Schecter Ultra 3 – a.k.a. “Smurfette”
This has been my main guitar on stage and in studio since 2013. I bought it for looks, which it has in spades, but I immediately hated the stock electronics and Bigsby tremolo.
The tailpiece is a through-body unit from an Ibanez Jet King. On the back of the guitar are 6 string ferrules from a Fender Telecaster. The pickup routes were widened to accommodate full-sized humbuckers, and the entire cavity was shielded with aluminum tape. I swapped the factory Grover tuners for Hipshot locking tuners — mostly because I am lazy, but also because they seem to hold tune a little better.
I replaced the 3 pickup toggle switches with a Stratocaster 5-way, and the balance of the electronics were upgraded to top-line USA stuff. The neck and middle pickups are “Alnico Pole Straight Six” single coils hand wound by Schuyler Dean in Nashville, TN. I bought them by chance and ended up falling in love with them. The bridge pickup is a Seymour Duncan SH-14 “Custom 5”, which is my favorite humbucker. The master volume has a treble bleed circuit installed.