New Strat Parts help!

Jared

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I'm going to buy a Stat style body from Warmoth and I have some questions about it.

Do you guys prefer S,S,S or S,S,H style for pickups.
I'm a beginner so I don't know much about sound. Also for the neck,would you get the fatback contour,boat contour,or the slim contour.
 

Mor Paul

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Have any favorite artists?

And for the neck contours, there's certain guitars that you can try out at guitar center that have similar contours. I don't know which exactly.
 

jimh

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I've got a fatback on a Strat, which I love.  But be prepared.  It's like hanging on to the wrong end of a baseball bat.  It's very fat, and I cant think of any 'production' guitars which come close.

My next build will probably be a roundback.

Havent tried the boat, but the standard slim will probably be close to any other modern standard Fender strat out out there.
 

GoDrex

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when it comes to the pickups - you have to think about what kind of music you want to play. If you want to play heavier stuff, consider going with the HSS config. I used to have my strat set up as HSS and it was cool, but I recently switched to SSS. I like the sound of the single coils and since I already have two other guitars with humbuckers, I like having it be different. I think the HSS setup will be more versitile for hard rock and metal, while still being able to get some nice single coil tones. It really just depends on the kinds of sounds you want.
 

Jared

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I like rock mostly. I like heavy metal and hard rock too though. I think I should go with SSS then. The reason I was asking about the neck contours is because I found some Warmoth necks that look really nice but the coolest one has a fatback neck. It wasn't too expensive either. :guitarplayer2:
 

Mor Paul

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Heavy metal and hard rock is generally a humbucker's doing. Sounds like you might want to reconsider HSS.
Which necks were you looking at?

Have any favorite bands?
 

blue313

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I agree with everything here so far,  +1 to HSS for a first guitar and a standard thin neck.

Its very versatile and with a bridge humbucker you can "split" or "coil tap" it to get a single coil sound like GD was saying.
 

nathan a

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My two cents: SSH looks silly and cheap. Personally, I would use a single-sized humbucker, like the Duncan JB Jr.
 

Jared

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I like AC/DC,some Nickelback,Ozzie Osbourne,Linkin Park,and some others. Here's the necks I was looking at.

http://warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_necks.cfm?itemNumber=SN4334&type=guitar

http://warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_necks.cfm?itemNumber=SN4376&type=guitar

http://warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_necks.cfm?type=guitar&start=1&menuItem=1&itemNumber=SN5545&subMenuItem=0&subMenuItem2=0&neckWood_filter=16

http://warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_necks.cfm?type=guitar&start=1&menuItem=1&itemNumber=SN4715&subMenuItem=0&subMenuItem2=0&neckWood_filter=16

http://warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_necks.cfm?type=guitar&start=1&menuItem=1&itemNumber=SN4723&subMenuItem=0&subMenuItem2=0&neckWood_filter=16
 

Mor Paul

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As far as ACDC and Ozzy go, a bridge humbucker would be right.
I think http://warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_necks.cfm?itemNumber=SN4334&type=guitar is a good choice. Already finished, cheap, standard thin, and I like pau ferro.

I think (feel free to correct me, anyone) that mahogany or korina would be a good wood for the body.

You've said you want flame maple. What kind of dye/burst do you want on that? Tobacco burst would look good with Black Korina, I think, and it will look good with the maple too.
It should also lend itself well to the neck, I think.
 

dbw

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Yep, I agree with Max... buy this one:

http://warmoth.com/showcase/sc_guitar_necks.cfm?type=guitar&start=1&menuItem=1&itemNumber=VMS1931&subMenuItem=2&subMenuItem2=0

And you should definitely get HSS or HSH or even just HH.  If you like AC DC then you like HUMBUCKERS!
 

Jared

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I think I'll get that neck Max. Now for tuners. It says it's drilled for the vintage could I use the first 2 or do I have use the 3rd one.

 

Jared

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Ok,I'm going with S,S,H. What would you use for pickups? What brand? Where would you suggest to get them from? What about the tremolo too. Floyd Rose?
 

Wana_make_a_guitar

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Jared said:
Ok,I'm going with S,S,H. What would you use for pickups? What brand? Where would you suggest to get them from? What about the tremolo too. Floyd Rose?
If you're doing Metal stuff, Floyd is the way to go! I suggest you look at the youtube videos on how to set up, intonate and modify the floyd rose, Save yourself some $$$ for better pickups.
 

GoDrex

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as a beginner, I would suggest not getting a Floyd Rose or a trem of any kind. A hardtail or Tune-o-matic bridge will be FAR less frustrating to deal with - as far as tuning, intonation and general action/setup issue go.

I also think that, honestly, if your a total noob at guitar, you should probably wait on Warmoth, before you drop a lot of cash on a guitar. You'd probably be better off getting something less expensive and learning to play on that. The reason most people get Warmoth stuff is they want to be able to make a guitar that they can't really find anywhere else. You don't even know what you want yet. You'd probably be better off going to a music store and trying out a bunch of guitars and seeing what feels and looks good to you.

as for you questions - - when it comes to pickups, everyone has opinions. again, it really depends on the sound you're going for. a lot also depends on your amp. I don't think you can go too far wrong with any kind of pickup - -but if you're picky about tone then you're got to do some research and find out what different characteristic different type of pickups have. You could probably get some decent GFS pickups for cheap.

as for a pickguard - just get whatever kind you want...
 

Tempest

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GoDrex said:
as a beginner, I would suggest not getting a Floyd Rose or a trem of any kind. A hardtail or Tune-o-matic bridge will be FAR less frustrating to deal with - as far as tuning, intonation and general action/setup issue go.

+1 to that.  Trems are overrated. 
 

DocNrock

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Tempest said:
GoDrex said:
as a beginner, I would suggest not getting a Floyd Rose or a trem of any kind. A hardtail or Tune-o-matic bridge will be FAR less frustrating to deal with - as far as tuning, intonation and general action/setup issue go.

+1 to that.  Trems are overrated. 

Unless you like to use them.  :laughing7:

Seriously, if the original poster is brand new to the guitar, there are some very nice MIJ guitars out there by various manufacturers that would fit the bill for learning, for far less than the cost of building a Warmoth.  From that guitar, you can formulate your own likes and dislikes, and be much more educated when you do decide to drop the coin for a custom axe.
 
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