CUSTOM FAT-Os!
edited 01/02/05

Letters, I get letters... Well, e-mail, actually. A lot of players ask me if I can tweak some of the switches to give them this or that different combo, or put the tones in a different order - and when I can, I do. I also have to re-write the instructions to match these custom switches, so I have kept a bit of documentation for these "mods to the mod" as well. I thought I'd share a few...

Here are some custom setups based on the FAT-O-Caster V.2/V.3 chassis that I call the "Memphis Mods" - most of them were developed at the request of a couple of pickers from Memphis, and some Arkansas cats - the last one came from Canada! But, the name "Memphis Mods" stuck, so... there ya go.

Each of these guys wanted all the FAT stuff I could give 'em, but none of the thinner/twangy out-of-phase stuff. And, they wanted the switches to be easy to understand and work with on stage, too. So, they all start out with the #1 Normal ("STOCK") notch, all have the FAT-O's regular #2 "Magnificent Seven" notch with the new tones at the "bridge" throw on the 5-way. But, as you check them out, you'll see each ones' notch #3 and #4 has its own little twist. There's more than one way to get three pups in series!

Be sure to read the key at the bottom of the page...

9/1/2008: Here’s another idea that came to fruition: I recently had a request from a customer with a 1980 “The STRAT” model. If you are unfamiliar with that one, it was only produced for a few years, 1980-1983. It is unique among Stratocaster models in that it actually came with a rotary switch, similar to my FAT-O mods. This customer’s “twin rotary” switch had finally worn out after twenty-five years, and he was looking for a replacement - so naturally, he was eventually directed to me. I had never seen that model Stratocaster, and didn’t really know what was involved in the Fender scheme, but after a little research I found that I couldn’t find the correct hardware or enough information to duplicate the stock switch – the model was simply too long out of production. Bummer! However, with the info I WAS able to dig up - and a little outside-the-box thinking - I was able to modify one of my existing schemes to get all the pickup combos that Fender's original scheme for The STRAT gave you. So, I’m calling this one the '80s The STRAT Tone-Clone Mod. You get the same nine tones that The STRAT model gave you, PLUS one extra tone (ten total). Unique to this switch from all my other designs is that you get the bridge and neck parallel/IN SERIES with the mid pup – yup, none of my other switches have that one. Although this isn’t technically a Memphis Mod – it’s built on a different switch and wasn’t suggested by someone from Tennessee – I still think it belongs on this list (see the last tone chart). As with all my rotary mods, it can be installed in ANY Stratocaster.

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NOTE: This page has become so popular that I now have specific kits
(pre-wired switch, mod-specific instructions and drawings)
for each mod available with a new Memphis Mods "add to cart" button on the PayPal page
When you order one, please let me know which switch you want!


Memphis FATS (c) eleven different pup combos
NOTCH NAME (across)
Normal  (10)
Neck with Bridge  (9)
Bridge/neck SERIES  (8)
All Three SERIES  (7)
5-way (down)        
(1) neck
n
n
n
N*B*M
(2) middle+neck
m+n
m+n
m+n
m
(3) middle
m
m
m
m
(4) bridge+middle
b+m
B+M+N
M+(B*N)
m
(5) bridge
b
B+N
B*N
B*M


M-2 (c) ten different pup combos
NOTCH NAME (across)
Normal  (10)
Neck with Bridge  (9)
Bridge/mid SERIES  (8)
All Three SERIES  (7)
5-way (down)        
(1) neck
n
n
n
n
(2) middle+neck
m+n
m+n
m+n
n
(3) middle
m
m
m
M*B*N
(4) bridge+middle
b+m
B+M+N
m
B*N
(5) bridge
b
B+N
B*M
B*N


M-3 (aka "The Jersey Mod") (c) eleven different pup combos
NOTCH NAME (across)
Normal  (10)
Neck with Bridge  (9)
Bridge/neck SERIES  (8)
SERIES with Mid  (7)
5-way (down)        
(1) neck
n
n
n
N*M
(2) middle+neck
m+n
m+n
m+n
m
(3) middle
m
m
m
m
(4) bridge+middle
b+m
B+M+N
M+(B*N)
m
(5) bridge
b
B+N
B*N
B*M


FAT-Cat (c) eleven different pup combos
NOTCH NAME (across)
Normal  (10)
Neck with Bridge  (9)
SERIES with neck  (8)
All Three SERIES  (7)
5-way (down)        
(1) neck
n
n
n
n
(2) middle+neck
m+n
m+n
n
n
(3) middle
m
m
M*N
M*N
(4) bridge+middle
b+m
B+M+N
(B+M)*N
M*N
(5) bridge
b
B+N
B*N
B*M*N


Dunk's Mod (c) eleven different pup combos
NOTCH NAME (across)
Normal  (10)
Neck with Bridge  (9)
SERIES with neck  (8)
Bridge/mid SERIES  (7)
5-way (down)        
(1) neck
n
n
n
n
(2) middle+neck
m+n
m+n
n
m+n
(3) middle
m
m
M*N
m
(4) bridge+middle
b+m
B+M+N
(B+M)*N
m
(5) bridge
b
B+N
B*N
B*M


FAT J-G (c) ten different pup combos
NOTCH NAME (across)
Normal  (10)
Neck with Bridge  (9)
Bridge/mid SERIES  (8)
Bridge/neck SERIES  (7)
5-way (down)        
(1) neck
n
n
n
n
(2) middle+neck
m+n
m+n
m+n
m+n
(3) middle
m
m
m
m
(4) bridge+middle
b+m
B+M+N
m
(B*N)+M
(5) bridge
b
B+N
B*M
B*N


StratMan D (c) eleven different pup combos
NOTCH NAME (across)
Normal  (10)
Neck with Bridge  (9)
Bridge/neck SERIES  (8)
SERIES with NECK (7)
5-way (down)        
(1) neck
n
n
n
n
(2) middle+neck
m+n
m+n
m+n
n
(3) middle
m
m
m
M*N
(4) bridge+middle
b+m
B+M+N
M+(B*N)
(B+M)*N
(5) bridge
b
B+N
B*N
B*N

'80s The STRAT Tone-Clone (c) ten different pup combos  
NOTCH NAME (across)
Normal  (10)
Bridge with Neck  (9)
Bridge and Neck Series Mid  (8)
5-way (down)      
(1) neck
n
n
m
(2) middle+neck
m+n
m+n
m
(3) middle
m
m
N*M
(4) bridge+middle
b+m
B+M+N
(B+N)*M
(5) bridge
b
B+N
B*M

KEY:
+ = wired parallel
* = wired in series
lower case letters = "stock" Strat tones
UPPER CASE BOLD = new Fat-O-Caster tones

Each different scheme for the Fat-O-Caster changes the way the pickups are wired into the circuit.
The NAMES of the NOTCHES describe HOW the pickups are wired...


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