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Fender Frankenstrat

Fender Frankenstrat My Strat is built almost completely from US Fender parts.  The body is an alder Highway One in translucent blue.  You really can only see the wood grains at certain angles, but it’s a nice-looking body any way.  I have a black/grey pearloid pickguard with black plastic knobs and pickup covers.  The neck is a rosewood USA 60th Anniversary neck.  This neck feels a little wider than the average Strat neck, which makes it easy to improvise on.  It has a satin finish on the neck, so it never gets sticky.  The bridge is a vintage-style tremolo, but I put five springs in the back and screwed it all the way down.  I never use the trem, and I couldn’t find a hard-tail body for the project.  The pickups are two Fender Texas Specials in the neck and middle, and a Duncan JB Jr. in the bridge (single coil sized humbucker).  The first tone is wired to the neck and middle, and the second tone is wired to the bridge.  The tuners are non-locking Fender Schallers.  No tuning problems whatsoever.  I use a custom string gague (.011, .015, .018w, .026, .036, .052)
Action, Fit, & Finish:

I like to say that this guitar has fine American craftsmanship since it was assembled by my dad and me.  I will say that it took a bit of pro work to get this guitar just right.  I almost abandoned the project (playability just wasn’t there), but I finally got it to a guitar tech who wasn’t an idiot.  Now, this guitar is a dream.  Great feel. This neck feels a little wider than the average Strat neck, which makes it easy to improvise on.  It has a satin finish on the neck, so it never gets sticky.  Very comfortable neck – the USA 60th Anniversary Strats must be awesome!
Sound Quality:

This guitar sounds like a quality Strat should.  The bridge has a single coil-sized humbucker, so it’s hot but not quite as hot as a “fat” Strat.  The guitar has a somewhat darker Strat tone that many I have played, but that’s what I was going for.  I play through a modified Peavey Ranger 212, and a modified Fender Blues Jr.  Both are fantastic amps, and this Strat sings through them both.
Reliability/Durability:

It’s a Strat, so you know it’s tough.  No problems once the project was completed.