Filtertron in a Stratocaster- I think I'm in love!

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  1. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Electromatic

    96
    Jan 2, 2018
    USA


    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/elect...es-flame-koa-top-stratocaster/0176503821.html
     
  2. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    847
    Feb 25, 2019
    USA
    I love my Gretsch guitars but my heart belongs to Fender.
     
  3. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    I have to admit the same issue. I love different guitars for the different look, the different tones, and the different feel of the guitar. In the end, though, a good Fender Strat has always be special to me.

    As to the Rarities Strat, I can sure appreciate what it can do, but I wouldn't see one in my future.
     
  4. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    847
    Feb 25, 2019
    USA
    The only true Fender I have is a 95 Tacocaster, however I adore my Squier 72 Thinline whatever it is as well as my beloved first 'real' electric guitar, an 88 Squier Tele. Back when I was younf I kind of Frrankensteined it with a Buller Strat neck and slapped an oddball humbucker in the neck position. Can't remember what I pulled the humbucker out of...some pawn shop special.
     
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  5. toddfan

    toddfan Synchromatic

    721
    Mar 12, 2012
    Kansas
    A part of me really, really wants one of those. My only beef with it is that I find it difficult to look at a Strat that doesn't have angled pickups. It just looks "off" when they are all "straight". But, maybe, just maybe, in this case I could overlook that flaw.

    :D
     
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  6. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    this is #gretschmafia approved :)
     
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  7. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Electromatic

    96
    Jan 2, 2018
    USA
    Lol
     
  8. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I want a strat with hilos or dynas or t armonds and a Bigsby!
     
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  9. Archangelmm

    Archangelmm Electromatic

    14
    Nov 9, 2015
    Valrico, Florida
    Awesome, now I want one, might have to drop these pickups into my next build.
     
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  10. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    ok.. I'm dumping my Suhrv60s for Filters
     
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  11. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    I've been a fan since this guy was a young scrapper playing at Anaheim Vineyard Church in Orange County, CA w his Brothers. Who also owned the Costa Mesa Mesa Boogie store in the mid 90s and sold me my first Mesa Tremoverb. :) They also were buddies w STP, one of my fav bands. Here's shawn and lonnie (percussion) sitting in w them back w Stone Temple Pilots unplugged on MTV.
     
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  12. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I think I saw somewhere that Mr. TV Jones’ favorite guitar is his strat with Filtertrons.
    I could be mistaken.

    I’d love to try one someday.
     
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  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Too cool, STP were my fav grunge band! I might even have "discovered" Shawn through you, not sure...The last few years he has turned in to one of my Youtube favourites. While obviously a capable player he has a nerdy awkwardness which I find quite endearing.
     
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  14. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    722
    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I played that model in TrueTone last Saturday. It's pretty darn nice. It did, however, remind me why I don't play Strats anymore. I kept bumping the pickup switch and volume knob. But other than that, really, really nice.
     
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  15. DHart

    DHart Gretschie

    415
    Jun 26, 2019
    Arizona
    I'm all OVER this idea. :) Love it!

    But, don't pay Fender for a Filter-Strat... save your money and make your own! ;)

    I love to mod my guitars - and really LOVE the sound of Filters, Hilo's, T-As in different guitars, Gibsons, Epiphones, Fenders! Woo Hoo!

    First, I put TV-HTs in my Gibson ES-339. Fantastic result - amazing tones.

    THEN, HS Filters went into my D'Angelico hollow body.

    Then I moved those HS Filters to an ES-Les Paul... and put T-Armonds in the D'Angelico!

    I must say that I'm just CRAZY about the tones of the Filters with 1M pots in my ES-Les Paul. I cannot STOP reaching for this particular guitar - among a lot of other very nice options. I hit a real winning combination with this guitar. And, it was NOT expensive!
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    Now, I have a Gretsch Hilo'tron neck pickup inbound from Rocky at StreetSounds which is going in the neck position of one of my Teles.

    Only a matter of time until one of my Strats gets a TV Classic or Hilo'tron or Filter'tron in one or more positions. Fantastic idea.

    I'm the kind of guy who would put THREE Tele bridge pickups in one of my Strats! Yes, you read that right. Sounds great, too!

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    Kind of following up on my customized "Triple Tele"

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    Did I mention, I love exploring various tone pallets, modding guitars with various kinds of pickups? It is a sickness of mine, I guess. :rolleyes:
     
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  16. DHart

    DHart Gretschie

    415
    Jun 26, 2019
    Arizona
    TV Classic sounds great in the bridge position of that Strat. (Strat bridge pickup is arguably the weak spot on many Strats.) I've tried a variety of PAF-style humbuckers in the bridge positions of some of my Strats and never quite "loved" the result. I think a Filter in that spot IS the "hot ticket" on a Strat.

    And, I think a TV Classic, Hilotron, or Filtertron in the neck position of a Strat or Tele would sound awesome, as well - with a 1M pot to keep the highs flowing freely!

    I will be testing a Hilotron in the neck of a Tele SOON!
     
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  17. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
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  18. Dennison

    Dennison Country Gent

    Jul 17, 2011
    Kent, UK
    I've posted this pic before but thought I'd join in anyway. These aren't pukka Gretsch pickups but this isn't a Gretsch guitar either and this was just a fun project that could be reversed by refitting the original pickguard assembly in a few minutes.
    However, this has now become one of my go-to gigging guitars -- I'll take this and one other, probably a Tele or a Gretsch.
    20170220_150254.jpg
     
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  19. Dennison

    Dennison Country Gent

    Jul 17, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Same guitar, different (earlier) project. The mini switch taps the humbucker.
    20170201_140459.jpg
     
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