Crystal Gazing
Guitarist|Summer 2019
Crystal Gazing

A reader wants to know whether it’s worth modding his Strat. Now, there’s a question…

Kevin LarcombeKevin Larcombe

Q I read your article on guitar mods from issue 436, as I have recently purchased a ’93 Fender Japan ’62 reissue Strat. The guitar has a lovely neck, but I was expecting to improve things by changing the pickups to something like Bare Knuckle Apache single coils. I’m now unsure as the article indicates that just changing pickups may not have the desired effect. I was trying to achieve a cheaper alternative to a Custom Shop model and notice Neville Marten’s mods on a Mexican made Strat worked out well, albeit with quite an investment. Any thoughts? Kevin Larcombe


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Summer 2019