Re: strat happy
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These are some strats I built and are building. The black one is alder and the unfinished one is hard ash. They will both have identical parts and pu. What i wanted to do is create some sound clips to compare the alder to the hard ash. I'll try to finish the hard ash strat soon and attempt to make some sound clips to poste.
The Ed vh1 copy is swamp ash with a "air-zone" pu. -that guitar plays and sounds so damn good that i regret striping it up. Guess it will be a stay at home guitar.
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Nice guitars Strat78! [img]images/smilies/icon_cool.gif[/img]
The black w/ white pickguard looks very nice... but as you say the VH#1 style, swamp ash body sounds much better.
*IMO* and from my experience... alder is great for cleaner blues w/ either humbs or single coils... but it tends to mush out and loose definition with too much gain on the amp.
I haven't heard too many hard ash-bodied guitars with humbuckers, but I think hard ash is great for a late 70s-style Strat sound using single coils- it gets a really funky, "present" tone.