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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by Vinnie1971, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    I have a lefty strat copy which I got as non-working for £15. I have levelled the frets and flipped the nut to make it basically right handed, and replaced the jack which was worn and corroded - not making contact.

    It plays nicely and for cheap ceramics single coil pickups it does sound alright. I guess Trevor Wilkinson really turned up the quality on Encore guitars. Back in the 80s they were bad.

    It place really well, the reverse headstock makes it feel slinky and I only use one string tree on the bottom e and a as the break angle is negligible on those without. It’s easy to tune ( I have a Firebird so I am used to a reverse headstock)

    It’s routed HSH so my plan is HSS using spare alnico 5 single coils off another project and an alnico 2 vintage wind humbucker. Also replacing the left handed pots with right handed too.

    But I find the high fret access tricky. How did Jimi do it? This was meant to be a parts bin guitar ....
    Is it worth finding a cheap right hand body?
    or persevere and work on the technique for my little hands to get to the high frets?
     

  2. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.
    Just get used to it. I have a lefty Strat and it’s just about impossible to hit some of the high notes. Jimi did it cause ... well he was Jimi!
     
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  3. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    31
    571
    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    I think he did it something like this.
     

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  4. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Strat-Talker

    487
    Oct 25, 2012
    Southern California
    I did a left hand body Warmoth Black Korina strat with a roasted Maple right hand reverse headstock tele neck (body routed universal and I routed a space to mount a pot near the bridge pickup) and a pickguard routed for 2 humbuckers (and no control routs) and added a pair of Seymour Duncan Phat Cats, a fixed Schaller roller bridge. Looks and sounds great.
     
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  5. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    I played it today, the neck feels good but I am really struggling past fret 17. Tiny hands! My little pinky only just manages a whole step bend at fret 20!
     

  6. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    I must practice the expression/ that’s what I am doing wrong

    I find the controls awkward too...
     

  7. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    28
    176
    May 6, 2017
    Canberra
    Pics of said guitar?
     
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  8. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Here it is - nothing exciting to look at yet. Just finished it’s neck action and intonation setup. I am undecided about getting a right handed body before I get an HSS pickups and load up my HSS combo.


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  9. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    28
    176
    May 6, 2017
    Canberra
    Top marks for the totoro pillow, Nice looking gutar too!
     
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  10. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.
    Here’s a old video of me goofing around with mine ..,

     
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  11. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Nice!
    Do you find the high frets and controls awkward or do you get used to it?
     

  12. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.
    It’s awkward but you get used to it.. you have to play it a while then it feels normal. But I had problem but the sound is perfect so when I really really want that sound I play it.
     

  13. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Got an 1950s PAF with alnico 5 ( a 59?) and some alnico 5 single coils lined up.

    Check out the decal for my headstock - tongue in cheek!

    I may yet get a right handed body but slowly getting used to it.

    If nothing else I’ll put right handed controls on it though

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  14. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

    Mar 7, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    You always have good decals!
     
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  15. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    There are guys who make them to your requirements on eBay. And they are cheap!

    Nothing worse than seeing fake fender decals but I love the tongue in cheek decal for the partscaster guys !
     

  16. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Here’s my headstock decal

    Just needs a couple of coats of wipe on lacquer and a polish and it’s done

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    I ended up getting a right hand body looks like a Squier SE going on the dimensions : full body thickness, trem and rout.

    Needs stickers removing and I got a mint green HSS pickguard to load some better Alnico pickups in ...

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  17. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Those stickers on the body put up a fight - but I got them off:

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  18. Thin69

    Thin69 Strat-Talker

    472
    Nov 16, 2009
    Galveston, TX
    I don't get it. Why not a R hand guitar for a righty and a lefty for a lefty. Jimi only used a lefty as there was no righty made.
     

  19. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Because I had a spare lefty guitar and I am right handed.

    I have a Firebird and I love the feel of a reverse headstock- feels slinky .
     

  20. Vinnie1971

    Vinnie1971 Strat-O-Master

    964
    Nov 14, 2015
    U.K.
    Stickers gone and dings repaired to give a “road worn” look, it’s better than it looked before. The stickers were hiding some battle scars!

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    Interesting bridge with guides for the outer saddles to keep things in line

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    Interesting pickups - big ceramic bar magnet with vintage staggered poles and low output wind 5.7 k - quite unusual for budget pickups. They are being replaced anyway....

    I have no idea what this body is, I thought it was a Squier SE but on closer inspection it isn’t. It’s full depth solid wood possible Alder or Basswood. It’s got a non - standard belly cut in that it’s still quite thick there and more squared angle.

    But I got it because the neck pocket dimensions are a match for my lefty neck pocket.

    Here it is mocked up:

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