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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by Raimonds, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Jun 22, 2014
    Same Shed Different Day
    Beautiful, can't wait to see it come together and the finished work!
     
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  2. rcboals

    rcboals Strat-Talk Member

    42
    Nov 14, 2010
    Springfield, Oregon
    That is going to spectacular. I am watching this thread with great interest.
     
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  3. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Mar 28, 2015
    Latvia
    And here comes first sound sample, recorded on iPhone which was around 1 meter away. Just slapped the neck on and played a bit, no setup yet, strings bit buzing, but anyway, this thing is loud acoustically.

     
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  4. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 24, 2013
    Montevideo
    That thing sounds awesome! More Pics please!
     
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  5. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    @Raimonds ...dude, that is completely awesome. you are very gifted.
     
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  6. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member

    Wow I look forward to the finished guitar.
     

  7. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Mar 28, 2015
    Latvia
    I couldnt decide about colour, first I wanted to stain, but it didnt look good, so I went for spraying. Now its waiting time for day or two, then clear coat and the body will be finished. Still havent decided what clear coat, gloss or matt.

    Here is some hint on colour:

    IMG_3099.jpg
     

  8. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Mar 28, 2015
    Latvia
    the clear coat is on, now I need to wait for some days (according to the internets from 1 day to 6 months :) ) for the lacquer to cure and then final sanding and polishing.
    I am really impressed with the clear coat, there is almost no orange peel and it is really shinny, after polish I will be able to shave using this body as a mirror

    First 3 coats:

    IMG_3168.jpg

    Last coat of clear:

    IMG_3176.jpg
     

  9. Uncle Jimmy

    Uncle Jimmy Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    69
    Aug 22, 2011
    Connecticut
    Just one word: WOW
     
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  10. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Mar 28, 2015
    Latvia
    It's almost ready :) Need to add strap pins, run ground wire to strings, polish to mirror shine and do some beauty shots in the weekend.
    File 06.07.17 10 49 58.jpeg
     

  11. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Strat-Talker

    Age:
    53
    440
    Jun 30, 2016
    meridianam altum centralis

  12. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.

  13. nhsdpl

    nhsdpl Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 21, 2012
    West Australia
    Wow, wow and wow :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    You have done a great job, you should be very proud.


    Cheers.
     
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  14. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    74
    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK
    That's some great work. The unplugged natural resonance it has should transfer nicely when the pickup is turned on (Yes I'm from that camp!!!)
    One of my Les Pauls has that same natural "zing" and it's one of the best guitars I've EVER heard amped up!
     
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  15. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

    Mar 7, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    Very impressive build! I sure you will love it and many others will be interested in owning one.

    I wondered if you might tell us about your treatment of the body corners. It appears that the top and bottom have a slight overhang in reference to the side of the guitar. I have never seen another guitar done that way.
     

  16. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Mar 28, 2015
    Latvia
    There is indeed slight overhang, this comes from the violin design, I like it so I made front and back with a little overhang. In fact the carving around comes from violins as well.
     

  17. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Weeee doggie Strat-Talk Supporter


  18. DIYrocker

    DIYrocker Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 16, 2013
    Pennsylvania
    Great work, man! I'm impressed :thumb:
     

  19. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

    Mar 7, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    Makes sense. Nice variation.
     

  20. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Mar 28, 2015
    Latvia
    Here is really short audio, garageband preset Brit and Clean, volume and tone wide open, no additional processing.
    (excuse my sloppy playing)