I am nearing the end of the beginning of my first project guitar, featuring Seymour Duncan pickups, of course. While I have committed to the baseline design, I am not ruling out future alterations.
After nearly two decades with my Gibson Howard Roberts semi-hollowbody, and more recently an import 335-clone, I decided to build something that could be readily tweaked. My body choice was influenced by Steve Morse's original Tele, however I elected the Thinline style for weight reduction and responsiveness. The body features a brilliant quilted maple top over a one-piece mahogany back, while the neck is a quartersawn maple 22-fret Strat neck in a 12" radius with a walnut skunk stripe and a hand-rubbed tung oil finish. Both are from Musikraft. Since these were eBay purchases, and not a special orders, I routed the middle pickup cavity myself.
Speaking of pickups, here are the selections that I've installed:
- Neck: (H) Vintage Stack (STK-T1n)
- Middle: (S) Quarter Pound Staggered (SSL-7)
- Bridge: (H) Little '59 (ST59-1b)
I have a Fender rotary 5-way selector and a pair of 500K push-pull no-name pots. (I would welcome advice regarding where to locate CTS brand 500K push-pull pots.) I will soon be soldering the connections for the following six combinations:
- neck humbucker
- neck split + middle humbucking combo
- neck split + bridge split humbucking combo
- bridge split + middle humbucking combo
- bridge humbucker
- (pull vol) middle single coil only
I have some concern about how the single coil will sound through the 500K no-name pots (vice 250K units). I would welcome any recommendations for that portion of the signal path.
I have a Big-D varitone shipping presently for hole#3 on the control plate. I have contemplated other varitones, but couldn't decide. So I've taken a gamble with this one, and may test others in the near future. (As above, I'd welcome any recommendations for suppliers offering CTS brand rotary switches, in the event that I create my own.)
This has been an un-rushed DIY project to date, but now I am getting antsy to wrap it up and start playing it! 8^) I will look forward to reporting on the progress and the resulting tone for the finished product. (At the other end of the wire awaits a Mesa Boogie Mk.IV with an additional Thiele cab.)