Fortunately for me, Michael, it's original owner never quite
took to it and went back to his old Strat.
Consequently, it is just like new. Mint!
It is really lovely to
play, lovely! It has a great neck (for me
the most important thing) and a rich, full tone.
The 052 pickups are outstanding - clean,
clear sounding and sweet - they were made for my
style of playing (as near to Kenny Burrell as possible)
although I find it difficult to replicate the same sound
twice. There is something odd about the
circuitry. If I create the tone I
want then turn it off, it will not be the same next
time I turn it on. It almost seems to
depend on the order in which you alter the switches.
I asked Michael about it and here is his answer:
"The black toggle is for changing the pickups.
Three locations for mixing both pickups and to separate the
indivdual bridge or neck-pickup, as is usual.
The two silver toggles are for each humbucker.
The left position looking down the guitar in playing
position is humbucking style, the neutral
position is for single-coil, and the right is for "out of
phase". You can combine the three switches
as you like! The sound changes from
fat to hollow.
The volume pot is with correction of the high-frequency;
that means if you play with low output or with high output,
the high frequencies are on the same level. You
don't have to play with the Volume on 10 to hear the best
The next knob is the tone control. It
works very straight and efficient through the whole range.
The last knob is a so called "low range filter".
The endorser at the Höfner factory told me that this
function is for revealing the natural sound-spectrum of the
guitar. He also said, it doesn't work
together with the tone control, because you are lifting the
heights and the other is depressing the depths.
I think really that the best way is to experiment for one's
All three knobs are working for all pickups."
I am still
experimenting with strings as well. I have
tried my favourite D'Aquisto SS Flatwound 11's but they seem
to emphasis the Bass register. I suspect the A2
is rather bassy anyway so I may resort to my failsafe
next, good old D'Addario Chromes. They always