4 Fun Facts About The Fender Stratocaster

Continuing the Fun Facts Series, I thought this would be fun…

  1. Fender’s Hard Times

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From 1983 to 1985, Fender had to cut back on cost for producing their guitars. They achieved this by removing a tone knob from the standard Stratocaster layout and replace it with a jack input. How removing a tone knob saved them enough money to be commercially viable again I do not know, but hey!, Fender still exists, so it worked.

2. Useless Parts

The first Strats had a chrome cover over the tremolo unit, similar to an ashtray Telecaster cover. The only purpose I can see for this is that it would prevent players from scraping their hands on the string saddles. Unlike the Telecaster cover, which was mean to increase the magnetic field of the pickup, the Strat’s tremolo cover did not go over any pickups and therefore could not increase their magnetic field.

3. Country Influences

The Fender Stratocaster was originally made for country music. Its single coil pickups provided a “twangy” sound that was more mellow than that of a Telecaster, but not as fat and dark as a humbucker. Also, Bill Carson, a well known country guitar player, was crucial in the design of the Stratocaster. (Image to the right is Bill Carson’s Stratocaster)

4. No. 1 Strat

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An oddity among Fenders, a blonde Strat, owned by David Gilmour, is engraved with the serial number “0001.” According to “The Ultimate Guitar Book” by Tony Bacon, it is not the first Stratocaster ever made.

5. My guitar

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A modified cherry burst Squier standard Strat appears in plenty of videos on my Youtube channel, and was in my first ever guitar-related video. A “Jay Turser” Stratocaster copy was my first guitar, so Stratocasters are very special to me.

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4 Fun Facts About Gibson Guitars

Here are five fun facts about Gbson guitars that I have found over the years. Many people seem to not know about them, so why wouldn’t I share them.

  1. “TV Yellow”

In 1958, Gibson started making Les Paul Jr. guitars with two cutaways. These guitars featured a new finish called “TV.” This finish looked white on black and white television screens, but it didn’t have the glare of an actually white finish.

2. “Killswitch Engage”

If you have an SG or Les Paul, or just a guitar with two volume knobs, you can turn one to “0” and the other to any setting other than “0” and flip between them to get a killswitch effect. This is what Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello does with his guitar in songs like “Know Your Enemy.”

3. “Flip Flopper”

Peter Green is famous for the articulate tone from his neck pickup in his ’58 Les Paul. He partially got this tone from flipping the neck pickup so that the visible pole pieces were closer to the bridge. This increases the treble in the neck pickup making it sound more the neck and middle pickup of a Stratocaster, if the comparison can be made.

4. “Flip Flopper Part 2”

The principle in the last part is also applicable to the bridge pickup in a Les Paul or humbucker guitar. This mod increases the treble and mids in the bridge pickup. I mention this in my rundown of my modded Les Paul. You can find this video on my youtube channel.

Are guitar videos cool?

Hey everyone, I recently started making some guitar related videos on youtube, and I was wondering if the community is enjoying them. I’ve had a lot of fun making them and in general the feedback has been positive. Let me know in the comments section if you all are enjoying these videos!

Thanks,

Ellis

Ambt FB from Unitefingerboarding

Unitefingerboarding is now coming out with custom decks as a collab with Weca and FBmold. It sounds like the decks are going to have low concave and medium kicks. The shape reminds me of Weca W2 decks. They also have anime graphics. This part I am not really excited about, as I am not a huge fan of anime, but hopefully Kerry will sell blanks too.

Here’s a link to the article: Link!

New Decks @ Flatface

I was browsing on flatfacefingerboards.com a few days ago when I noticed some new decks they had in stock from a variety of brands. Something that go me excited was to see that PoP decks have an oldschool shape! Many of you already know this, but I have a tendency to gravitate toward oldschool decks, because they are better for vert. Here are some pics of the new decks:

Tradecraft Fingerboards

Today I posted the first Setup of the week #1, and of course, it was an old school. Although, when I was surfing the internet, looking for a worthy setup, I found avery unique-looking deck.

This deck is called the Tradecraft Minisurfer. These decks are basically a fingerboard version of Carver Surfskates. I would bet that it rides like a cross between a Tech Deck oldschool and a Redwolf short mold deck. It definitely looks like a lot of fun.

My fingerboard setup

Hey everyone!

Starting on Sunday (hopefully) I am going to post a fingerboard setup of the week, so if you want to, you can email me a picture of your setup (.jpeg and .png are preferred) but because it’s Thursday I decided to just post a picture and a description of my fingerboard setup. Enjoy!

Full grip shot Full shot Concave shot

 

I apologize for the last image being distorted. The fabric in the background are only blinds. 😉

Deck: DK Decks 32mm Aqua

Trucks: TD (Tech Deck) Raw Wides

Bushings: TD Longboards

Wheels: 4 Corner Fingerboards Standard Bearing Wheels.

Tape: Homemade Orange Foam

This setup has worked really well for me for the most part. I have really liked DK decks ever since buying this one, because they are crazy light, have tons of pop, are vibrantly colored, and have the football-like shape of 90’s skateboard decks. Tech Deck trucks are generally pretty bulletproof if their axles are straight. Tech deck longboard bushings are pretty soft, but still offer a solid pop. The wheels that I have I bought in a complete that came with my DK deck from four corner fingerboards. These wheels have very high quality bearings inside of them that help make rolling smoother. These wheels also have a wider contact patch than many other wheels I have tried, which makes them grippier. That makes up for them not being treaded. My tape is weird, because it is literally just craft store craft foam. It’s weird how it makes good griptape. Fingerboarding purists can rest assured I am most likely going to get some FBS Extra Smooth Tape from Flatface fingerboards soon.

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