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My new Alligator tribute

Postby stratstang » Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:30 am

98 strat hardtail, not a 57, but getting close. I'm going to get the brass control plate from jackofroses next:

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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:15 am

Looks great! I'm surprised more people don't build Alligators... I sure would if I weren't a bass player. It was such a cool period in the Dead's history, and a fairly easy guitar to replicate in a practical way.
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby strumminsix » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:34 am

looks nice. are those lace sensor pickups? which colors?
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby stratstang » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:57 am

Thanks and yes - blue in the bridge, gold in middle and neck
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby DenverEd » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:10 am

I've got an 00 exactly like that. Hmmmm......
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby Shuxter » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:13 am

Pretty unit. I'd like to get a gator decal like that.
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby tigerstrat » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:42 am

Rusty the Scoob wrote:Looks great! I'm surprised more people don't build Alligators... I sure would if I weren't a bass player. It was such a cool period in the Dead's history, and a fairly easy guitar to replicate in a practical way.


I'm with you, but even a bit more surprised that the people that build Wolf replicas almost inerringly build them w/ the SHH pickup config as per '78-on. I've don't know if I've ever seen them done up as the earlier SSS version, either w/ the fx loop ('77-'78) or w/o ('73-'75). Not to jack the thread...

Very nice Gator!
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby Capt Rosebuddy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:01 am

Nice job!
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby strumminsix » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:07 am

How does yours sound in the even positions? I'm not a strat guy but I can never get tone I like in 2 or 4. But other people do!
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:48 am

strumminsix wrote:How does yours sound in the even positions? I'm not a strat guy but I can never get tone I like in 2 or 4. But other people do!


Is your middle pickup wired out of phase with the other two? I believe that's the key to the "Quack" positions.
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:52 am

Shuxter wrote:Pretty unit. I'd like to get a gator decal like that.


They're easy to get - http://www.jackofroses.com/Stickers_1.html

I've even thought about putting a Gator on my J-bass... just kind of as a nod even though it's got nothing in common with Alligator besides being a Maple-necked Fenderish instrument.
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby DenverEd » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:35 pm

Tell me about these Lace pickups. Obviously, I am out of the know.
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby Emoto » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:46 pm

stratstang wrote:98 strat hardtail, not a 57, but getting close. I'm going to get the brass control plate from jackofroses next:

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Pretty!

What kind of bridge its that and how do you like it?
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:58 pm

Looks like a stock 98ish Fender hardtail bridge to me. You don't see hardtail strats too often but I know a few came out during the 70's revival in the late 90's.
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Re: My new Alligator tribute

Postby stratstang » Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:16 am

To answer your questions - stock fender hardtail bridge - I saw a brass bridge on ebay but not sure of the quality...

The lace pickups are fantastic - noiseless, so you don't have that strat hum in 1-3-5, and the blue one in the bridge position is really hot.

As far as the sound in the even positions, that's where i play it most - 2 for rhythm, 4 for leads and it sounds great to me, but I've been playing less than a year, actually have my first lesson today, and I pretty much suck, so if it doesn't sound like a dying cat, I consider it an accomplishment :lol:
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