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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by lukido86, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    Well as I had a lot of time to think about it, I decided to try to make it a good instrument.

    I just received some parts that I need now, before the lacquer and paint job. The other parts can be upgraded later without compromising the finish.

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    I will have to fill the tuners little holes and drill them again, change the nut, and adapt the tremolo block holes as well from 6 points to 2.

    The stock tremolo block weights 127g, the new one 310g
     
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  2. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    New nut :

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    New holes for tuning machines :

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    The neck is ready for finishing
     
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  3. Dreamdancer

    Dreamdancer Strat-Talker

    241
    May 1, 2014
    Greece
    As a final step(after the frets are all done) you should lightly sand the fingerboard and pile several coats of acrylic laquer on it!!!! i know it sounds ridiculous since its rosewood after all so first you dont need to and second you might think it wont stick or look awful(it doesnt, i tried it on a piece of **** spare broken fingerboard i have and it works) but i believe it ll look great and command the attention..just dont advertise its a kit that much and you ll see people admiring and asking u about it.
     

  4. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    I'll stick with the idea of a light satin finish on the neck and lemon oil on the fingerboard after a bit of sanding with steel wool.
     

  5. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    The neck is finished, it feels great !

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    Next step : filling some holes on the body and drilling others for the 2 point tremolo.
     
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  6. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Measure several times and trial fit without drilling holes, maybe some pickguard screws for placement. I was out by a mm and it upset the movement a little, not a lot on sound but caused a funny wiggle my OCD can't tolerate. Wish I did the above. Dowelling and tedrillubg works but does not look great.
     
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  7. moto4fun

    moto4fun Strat-O-Master

    630
    Aug 20, 2015
    SLO
    Looks great with those tuners!
     
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  8. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    France
    Hello,
    After some measurements and tests I should be able to drill the 2 holes for the tremolo.

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  9. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    Holes drilled !

    Testing the tremolo installation and quick setup : everything is fine.

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  10. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    Base coat applied, starts to look like something.

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  11. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    Color applied ! Next : clear coat.

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  12. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

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    May 7, 2014
    UK
    Absolutely adore that colour! Nice work!!
     

  13. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks ! With an ambient light this is between daphne blue and sonic gray.
     
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  14. Braumeisterblake

    Braumeisterblake Strat-Talker

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  15. DIYrocker

    DIYrocker Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 16, 2013
    Pennsylvania
    Looking good!
     
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  16. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello,
    Here is a picture of the body surface, there is a little "grain" (?).
    Do you think I should wet sand before applying the clear coat (I use spray cans) ?
    Thanks
     

  17. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talk Member

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  18. DannyHescock

    DannyHescock Strat-Talk Member

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    Apr 21, 2016
    Bernardston, Massachusetts
    Aaaahhhh "Orange peel"!!! There are tons of great resources in this forum for painting - I read almost all of them and sprayed clear over both types (with and without wet sanding) Wet sanding made a MUCH better, even & level surface - equaling a more Pro finish. The other one I beat the heck out of and (gasp) relic'd a bit (my avatar pic) both were fun learning process' - good luck!!

    PS - great color selection BTW
     
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  19. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 28, 2016
    Netherlands
    Lesson I learned the hard way: Be careful how much water you use when sanding. I got a water in some pre-drilled holes, the wood expanded and screwed up my finish...
     
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  20. waltschwarzkopf

    waltschwarzkopf Strat-Talk Member

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    May 17, 2017
    Zürich
    Great job! The guitar is looking fantastic, can't wait to see it finishes. I am also thinking about ordering one of those kits, but a Tele and put a Humbucker on the neck (it's already routed for it). But I don't know if buying a finshed Harley Benton and upgrading te hardware and electronica would be better/cheaper/easier.
    Keep up the good work!