One of the best gear acquisitions of my entire life. It cost £89 British Pounds new back in 2019 and has performed countless gigs to this day. It is one of my regular live-performing stage guitars because it's just so easy to play.
It is very lightweight, it's a hardtail, it has a 3-way switch and an unconventional wiring scheme. Optimised for the stage. It is designed to provide the most effective and useful tonal options on stage at the flick of a switch.
I've experimented with wiring for the stage with this guitar as the main guinea pig and thie current wiring scheme seems to be the most useful so far.
It's wired as follows: A master volume, a volume for the neck pickup and a tone control for the bridge pickup.
This way I can roll the volume back on the neck pickup a little to clean up the tone when needed. I play mostly on the bridge pickup all the time, but I can easily throw the switch to the neck position without looking down and there are my most-used settings. The middle is not used that much, but it's an alternative rhythm tone with more treble and more hair than the neck pickup.
The tone control for the bridge is for balancing between that and the neck pickup. With the neck pickup being loaded down by two volume controls and rolling it's volume down, it can get a bit dark-sounding. I can then dial in the amp and pedals to make it brighter and less muddy. That is why I left the tone control off the neck pickup. Then I can roll off the tone on the bridge pickup if that is then too bright with the way the amp is set up.
As a performance guitar it just delivers the goods. The pickups are alnico 5. Two no-name cheapos from Ebay and the bridge pickup is a "Big Texan" by Warman (another affordable, but not a cheapo from Ebay). The Big Texan is about 12k ohms and while that may sound like it's a fat, hot pickup. It isn't really, but it does push the amp nicely. I don't really like overwound pickups much as they get really muddy and honky (like Texas Specials... I can't stand those things). This one doesn't seem to do that, even though it is obviously an overwound Strat pickup.
I have posted videos on this guitar before with various different wiring schemes. It started off as white, but I refinished it with a rattle can colour that is a designated Honda colour called Jerez Blue. It's the closest thing I found to an aged Lake Placid Blue, which is one of my favourite guitar custom colours.
The tuners & the bridge have been upgraded too. The only parts left on this guitar that came with this guitar are the body and neck.
This is a working musicians dream guitar; Cost almost nothing to buy, cost barely the same again to totally upgrade everything that matters and still paid for itself after its first gig. It continues to deliver!
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