Fender Fat 50's Stratocaster Pickup / Batwing Headstock Plywood Body Strat Reviews
EPIPHONE BATWING STRAT /FENDER FAT 50's PUPS
Having read of Abigail Ybarra with the Fender Custom Shop, I was determined to try a set of her Fat 50's Strat pickups. I am an adamant fan of anything 'LEO' created.
I have a real tinker toy view of the strat as it lends itself to great experimentation.
I am an old school style blues player.
A strat makes wonderful sounds besides Hendrix and Stevie. My heroes of guitar are , MUDDY, BUDDY, Robert Johnson, Son House ,leadbelly, T-Bone, Hubert Sumlin,
Guitar Slim, Johnny Guitar Watson, Otis Rush ,Jr Watson, ZuZu Bolin Anson Funderburgh, Mike Morgan, Jim Suhler, Lightnin Hopkins...... well you get my drift. btw,Did I mention I am listening to Jr Watson live at the BLUE Cafe?
Any body can buy a Fender Strat over the counter and get a great guitar, but in my tonequest, I decided to purchase the Epiphone Batwing( bent) head stock Strat from a local music Store for $80.00 (that's right, eighty bucks). It is a Squier level
instrument as factory configured. I promptly
purchased the Fat 50's for an additional
$90.00. I chose to use A 500k volume pot/
250k tone pots as replacements. Wiring was modified to match the Jimmie Vaughn Signature. I like tone control over the bridge pickup. Middle pup is just wide open to tone and great for cutting thru mix during solo.#2 on the 5-way switch are fabulous for all those cool piano riffs/chords I like to use for rythym playing.
To me , cool rythym is a skill that must be really worked at to spice up the ensemble.(Btw my band is called the JUKEKINGS. 2 guitars , bass, drums. If we are lucky, a sitin Harp guy/ girl. But,I digress.
The 500k volume pot gives a broader range
of 'in your face tone' when mated with the 250k tones. I use several vintage amps depending on my whim when its time to load in.
When I finished the EpiFat50'sStratBatwing,
I was so very pleased with the outcome. $192.25 total cash outta pocket including the pots. I used a set of G&L vintage tuners i had in the parts bin.
to make a long story shorter, My buds are all clamoring for Fender CSFAT50's for their strats. I 'm sticking with the Batwing as it has the bent head stock and consequently different string pull.
I own REAL vintage and enjoy it immensely. i grab the EPIFAT50bastardcaster for 90% of our gigs. Gotta love itMichael Huggins/ aka Jimmy Rogers Ghost rated this unit on 2004-06-26.
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