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  • Surfcaster STD

    I've always liked the Surfcaster look and I've always wanted a guitar with 3 lipstick tubes. I happened upon a Surfcaster STD locally and picked it up.


    It seems there is conflicting information concerning the STD model. It's supposed to come with Chandler lipstick tubes but mine and another I've seen both have Kent Armstrong SLHC-1 with a reverse wound in the center position.


    It's also supposed to come with Gotoh tuners but mine has Grover Deluxe tuners that look correct.


    Is it possible that the Kent Armstrong pickups are original equipment or were the Chandlers commonly replaced? There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information about this guitar as if it slipped under the radar because of the time it came out. I'd say it's a bit underappreciated.


    So far, I'm enjoying it. I may have overpaid a bit but I like it.
    Tube free since 1998.

  • #2
    What did you pay for it?

    Originally posted by mark123 View Post
    So far, I'm enjoying it.
    That's all that matters. What do you play on this?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DonP View Post
      What did you pay for it?
      $400 but it needed a new nut ($30 installed) and a new pickguard (~$50). I got the nut replaced already and I may just live with the cracked pickguard. So $430 so far.

      Originally posted by DonP View Post
      That's all that matters. What do you play on this?
      I'm an old metal head from way back in the 80s just looking for inspiration to start playing again. Going to try some new stuff. Probably Southern Rock or something like that.
      Tube free since 1998.

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      • #4
        I've seen other Surfcasters that mention the Kent Armstrong pickups, so I'm reasonably sure that yours are stock from the factory.

        Checking through some of my research it seems like the Armstrongs are mentioned only on the later ones- they probably switched from the Chandlers with the '94-95 revision that introduced the humbucker'd HT model and your STD. (and also discontinued the trem-equipped models)


        I own 5 Surfcasters at the moment, so when I get a chance I'll open an early one up to check the pickups. Actually, the 3-way switch has been acting up on my main one, so it might be sooner than I thought.
        I will sacrifice Gracie Law to appease my emperor and live out my earthly pleasures with Miao Yin!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mark123 View Post
          I'm an old metal head from way back in the 80s
          Same here, so I couldn't really imagine what the heck I'd play with those pickups LOL!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DonP View Post
            Same here, so I couldn't really imagine what the heck I'd play with those pickups LOL!
            You may be surprised. I'm really liking the change. They "feel" so different. I've always been an active humbucker user just because that's what you use for POWER!!! :p I've got to learn some new stuff.

            The noise does bother me a little tiny bit but position 2 and 4 are humbucking with the reversed middle pickup.
            Tube free since 1998.

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            • #7
              Noise gate will fix that 60 cycle hum.I'm used to the hum so it's no big deal.
              Very cool guitar I have always looked for those.
              Really? well screw Mark Twain.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by straycat View Post
                Noise gate will fix that 60 cycle hum.I'm used to the hum so it's no big deal.
                I've got a Noise Suppressor on my GP-100 but it doesn't seem to work as well as I'd like or maybe I just don't know how to set it up. Any suggestions? What do you use?

                Originally posted by straycat View Post
                Very cool guitar I have always looked for those.
                Thanks, man. I do dig it.
                Tube free since 1998.

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