Guitarist

UNDER THE HOOD

Clean on the outside, but what’s inside? We find out

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The inside of the Woodford is extremely neat and tidy. The scratchpla­te is backed with copper foil, pots are CTS 280kohms, there’s a quality USA CRL five-way lever switch and the Orange Drop cap value is .022 microfarad­s (223F). All the wiring is cloth-covered and long leads are tidied with plastic cable ties. The wiring is like the original Strat (albeit it humcancell­ing in mix positions) with tones for neck and middle, not bridge – but it’s simple to alter that. The body is routed for HSS if you prefer that setup. The St John’s rear-mounted controls sit in a pretty cramped cavity, again copper-foil screened including the wooden cavity cover. It’s the same quality components, wired modern-style, including the same value capacitor, but here the pot values are 500k and we have a toggle (not lever) pickup selector switch. The bridge humbucker is four-conductor so adding a coil-split to the tone pot via a pull-push, for example, would be easy enough. The Eliminator, part of the Cream T BFG Whisker series, is not a scan of a famous pickup; it chases a hotter PAF-style. Like all Cream T humbuckers, it’s lightly potted with Thomas Nilsen’s special sauce. Our multimeter read 10kohms, reflecting the intended style. The P-90 (aka ‘The Duke’) measures 6.12k at output and was scanned from an early 60s Gibson thinline.

 ?? ?? 1 1. Under the hood you can see the Woodford’s cleanly wired controls
1 1. Under the hood you can see the Woodford’s cleanly wired controls
 ?? ?? 2 2. The St John’s cavity is small, but it’s neatly wired again
2 2. The St John’s cavity is small, but it’s neatly wired again
 ?? ?? 3 3. Removing the neck on the Woodford shows it’s a proper bolt-on
3 3. Removing the neck on the Woodford shows it’s a proper bolt-on

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