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Mark Herndon
Greetings Gracious Guitar Gods: I present “The Mutant Dairy Product!” Don’t laugh, it’s still the guitar that I judge all my other guitars by. It started life in 1983 as an unassuming white Kramer Striker, but then this happened … actually, it happened over a period of a few decades.

The neck is a custom-colored DiMarzio that started off pink but has “aged” to more of an orangey-pink at this point. The wiring is what makes the Mutant special. There is no sound/noise this thing can’t make. The bridge pickup is a Duncan JB from 1987, and the neck pickup (housed in a lovely mother-of-toilet-seat custom pickguard) is a Mighty Mite Motherbucker triple-coil ’bucker. The neat thing about the Motherbucker is that every coil is wired like a single-coil pickup, and all three coils attach to their own Strat-style 5-way blade switch on the lower horn. This allows the JB to be wired to a coil-tapping push-pull volume knob for single-coil sounds and, yes, the eyeball is a functioning tone knob. A standard 3-way toggle rounds out the electronics … lots of options! The paint job is a work in progress: constantly evolving, constantly changing.

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