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 Post subject: Powerhouse Stratocaster
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:52 am 
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I wrote to customer relations and requested information on my MIM and got the following in response. I've never heard the name "Powerhouse Stratocaster" used here before and see it has since been discontinued. I don't suspect it's anything special but am curious if there are many others out there like it?

Date: 12/9/2005
Model Name: Powerhouse Stratocaster®
Model Number: 013-9500-(Color #) and 013-9502-(Color #)
Series: Deluxe Series
Body: Alder
Neck: Maple, Modern “C” Shape, (Satin Urethane Finish)
Fingerboard: Rosewood (p/n 013-9500) or Maple (p/n 013-9502), 9.5” Radius (241 mm)
No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
Width @ Nut: 1-11/16” (43 mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Machine Heads: Fender®/Ping® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Pickguard: 4-Ply White Pearloid
Pickups: 3 Powerhouse Ultra-Quiet Single-Coil Strat® Pickups
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume,
Tone 1. Master No-Load Tone Control,
Tone 2. 12 dB Active Mid Boost Control
Colors: (306) Black,
(325) Chrome Red,
(355) Blizzard Pearl,
(359) Navy Blue Metallic,
(381) Caramel Metallic,
(Polyester Finish)
Strings: Fender® Super Bullets® 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-3250-003
Unique Features: Pearloid Pickguard,
12 dB Active Mid-Boost Circuit,
Dummy Coil Under the Pickguard for Hum Cancellation
Source: Mexico
Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag
U.S. MSRP: $841.99 (Deluxe Fender Gig Bag Included)
Specs: Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice

INTRODUCED: 1/1997

DISCONTINUED: 9/2008

DISCONTINUED COLORS: (309) Candy Apple Red, 1/2005,
(343) Pewter, 1/2005,
(363) Grafitti Yellow, 1/2005,
(302) Lake Placid Blue, 7/2001
(380) Arctic White, 7/2001

COMMENTS: WRENCH SIZES: Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench, (3/16” Hex), P/N 0038467000, Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench, (1.5mm Hex), P/N 0050919000

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I use a powerhouse strat body on my gigging guitar. I tried a couple of bodies but just couldnt get the midboost to operate quietly enough cramming it into the control cavity.

Its dinged up now and looking great. I really like it, especialy the battery access.

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I love my Powerhouse Strat! It's the caramel metallic color as well, rarely see one like it! It was sitting in my local shop since 2006 and I passed it up so many times thinking I didn't like the color and it had a rosewood neck. I was looking for LPB with Maple (which I never found). I got it in oct. 2008 for $400 and soon discovered it had a problem with the neck at 7th fret bass side. Fender replaced the neck, no questions asked! Replaced with rosewood, but recently I replaced it with a 2009 57 RI maple 7.25" neck that I love.

The no load tone and db boost is incredible and everytime I play it with others, they all want to give it a go, each finding unique sounds out of it!

Unless my family is starving, I'll never let it go! Better, especially after my tweaks and upgrades, than any MIA I looked at!

If you find one, grab it and hang on to it! If I ever see a LPB one for sale, I'll get that as well too!


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The Powerhouse circuit is the same circuit used on the EC and BG signatures, except it got a pair of resistors to reduce the gain to 12dB.

Fortunately, I've discovered a good tip to obtain the full 25dB boost: unclip the resistors. You get better results if you remove the dummy coil and the no-load pot and stick a set of Lace Sensors (any flavours you like), Vintage Noiseless, Samarium Cobalt or any great-sounding noiseless pickup (full sized humbuckers work fine too!) with a TBX or Greasebucket tone pot. You'll have an EC Strat without the price tag.


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 Post subject: Re: Powerhouse Stratocaster
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:38 pm 
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I wrote to customer relations and requested information on my MIM and got the following in response. I've never heard the name "Powerhouse Stratocaster" used here before and see it has since been discontinued. I don't suspect it's anything special but am curious if there are many others out there like it?

I've discussed the following on other threads but I'll offer it for your information here, and I am sure that my memory of this is correct. About 20 years ago Fender, for a short period of time, showed a guitar, finished in a kind of Mary Kaye blond with a tortoise shell pickguard and maple neck, conventional pickups, and a 12db midboost circuit. This instrument, in the Artist Series group was the first Buddy Guy. I could never find one at a dealer. Not long after, the guitar became fitted with Lace Sensor pickups, a V-neck, and 25db midboost....a la Clapton. An issue of Guitar World in 1991 shows him with the second generation guitar, a slightly darker finish. Then came the Polka Dot. Some years later, the Powerhouse was introduced. An old idea in a new suit.

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I was looking for LPB with Maple (which I never found).

If I ever see a LPB one for sale, I'll get that as well too!


i just bought a Pewter Powerhouse Strat on eBay yesterday and found an LPB too : )

http://cgi.ebay.com/FENDER-LAKE-PLACID- ... 1973wt_972


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:12 pm 
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The pickups in this guitar are rather unique too :)

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Anyone know what fenders recommended pick-up height for the powerhouses pickups are? I'm about to swap out pick-guards on mine and don't believe the manual references this model specifically. I don't like where there at currently and would like to try fenders recommended specs as starting point to adjust them to my liking. Still waiting to hear back from a fender representative vial email.


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My bet is that theres nothing unusual about the pickups themselves. If their 'ultra quiet' as the name suggests why use a dummy coil? I suspect their stock pickups.
Myself I set the bridge as close as I can without getting wolf notes. Then balance the neck pickups volume to that. Once their done I set the middle to the neck.

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Yeah it doesn't look like Fender is in a hurry to get back to me, apparently the staff doesn't have any more information available to them then what's already available online. :P

My ears seem to be in agreement nik. When you dial out the tone lock and roll down the boost they sound similar to whats in the standards. I'll probably start out with the standard measurements, and tweak from there. Thanks for the input! :)


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My guess is they are standard single coil pups. The "Ultra-Quiet" must come from the dummy coil.

They are quiet and I like the sounds I get so that's all that matters to me. :lol:


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I just bought me a ph strat, my first fender, i have owned a squire and fenix strats but im really impressed by this one! i dont think im going to mod it tho although i do have a fender mim maple neck lying around but i like the rosewood modern c shape one that it came with, im guessing its one of the newer models as the neck is quite slim unlike the older ones i have read about maybe 2007-08 as the serial is mz711****
Anyone have anymore info on these things?


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I just bought me a ph strat, my first fender, i have owned a squire and fenix strats but im really impressed by this one! i dont think im going to mod it tho although i do have a fender mim maple neck lying around but i like the rosewood modern c shape one that it came with, im guessing its one of the newer models as the neck is quite slim unlike the older ones i have read about maybe 2007-08 as the serial is mz711****
Anyone have anymore info on these things?

Read this thread from the top down, as well. It's a modifed Clapton mid-boost circuit. The body rout is the same but the PH has a rout in the back for a battery box as opposed to cut out in the vibrato cavity. Depending on the year, the battery box was located in two different spots. It is my suspicion that the guitar was resurrected from the early 90's original Buddy Guy signature series guitar which changed when BG went to Lace Sensors and a 25db midboost following EC's lead. Any interest in swapping out pickups will have to give due consideration to the midboost because high output pickups will cause a squeal when the boost is engaged.

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