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Hollowbuddy
07-09-2012, 06:15 AM
With it's top neck and its resonnant body, I was disapointed of the limited possibilities of my SAS .

So here we go : this axe is great enough to worth a more sofistiqued electronic !

I choose Rio Grande pickups coz they can provide an humbucker made with two single coils ! ( halfbreed humbucker )

SO I could have a SUPER strat single coil neck sound !

Then I put an halfbreed RW/RP in the middle position == quack and typical 'out-of-phase' strat sounds.

and finally a Barbecue humbucker in the bridge : this humbucker is the 'cool' deal == GREAT split sound and a spicey 'Texas' sound in humbucker mode !

To deal with all these, I've installed a five rotary switch giving the 5 usual strat positions and a push-push to split the neck and bridge humbuckers.

... do I need to tell you ALL the possibilities I get now :) ( S/S/S, S/S/H, H/S/S, H,S,H ).

I've had something like 15 strats ( I was building strats from friends some years ago from the BEST parts I can find on eBay ... ... ), I still have 3 of them ( not the worst, you can believe me ... )

and this SAS kills them in every points !!! ... and I get the humbuckers ... and its whole new dimension and "another story " :)

... so : WHEN PRS will build the SAS directly this way ? :) :)

http://jose.kramp.free.fr/SASmod.JPG

Hb ;)

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
07-09-2012, 09:32 AM
I had mine modified with uncovered 53/10's and have found similar results. When in "split mode" (tone pot pulled) the middle positions neck only position are amazing.

But... when in full humbucker on the bridge, I get a rip-roaring blend of Angus and Eddie too.

Hollowbuddy
07-09-2012, 12:57 PM
I had mine modified with uncovered 53/10's and have found similar results. When in "split mode" (tone pot pulled) the middle positions neck only position are amazing.

But... when in full humbucker on the bridge, I get a rip-roaring blend of Angus and Eddie too.

AH ! happy to meet someone who agree with the fact that the SAS worth real better pups and wiring ! never tried the 53/10, but after the video on Youtube ... I'm sure it will be 'funny' in a SAS !!! :)

... and yes I didn't mention strongly enough that with a good medium pup on bridge, you can get the 'brown' sound ... as a bonus !!! ;)

Hb

sergiodeblanc
07-10-2012, 01:07 AM
Sacrebleu!