Sunday, May 6, 2012
Project Hapa Strat
I got the Tom Delonge Strat in a sub-standard state but I knew it had good bones. Love the neck, the fixed bridge and the single Seymour Duncan Invader pickup. What I wanted was a guitar that can go from SRV-type blues to Audioslave riffs. What I wanted was a single volume control -- not tone pots which I never use on any of my other guitars. So I ordered some Tex-Mex single coils for the neck and middle positions to complement the Invader in the bridge position. Then I custom ordered a pearloid pickguard from Warmoth to have the HSS cutouts but with a single volume pot hole. Everything came together quite easily on Friday night as I soldered and routed wires. By Saturday, my Hapa Strat was ready to plug in and play. By Sunday, it's safe to say I can remove the protective film on the pickguard. This surf green strat rocks!