This guitar started as an MJT strat that someone else built and sold. I thought the body might be an Fender American Ultra (elite? I forget and am too lazy to look) based on the neck joint. But it doesn’t have the registration marks I’m used to. Either way, it was finished by MJT. It had a neck also from MJT and some MojoTone electronics.
I really just wanted the body.
Well, what I really wanted was an ICONIC guitar. There’s two problems with that, however.
- They’re quite expensive.
- I like them for the combination of modern tech, relic bodies, really sick necks. But so many of their guitars have things like the traditional chunky neck joint or a basic maple neck. They really should avoid that because otherwise you’re just another company making strats.
I realize custom orders exist but see point 1.
So I swapped all the hardware, pickups and neck on this to get all the things I wanted in an ICONIC but for waaaay less money.
- MJT/Fender (dunno)
- Appears Ash
- Standard strat shape with contoured heel
- Firemist gold nitro finish, heavy aging
- Roasted flame maple shaft & fretboard
- Standard thin profile
- 1 11/16″ GraphTech TUSQ XL nut
- 10-16″ compound radius
- 6150 Stainless Steel frets
- 25.5″ scale
- Gotoh 510T-FE1 trem
- Wilkinson locking saddles
- D’Addario/Planet Waves auto-trim locking tuners
- Dunlop strap locks
- Black 3 ply pickguard
- Aged knobs (as of this posting, I still need to get maching single coil covers and selector switch)
- Bridge: Suhr Thornbucker
- Middle: Suhr V70
- Neck: Suhr V70
- Controls: Vol/Tone/Blend controls, 5 way selector switch