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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

FU - Tone Strat Big Block Upgrade, ... (Review)


Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $49.95 USD+ Shipping


About: 
FU-Tone Big Block Upgrade
FU-Tone, formerly known as Floyd Upgrades, is the Manufacturer of aftermarket high-performance guitar parts designed to optimize a guitar's voice, sustain, playability, and tone. This review is for the FU-Tone Fender Stratocaster Big Block upgrade. 



Installation
Changing the block on your guitar is very simple, if you can change the strings you can change the block. It took me about a half hour and 1 beer. If you can not change the strings on your guitar please learn the flute .


Guitar:  
Allparts  Strat Style body and neck 
Zexcoil humbucker pickups 
(2) cts 500k  Push Pull  volume Pots 
(1) cts 250k  Blend Pot 
(1) .47 Orange Drop Cap 
Switchcraft switch and jack 
Silver wire and copper shielding
GraphTech Tusq Nut and Saddles 
Fender Mexican Bridge 
FU - Tone Bell Brass Big Block 




Read the Zexcoil Local Music Gear review -here-
Read the Tusq Local Music Gear review -here-


Sound
Amp used:
Bogner Alchemist 2 x12
Vox AC 15 
Fender Blues JR 

Cables used:
Intex

Impression: 
I really didn't know what to expect as I am not a tremolo string through body cavity player. All of my guitars either have a wrap around bridge, a tailpiece, or the string through design where six individual wholes where cut through the body (not a cavity like a Strat). I have always found that cavity string through design's loses sustain and tone, so to review this product I had to build a guitar just for this review. With that said I was impressed. The guitar went from a thin twang to a full warm chime with increased sustain and a louder voice. Even just strumming acoustically you could hear the differences. This is by far the least expensive way that I have seen to dramatically change the tone & sustain on a through-body cavity setup.

The Sound Difference

Sustain
Stock Block - 7.4 seconds
FU-Tone Big Block -  11.2 seconds  

Tone 
Stock Block-  Thin and Twangy. 
FU-Tone Big Block -   Warm with an increased mid-range and increased volume

My advice:
Buy one, this is truly an amazing product that delivers the results it claims to.

This is a list of just a few artist that use FU-Tone product to get their desired tone. 

WARREN DEMARTINI
PHIL COLLEN
SLASH
VERNON REID
STEVE BROWN
EDDIE OJEDA
C.C. DEVILLE
MICK MARS
MICHAEL WILTON
MIKE STONE
PAUL CROOK
STEVE STEVENS
DON FELDER
SCOTT IAN
JON LEVIN
SCOTTI HILL
DAVE "SNAKE" SABO
TOMMY SHAW
JAMES JY YOUNG
LAWRENCE GOWAN
WOLF HOFFMAN
VIVIAN CAMPBELL
DJ ASHBA
ERIK TURNER
JOEY ALLEN
NANCY WILSON
BOBBY SCHNECK
GEORGE LYNCH
ALEX LIFESON
JIM KIMBALL
HEATHER WILLIAMS
JOEL WHITLEY
NICK PERRI
PHIL DEMMEL
BRIANA ALEXIS
JOE RODRIGUEZ
PAUL SIDOTI
RONNY NORTH
BRAD GILLIS
HATEBREED
ZOLTAN BATHORY
STRYPER
GUS G
WARBEAST
WAYNE FINDLAY

To see all FU artist click here



Contact
FU-Tone
P.O. Box 1142
Newtown, PA 18940
215-913-0783

FU-Tone.com

Posted 10/2012