Here at MayosMusic, in addition to offering great guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and autoharp lessons, we are also a complete luthier service that includes guitar/bass, all string instruments plus amplifier, studio, stage, sound reinforcement and guitar effect electronics repairs/restorations.
Below are pictures of the custom work done on this new USA Fender Stratocaster (sea foam green). This Strat was, can I say, almost just out of the box. The guitar has a great neck but was a standard issue Fender and the owner wanted some refinements. The Strat was treated to a tear-down and "blue-printing", to use an automotive racing term. The owner wanted this Sea Foam Green Strat to play a little easier, hold tune when the vibrato was used and be as quiet as possible (minimum to zero Hiss and Hum) when performing or recording.
The before pictures show the body cavity with polishing compound (left by Fender during the manufacturing process) which will get into the pots and switches and cause intermittent electrical problems (cutting in and out of the signal). Although there is some shielding, it is not complete and the carbon tech based paint does not shield as good as other types of shielding paints.
These pictures show the work in progress: Neck taped-off before fret dressing/polish, body taped-off (for protection) during shielding process. The finished shielded body cavities, and cleaned electronics.
These photos show the finished "Sea Foam Green" USA Fender Stratocaster. Work done: Complete shielding, custom tremelo set-up, fret dressing/polish, complete set-up with intonation. A fine tuned "Blue Printed" Strat - Now Let's Play!!