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  1. ledvedder

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    Here she is. The quality seems very nice for the price. I'm still decided whether to go with the mint pickguard or go with some other color. 20181105_110422_HDR~2.jpeg 20181105_110433_HDR~2.jpeg 20181105_110342_HDR~2.jpeg
     
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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Professor of Advanced Sarcasm Strat-Talk Supporter

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    How is the quality and weight on these?
     
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  3. ledvedder

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    The quality seems very nice. I haven't weighed it, but it's a similar weight to the ash body on my Frankenstrat.
     
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    Guy Named Sue Professor of Advanced Sarcasm Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Good luck!
     
  5. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Maybe my taste has changed over the last couple years. I normally don't like MK white or mint Green Pickguards but that will be a beautiful guitar as it sits. I don't think I would go with a different color at all. Good luck with the build.
     
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    What pickups are you running in that beauty?
     
  7. ledvedder

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    SD SSL5/SSL1 set.
     
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    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I too think it looks great just as it is, with that guard.

    That is going to be a great looking guitar!
     
  9. Lonn

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    I had an XGP body that was really nice looking and very good quality. Problem was NONE of the 4 necks I tried to put on it would fit in the neck pocket. Two MIM and 2 no names. Wasn't close either, almost 1/8 too narrow. I'm sure it was an oddball though as I've never heard anyone else with that issue and they're a great price.
     
  10. ledvedder

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    Thanks! I'm hoping it'll be a great guitar. Warmoth vintage modern neck. Tru Oil finish. I'm still unsure if I want to go with that Wilkinson bridge, or if I want to go more traditional. Or even a 2 pt trem.
     
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    My Warmoth neck fits in the pocket perfectly.
     
  12. amstratnut

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    I. Guess Im that guy. I love the body but not the mint on it. I had a gfs mint guard for years on my strat. I eventually switched it out for parchment.

    Id give parchment a try.
     
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    A tip for you here. Do not drill or make any holes for the bridge and/or especially the pick guard until the bridge is precisely positioned! Still though, you want to use both of those items to make sure all lines up correctly first.

    Just My $.02,
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    Better yet install the tuners first, use two spare strings and line up the both E positions and see how close they're to the edge of the fretboard before you drill the hole for bridge.
     
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  15. ledvedder

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    Hmm, why does the parchment pickguard that I ordered look exactly like the mint one? IMG_20181110_144717.jpeg
     
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    Looks great!! Making me impatient as I have a Fiesta Red Telecaster body coming from them on Monday
     
  17. ledvedder

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    Thanks! But I ordered a parchment pickguard. And as you can see, Stratosphere sent me a mint one instead.
     
  18. ledvedder

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    I did a little bit of work today. Installed the neck and bridge. IMG_20181110_200839.jpeg
     
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    That’s certainly looks like mint in the photo you posted. I like it!

    I’ve got a few mint Strat pickguards. I like them with parchment pickup covers and knobs. It might be a little too subtle but that’s the look I go for. One day I intend to do a Mary Kaye Strat. It’s one of my favourite looks.
     
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