• 920D Custom Shop Clapton Mod Stratocaster

    0 comments / Posted by Sigler Music

       Our goal with this Stratocaster is to recreate the sound of the Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster, but with a more modern feel and affordable price. We start with a MIM Fender Standard Stratocaster. We upgrade the tuners to either Fender vintage style, vintage locking, or modern locking tuners. The pickguard assembly is replaced with our Clapton pickguard, with either Lace Sensor or Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups.

       Clapton used Lace from 1986-1999, and switched to the vintage noiseless in 2000. We use the same Fender TBX circuit for a master tone control, and the Fender 25db midrange boost kit for the bottom tone knob. This boost can really push the front of a tube amp into a thick overdrive tone. We keep the Fender vintage style bridge on most models, but tighten the trem claw all the way down to keep the bridge from moving.

       The battery to power the boost fits neatly underneath the pickguard, and only needs to be changed once a year or so. The main difference between the two guitars is the shape of the neck, the EC signature has a soft “v” shape neck, and ours has the standard “c” shape. I own and gig both guitars, and the sound is the same between the two guitars. If you want the Clapton strat sound and versatility for about half the price, this is the one for you.

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    As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

    Eric Mathews, 920D Custom Shop

    emathews@920dcustomshop.com
    800.281.6607

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  • Blender Pot vs. 7-Way Switching

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    Today I’m going to explain the difference between using a 920D Custom Shop wiring harness with a blender pot, and using a harness with 7-way switching.

    The 5-way is wired traditionally:

    • Bridge
    • Bridge and Middle
    • Middle
    • Middle and Neck
    • Neck

    With our 7-way option, we install either a mini-toggle switch or a push-pull pot that gives you two additional combinations. With the switch off you get the standard 5-way settings.

    With the switch on, you get:

    • Bridge and Neck
    • Bridge, Middle, and Neck
    • Middle and Neck
    • Middle and Neck
    • Neck

         Positions 3 through 5 are redundant, but you do achieve two new tonal options in the 1 and 2 positions. The bridge and neck at the same time gives you somewhat of a telecaster type tone. Using all three pickups at the same time is a smoother quack than the standard position 2. Think Robert Cray.

         A blender pot will achieve the same sound combinations as our 7-way switch. However, with a blender pot, you get to choose how much of the additional pickup signal gets blended in with the other pickups.

         Bridge pickup, with the ability to blend in the neck pickup Bridge and middle pickup, with the ability to blend in the neck pickup Middle pickup Middle and neck, with the ability to blend in the bridge pickup Neck pickup, with the ability to blend in the bridge pickup.

       The only difference in the way the two harnesses are wired is in the one control. On the 7-way, the first tone control will affect the neck and middle pickups. The second tone knob will control the bridge pickup. On the blender harness, there is a master tone control in the first tone position, and the blender is in the second tone position.

    Links for the harnesses are listed below.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

    Stratocaster 7-Way Wiring Harness

    Stratocaster Wiring Harness with Blender Pot

     

    Eric Mathews, 920D Custom Shop

    emathews@920dcustomshop.com
    800.281.6607

    920D Custom Shop Eric Mathews

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