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Jeffty



Austin TX USA

Gain is my co-pilot...
Dec 18th, 2016 01:53 PM        

I was given a MIM Standard Stratocaster from the mid-90's in new condition however it doesn't compare in timbre and tone to other Teles and Strats I own - It sounds kind of cool and sterile. Is this common for these models from this time? I suspect they are ceramic magnet pups, I'm not sure exactly how that affects the timbre. <br /> <br /> Anyone with more experience help me understand what's up with this otherwise fine guitar? Thanks.



Modal Magic

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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jan 29th, 2017 12:34 AM        

I had a similar problem with a '96 MIM Standard. Changed the pups to '57/62s, sounded different but still lifeless. Did a good set-up, made no difference. Changed the neck with another MIM Standard neck, improved it a bit but still not that good. I eventually fitted a Classic '50s neck and the guitar suddenly came alive. Everything improved, more resonant, touch sensitive and lively. The pups must've loved it 'cause hey sounded awesome. I never did put the OEM ceramics back in though. I've had a number of MIM Standards fitted with the ceramic pups and the above mentioned guitar is the only one that sounded flat and lifeless.



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