average output instead of stacking like humbuckers. also, i believe they're reverse wound so they should be quiet at idle in those positions. post a fit vid amigo!

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No video, lol8[1].gif. I just got back into the guitar this year after a long time off. I do have to say I've learned more this year from online resources than I ever did way back when from noodling and the tabs in the back of Guitar World.
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I bought a big box EHX Microsynth on eBay..... hmmmmm
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such a nice guitar solo on this track. Gonna try transcribe it.
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mostly untested, so a bit of a dice roll. but might be worthwhile:

 

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Fender-Pro-Junior-Type-PR-257-Amp-25371342.html

 

i had a blues jr that i wasn't real happy with... i think one of these might have been a better bet

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