Fender Special Edition Koa Strat customized by Chapmon Guitars.
Fender released a limited edition Koa Stratocaster and Telecaster made in Korea. They are very well built guitars and stand up to their American counterparts with a few exceptions that we thought cheapened them. They came stock with Seymour Duncans which are great pickups but in our opinion the Fender Custom Shop Vintage 54 pickups are better The guitars looked stunning except... well... maybe a bit over the top and gaudy. The neck finish was a little too thick and too glossy and the logo was not the standard Fender black and silver leaf logo but a really cheap looking solid gold mylar (remember those gold stars teachers put on papers back in gradeschool? Yeah, sort of like that). Lastly, they came with percoid pick guards, which against the figured koa was just a bit too much, These guitars were wonderful though, sounded great and played great so we acquired a Strat and Tele pair and thought they deserved some modifications by Chapmon Guitars to make them look and sound a bit more tasteful. While we were at it we added a few our own favorite mods.
Chapmon Guitar Mods:
* sanded the necks, applied a traditional black & silver leaf logo and sprayed them the with nitrocellulose and polished them to a satin matte finish.
* replaced the pearloid pickguard with a Fender parchment pickguard
* replaced the stock Seymour Duncan pickups with a Fender Custom Shop Vintage 54 set
* Blocked the tailpiece. One downside of a floating tailpiece is that bending a string pulls down the pitch of the other strings (including the one your bending). This makes pedal steel bends Bending one not and to harmonize with an unbent string) especially challenging. Blocking the Tremelo gives you a fixed bridge. This adds some sustain but also disables the tremolo so you can do pedal steel bends with ease. We cut a small block of maple to exactly fit between tailpiece and the body cavity. To remove it, all you have to do is bent the tremolo a bit and remove the block or do the reverse to put it back.
* added our signature mod of switching the strap button to the neck joint and putting an abalone inlay to cover the screw hole, refinishing and buffing the nose. If you ever wished your Strat hung naturally at a more comfortable playing angle, like a 335, for instance, then you will love this mod. If not, it’s an easy mod to reverse by simply switching out the neck plate and drilling out the abalone dot and we will even do that for as an option.