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Finally in...NGD !

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  1. WellBurnTheSky

    WellBurnTheSky Well-Known Member

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    I've been planning on getting a SSS Strat for a while, following my rekindled love for John Norum's, Ritchie Blackmore's YJM's and David Gilmour's playing. But couldn't find anything in the Fender line-up that 100% fit the bill, and I'm not a fan of purchasing a guitar that's almost there but not quite and immediately tweak it.
    Plus I have a soft spot for Oly white/RW board Strats, because of Norum's main one, Gary Moore's one from Emerald Aisles, YJM's one on the Alcatrazz live and Blackmore's one from the Rainbow '77 concert. So, basically a rock/hard rock machine that's designed to scream when plugged into a Marshall with a pedal in-between.

    So...on the day I quit smoking (Feb. 11th), I ordered a custom body from MJT Aged Finishes. And started assembling parts while waiting for the body to be fabricated (by Wildwood) and finished.
    It took some patience (almost exactly 4 months from placing the order to the body shipping), as MJT is currently pretty swamped with orders, as are all small shops. Plus it got stuck in customs because of CITES (until I told them it was alder, which isn't restricted by CITES), so it took the parcel 48 hours to cross half the US of A and the Atlantic, and 6 days to cross France...yay.
    But it finally came in this morning, and I assembled the guitar in 3 to 4 hours.
    Pics don't really do it justice (and I suck at photography anyway), it's amazing.
    I added a Fender AO 60s neck, Gotoh locking/staggered tuners, Gotoh vintage trem, a set of DiMarzio FS-1s, 250k CTS pots (Mojotone vintage taper for volume, stock CTS neck tone, no load bridge tone) and Fender screws and plastics.

    I still need to tweak setup and let it settle a bit, but it already plays like butter and is pretty loud acoustically, initial sound tests in Bias 2 on my Mac sound very good too.
    Also, the vintage taper pot is a joy with a Fuzz Face, super progressive, really unlocks the pedal.

    Anyway, here it is:



     
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    Absolutely beautiful! Great scheme! Congrats!
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member

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    Really awesome looking and congrats!

    I am partial to the appearance of your guitar as you can tell…here is mine!

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    so, it came in parts/pieces?

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    HNGD!

    lol, I scrolled down to the images before I read the whole thing & popped the reply 1st... :facepalm:...
     
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    WellBurnTheSky Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, it is a partscaster, despite having a Fender neck. And thanks !

    Thanks ! And lovely guitar as well, indeed looks a lot like mine !

    Thanks ! I'm super happy with how it came out, and the more I play it, the happier I am. Also pretty impressed with how stable tuning is, considering it's a 6-screw trem. The locking tuners are definitely doing their job pretty well.
     
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    Dogs of Doom >>> Moderator <<< Staff Member

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    I never heard of MTJ before, how did you settle on them?
     
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    bais 2 is bad ass. HNGD
     
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    WellBurnTheSky Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Rick !

    Well, I read about them somewhere (might even be here, can't remember), saw some pics and was really impressed. Saw some more pics, checked out their website, then looked up feedback on various forums, was even more impressed.
    Then I talked about a couple luthiers and guys from shops who told me they'd been impressed by every MJT-finished parts they'd had in hands, which encouraged me further. One even told me he considers them on par with most Fender CS (team built at least) in quality. And the price was good, considering how much an EJ Strat (which was my target as for the level I was aiming for) is.
    I originally was going to grab one of the many bodies they put on Ebay every week, but lost a few auctions in a row and got frustrated, so I decided to custom order. Again, it took some time, but it definitely was worth it. And the guys I was in contact with were great, super happy with their customer support and how friendly and responsive they were.
    I honestly can't recommend them enough.
     
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    Dogs of Doom >>> Moderator <<< Staff Member

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    right on - just was curious, since I'm in the states & never heard of them (not that I know everything about who makes guitars anyway, though).

    Looks good!

    https://www.mjtagedfinishes.com
     
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    Very good I love it !
     
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    Hngd! Very classy look in Strat
     
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    Thanks guys ! Tbh seems like most people prefer a mint green guard in an olympic white Strat, but I don't (took me some time to make up my mind about plastic colors and versions, luckily my other Strat has a parchment pickguard so I had a point of reference).
     
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    that's my gripe w/ Fender...

    Even my white Strat, w/ it's coloring from UV light, it seems to be turning greenish. I hate those "aged" pickguards, etc., that they sell that are greenish...

    Typically things yellow, w/ an amber tint, not puke green...

    I've thought about buying a white pickguard & put it under a UV light for a while to see what effect it has. I want authentic (not to be confused w/ Gibson "authentic"™) aging, not some easily spotted fakery...
     
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    Seems like it varies quite a bit depending on production runs and the exact material used. I've researched this a bit when I was deciding on specs, and from what I read 60-62 pickguards tend to turn greenish, while later ones turned yellow. Norum's one (which is a 65) has remained white, as do the ones on the early 80s Fullerton reissues.
    The neck I went for is a '65 reissue anyways (it has the transition big logo on a small headstock), so I'm somewhat consistent.
     
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    Very beautiful :)
    About John Norum I asked him about pickups for a Stratocaster and he recommended Dimarzio Heavy Blues 2 plus he uses very dark setting on his amps.
    Hes also a very nice person.
     
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    Very cool ! He seems like a very nice guy indeed, and what a player !
     
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    Congrats! Very nice..:cheers:
     
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    Very cool man, congrats!
     
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    Thanks guys !
     
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    tce63 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    HNGD, Congrats
    Looks great
     

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