Here's a clip: The rhythm track and the first lead section were recorded on the Gibson Les Paul Classic. The second lead was recorded on the Fender '57 Reissue Strat. The amp was my Marshall JTM45 clone from MetroAmp.
Model: Fender 57 Reissue Stratocaster
Mfr Date: I built it in July/2003
Color: Body was originally 3-tone sunburst, I refinished it to Seafoam Green
Pickups: Fender Custom shop handwounds, usually referred to as "Abbys" because they were wound and signed by master pickup winder Abigail Ybarra at the Fender factory. This is set 37/300 and these pickups have brought upwards of $600. I got these for a song from my local dealer who had been sitting on them for 2 years. Their date is May 2000. As one guy in the Fender forum said, ".... you could wire these into a cigar box, string it up, and it would sound like a Strat!" I believe this to be true.
Neck/Body: Both are from the time when Fender was offering their "Genuine Replacement" parts. They're both '57 reissue components. I had the neck refretted with jumbo wire because I couldn't stand the vintage fretwire. Not so good for blues bends. I liked the sunburst finish OK, but it had some fisheye flaws in it and I wanted something different so I refinished it. It didn't come out that great, but the guitar started as kind of a relic anyway so it's OK. It looks pretty well beaten and ain't gonna win any beauty contests. Note that I've tinted the neck by doing the "Kiwi shoe polish" mod. This gives it a kind of a yellowed vintage look.
Hardware: Bridge & tuners are vintage style Strat replacement, actual Fender parts. Saddles are Graphtech String Saver.
Electrical: This guitar like most of my Strats uses a 250k ohm linear taper volume pot and (2) 250k ohm audio taper tone pots with a standard 5-way switch. Nothing too exotic here.
Neck Plate: The neck plate is a standard Strat neck plate that I had a friend of mine machine at his machine shop. Since there's no serial number or anything on any of the parts, I decided to make it my own, hence the "Bad Mojo" label.
Here's Fenders page on the American Vintage 57 Reissue
This page was last updated 02/15/10