UNDER THE HOOD
Clean on the outside, but what’s inside? We find out
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.