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    Sterling Silo 30 mod

    Can anyone help with some advice? I want to mod my Silo 30, changing the HSS configuration to a SSS set up. Not knowing anything of modding guitars, can someone advise me,
    . Will a silhouette pickguard fit the Sterling model
    . Do the pick-ups attach to the pick guard,(like a Strat), or the body
    . What single coil ,pick ups would suit the Silo 30 best.
    . Lastly, can it be done?????

    Thanks in advance for anty replies
    SBMM Silo 30, Black
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    American Ash Strat HSS Sienna Sunburst
    MIM Strat Metallic Sage Green
    OLP MM1 Black Quilt
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    Roland Cube 30X
    Fender Junior G-Dec
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    Yes, it is fairly straightforward and easy to do. A Silhouette Special pickguard would be the one that fits. The pickups would mount like they do in a strat. As for type or brand of Single coils.... the sky is the limit, there are literally hundreds of them out there. But you really just need one if you are going to transfer all the electronics and the neck and middle pickup to the new pickguard. I'd probably get a DiMarzio Injector Bridge DP423. But there are many choices. You could just buy a strat 5 way switch and a couple of CTS 250K pots and wire it up like a strat; I have and it sounds super excellent.
    Here's what a Silhouette Special S-S-S strat style guard looks like. Notice there are 4 screws on the left side
    of the pickguard, not like a Silhouette which only has three. And it should fit a Silo30 too. I purchased this white SS SSS pickguard from EBMM customer service. Give them a jangle mate. Oh, I did have to countersink the pickup mounting holes for these particular pickups because I used beveled vintage screws.

    Silhouette Special Pearl Blue rosewood, hardtail
    Silhouette Special Candy Apple Red, rosewood hardtail
    Silhouette Special in Carbon Blue Pearl maple neck tremolo
    Sub 1 Black hardail Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Graphite tremolo Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Pearl Blue hardtail, now with BGPups Pure 90's
    Sub 1 Cinnamon hardtail Routed SS style
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    Or one with all DiMarzios

    I also built this loaded pickguard Strat style that would fit your guitar. It has a DiMarzio Blue Velvet in the bridge position
    which has a Fralin bassplate installed, and the the neck and middle pups are stock Silhouette Special DiMarzio.
    It now resides on a Silhouette Special somewhere in England.

    Last edited by jamminjim; 10-28-2014 at 05:39 AM. Reason: to correct an error

    Silhouette Special Pearl Blue rosewood, hardtail
    Silhouette Special Candy Apple Red, rosewood hardtail
    Silhouette Special in Carbon Blue Pearl maple neck tremolo
    Sub 1 Black hardail Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Graphite tremolo Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Pearl Blue hardtail, now with BGPups Pure 90's
    Sub 1 Cinnamon hardtail Routed SS style
    Handwired '65 Princeton Reverb Head with Hoffman turret board
    2 x 12 cab (Celestion and Weber)
    Best radio station in USA
    http://www.ktnnonline.com

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    or, get one of those single coils in humbucker size pickups
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    Quote Originally Posted by GHWelles View Post
    or, get one of those single coils in humbucker size pickups
    LOL!

    As Jim said, a Silhouette Special pickguard should fit but not a Silhouette pickguard (it's shorter because of the 24 frets on the Silhouette). To the best of my knowledge, the screw holes might not line up. Try the forum search function and see what comes up; I'm sure Pat Park has answered this question somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GHWelles View Post
    or, get one of those single coils in humbucker size pickups
    seymour duncan phat cat
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    Quote Originally Posted by GHWelles View Post
    or, get one of those single coils in humbucker size pickups
    absolutely, and the SD phat cat is one selection. Here's another
    Mean 90 Gloss Black- TRUE Alnico P90- FAT and Loud!

    NOTE: the humbucker opening in the Silo 30 pickguard (or EBMM SS or Sub1) will have to be modified to make this option work. The corners of the humbucker opening are not "square" enough to accommodate the hum size P90's. The mod will require that you break out the round and flat files to get the opening squared up. I actually made a tool using a wooden paint stirring stick about and inch wide, taped sandpaper to it and used it to do this after getting the corners done to size with a small round file.

    I installed some Brian Gunsher True 90's in a Dbl. Subbie guard. Will show it to y'all when I get it 100% complete. BG Pups True 90's, love em'.

    Silhouette Special Pearl Blue rosewood, hardtail
    Silhouette Special Candy Apple Red, rosewood hardtail
    Silhouette Special in Carbon Blue Pearl maple neck tremolo
    Sub 1 Black hardail Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Graphite tremolo Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Pearl Blue hardtail, now with BGPups Pure 90's
    Sub 1 Cinnamon hardtail Routed SS style
    Handwired '65 Princeton Reverb Head with Hoffman turret board
    2 x 12 cab (Celestion and Weber)
    Best radio station in USA
    http://www.ktnnonline.com

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    Thanks for all the advice. Think I will get the SS pickguard and stick to the 3 single coil upgrate. I will post pics when completed.
    SBMM Silo 30, Black
    Axis Super Sport, Honey Burst, signed by BP
    Axis Super Sport, Pacific Blue Burst
    Squier Deluxe Hotrails Strat, White
    American Ash Strat HSS Sienna Sunburst
    MIM Strat Metallic Sage Green
    OLP MM1 Black Quilt
    Marshall MG30fx
    Fender Mustang 1
    Blackstar HT5 Combo
    Roland Cube 30X
    Fender Junior G-Dec
    Boss GT8

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    the mean 90's are great... i've actually used a lot of the GFS stuff and their pretty good for the money.
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    And Bill Lawrence's Wilde pickups are possibly the best bang for the buck on the market, IMVHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    And Bill Lawrence's Wilde pickups are possibly the best bang for the buck on the market, IMVHO.
    right on! Forgot I have used a set of his Keystones and they were excellent too! this OP is in the UK and will probably be shopping in that market...... Strings n Things?

    Silhouette Special Pearl Blue rosewood, hardtail
    Silhouette Special Candy Apple Red, rosewood hardtail
    Silhouette Special in Carbon Blue Pearl maple neck tremolo
    Sub 1 Black hardail Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Graphite tremolo Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Pearl Blue hardtail, now with BGPups Pure 90's
    Sub 1 Cinnamon hardtail Routed SS style
    Handwired '65 Princeton Reverb Head with Hoffman turret board
    2 x 12 cab (Celestion and Weber)
    Best radio station in USA
    http://www.ktnnonline.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLPlayer View Post
    Thanks for all the advice. Think I will get the SS pickguard and stick to the 3 single coil upgrate. I will post pics when completed.
    Yeah I know... Back from the dead...

    Considering this same mod...

    OLPlayer, did you ever do this upgrade? If so how did it work out?

    Can anyone confirm that the Silo Spec pickguard fits a Silo30/30D?

    Anyone know if the factory humbucker route in the Silo 30/D will take the single coil ok?
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    I would say that a Music Man SS pick guard should fit, but since it is a Sterling it might not be exact. Between you and me, I think it would fit A OK >
    As for the route, it should be similar to any other humbucker route, and I've had not problem installing singles in hummer routs. For instance on my Sub 1 I've done it without any fuss.

    Silhouette Special Pearl Blue rosewood, hardtail
    Silhouette Special Candy Apple Red, rosewood hardtail
    Silhouette Special in Carbon Blue Pearl maple neck tremolo
    Sub 1 Black hardail Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Graphite tremolo Routed SS style
    Sub 1 Pearl Blue hardtail, now with BGPups Pure 90's
    Sub 1 Cinnamon hardtail Routed SS style
    Handwired '65 Princeton Reverb Head with Hoffman turret board
    2 x 12 cab (Celestion and Weber)
    Best radio station in USA
    http://www.ktnnonline.com

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    See here, Brian from Sterling says 'no'...

    http://forums.ernieball.com/music-ma...new-silo3.html
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    Lookie what I did!

    Also included a pic of the routes and the back of the loaded SBMM Silo30D OE pick guard if someone is curious as to whats there.

    I need to go back into it though and at the very least put in a stereo output jack on it so there is some kind of switch for the battery. Maybe I'll even add a battery compartment at some point.

    In the end the MM SSS pick guard needed just a hair filed off around the trem, truss rod adjuster and neck cutouts to line everything up just right. Not that big a deal at all.

    Edit...The plastic was still on it when the pic was taken. The filing job is really better than it looks.

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    Last edited by Another Noob; 11-21-2014 at 04:59 PM.
    SUB AX3 TBL/M
    AX30D CRB
    SILO 30D
    (They're better at being guitars than I am at playing them... lol )

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