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Building a 60s style Strat

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by surfrie, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. surfrie

    surfrie New Member!

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    Hi,
    I`m a new member in this forum and I want to discribe a strato-project with Pictures.
    I´m from Germany - so please excuse my bad english.

    I decided to build a early 60s strat with alder Body, american mapple neck and indian rosewood fingerboard.
    I printed some constrcution plans and transfered it to some plywood pieces (6mm), so I made my first templates.


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    Today I received the tonewood. The Body blank and the neck are roasted - so they are darkened.
    I hope this will increase the tone.

    Took the neck blank and the fingerboard to a local carpenter to plane the gluing sufaces and have exactly 19mm thickness for the maple neck and 6mm for the fingerboard

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  2. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum! Great looking project. Hope to follow the updates.
     
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  3. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

    Mar 7, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    Good luck with it. I will follow along with great interest.
     
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  5. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Strat-Talker

    60s style strats are my favorite. Viel Glück (und viel Spass) mit dem Projekt!
     
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  6. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

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  7. What is it with this forum and mapple lately? ;)
    Anyway, that guitar-in-the-making looks sweet! Please tell me where you get the parts for the wiring!

    Und wenn wir schon alle versuchen, etwas anzugeben mit unserem Deutsch, möchte ich hiermit die Latte recht hoch hängen :p
    Viel Spaß beim... na ja, das ist ja nicht bloß Zusammenschrauben... einfach viel Spaß!
     

  8. Family Man

    Family Man Strat-O-Master

    I really admire folks who can take wood blanks and turn them into beautiful instruments. Can't wait to see the progress!
     

  9. surfrie

    surfrie New Member!

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    Hi, thanks for all your replies,

    yesterday I picked up the neck blank and the fingerboard from the Carpenter. Proper work...
    Together it mesures 25mm - clean sanded.

    I penciled a center-line, the nut Position, 12th fret and the end of the fingerboard.

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    the next step is Routing of the truss-rod cavity. It is a double action truss rod, vintage looking operating from the Body side.

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    Now i had raw cut the neck shape.

    by the way... I´ve already received some Hardware.

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  10. surfrie

    surfrie New Member!

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    The Indian rosewood fretboard is alreaddy slotted - I only had to cut the nut Slot. A perfect fit of the nut is very important for the tone Transfer.

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    With the next steps I willgive the neck and fretboard ist outer size. (Jigsaw Drillsander and tablerouter.)

    I fix the template with double sided tape for exact Routing.

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  11. surfrie

    surfrie New Member!

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    Before I glue the fretboard to the neck, I install the trussrod watching that it is flush with necks surface.
    I mask the trussrod erea with tape before applying the glue so that the glue doesn`t squeeze in the cavity.
    Finaly the tape should be removed.

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    Let it rest overnight...
     
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  12. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

    Mar 7, 2010
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  13. surfrie

    surfrie New Member!

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    So the fretboard is glued on and the neck is routed to the outside shape. i´ll match the body template at the neck pocket exactly to the neck-heel. that will be crucial to a good tone transfer.

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    the headstock is now reduced to a thickness of 14mm and the transition to the fretboard is shaped (the fretboard-transition is a bit to short :whistling: )

    Next steps are inserting claydots and sanding the fretboars radius ( 9,5 Inch ) with radius sanding block.
     
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  14. surfrie

    surfrie New Member!

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    Here are some new Pictures updated.

    Clay dots and side dots drilled.
    fretboard sanded to 9,5 " radius (2 hours work by hand... uff...).
    Tuner holes drilled.
    Dots fitted with superglue.
    The fretboard needs a final sanding with 400 - 600 grit sandingpaper.

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    up to now I think about pickups and wiring.

    Now I`ve ordered some Leosounds "red house" pickups.
    These are handwound from Germany.
    The price is very reasonable.
    Does anyone can tell me more about these pickups?

    Also I decided to mount a 4way switch.

    Neck - neck/middle - Bridge/middle - Bridge

    when I played astrat, I rarely used the middle PU alone.
     
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  15. I like the 4-way concept - I use it myself for the same reason.
    I'm not familiar with the pickups, but made in Germany is usually an indicator for highest quality, so no worries there.
     
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  16. surfrie

    surfrie New Member!

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    Hi,

    now the dots are in place and sanded flush,
    the backside of the neck has got ist final thickness, which is 22mm at the nut and 24mm at 12th fret.

    I routed it at the straigt sector between the transistion to the heel and the headstock.



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    With a Little help from my lacal carpenter, I planed the to pieces for the Body, so they are ready for gluing.
    (See the od clamps, which my grandfather already used in the 30s - he was a carpenter-master.



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    I`ve given the plastic parts a slight aging.

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    Attached Files:

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  17. kris ford

    kris ford Strat-Talker

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    The old coffee trick?
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    Really works!!
     

  18. surfrie

    surfrie New Member!

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    No...

    only some very fine steelwool and thinnered wood repair color .
     

  19. veehotel

    veehotel Strat-Talker

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    Apr 21, 2016
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    promising! looking foward to see the results
     

  20. antonowski

    antonowski New Member!

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    Super cool! Love 60s Strats so can't wait to see some more progress.

    Eventually I'd like to get to the point where I'm able to fashion bodies and necks from slabs...for now I think I'll stick to the ready made variety :D