After a long time away from it, I am playing my '76 Ash Strat again. I had it in storage for a couple of years because of a move. Since the move, I bought an American Series Ash Strat. So, I was comparing them. The '76 sounds very 'dead' compared to my Ash American Series Strat. I was wondering if the weight of the guitar would have anything to do with this? I weighed it today and it's a little over 10 pounds. My '75 is Ash and is a few pounds lighter-sounds killer. I even put the electronics from the new strat on the '76 to see if that was the deal...but it still doesn't come close to the newer axe.
It sounds so bad by comparison that I'm wondering if I need to change the bridge, or maybe even get a body custom made for it (it's a 3 bolt, so not too easy to find an American made replacement). I like the feel of the neck and would prefer to hold on to the guitar.