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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Custom Shop Strat Help


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Joseph Larson
Mar 23rd, 2018 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am in the process of specing out my Strat for the custom shop. I need some help with material selection. What i am ultimately after is a Strat with a velvety smooth tone, think Frank Sinatra's voice. any help would be appreciated

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Mar 23rd, 2018 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmm...that is more a function of technique and the amp than it is of the guitar.

I know it's not the answer you're looking for, but there ya go.

"Smooth" is a relative term, but you may want to consider humbucking pickups, both for quiet operation and a more mid-forward tonal center.

The most important thing when ordering a custom guitar is to be 100% certain about the scale length, neck profile, fret size, color, and weight that you like best. Those items are difficult or expensive to change later.

...aaand welcome to the FDP!

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 05:00 PM, Mar 23rd, 2018)

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in the Brassicas
Mar 23rd, 2018 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've recently become a big fan of Amalfitano SP's. They are a fuller, hotter strat pickup which give a big smooth sound which is never soft or lacking in definition. They don't go scratchy or edgy like a lot of other hotter pickups, or do 'that' Texas Special-type sound like all the youtube videos of people trying to sound like Stevie Ray.

I don't play with a very hard pick attack or use a lot of gain or overdrive. I have used CS54's for years and loved them, but the Amalfitano's just have more of everything, and their overall beef and smoothness make up for me not hitting the strings very hard (or very well, I think.) I've A/B'd them up against my CS54's, Bare Knuckle Irish Tours,(very close but I could still tell them apart- my mate made me do a blindfold test!) and a boutique hot 60's style pup from the Canadian Pickup Wizard outfit, all great pickups in their own right. But for me they beat them all for being full without being too heavy on the bottom end, or too hot with that typical upper mid boost. And now I just have to be able to afford to buy some, because they ain't cheap.

This chap on youtube demos them through a Dumble ODS clone with a little drive, and clean in another vid. The clean vid doesn't quite capture them for me, I think his action is a bit low, or he's hitting the strings very hard. But this one isn't too overdriven and you certainly get a sense of the 'smooth' in most of it.


(This message was last edited by vomer at 05:35 PM, Mar 23rd, 2018)


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Joseph Larson
Mar 26th, 2018 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I checked out the Amalfitano vids, I definitely like them. I think I will be dropping a set of these in my american standard. Thanks for the tip vomer.

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in the Brassicas
Mar 26th, 2018 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Glad you like them. I've had my mate's set here in the house several times now in two different strats, (rosewood & maple!) so I'm quite familiar with them, and confident in recommending them. And in shelling out 300 bucks for some myself :-)

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