David Gilmour Red EMG Strat Build

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  1. R-Dizzle

    R-Dizzle Strat-Talker

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    Wanted to document/show you all my recent MJT Strat build. My first Strat I built was the Gilmour Black Strat (check out my media section in my profile for pics on that one). So naturally, I wanted to make my second build after Gilmours Red EMG Strat. This might be a little long winded, so I apologize. I will update this thread as my parts flow in. Anyway, here's a list of parts that I'm using for this:

    • MJT candy apple red Strat body
    • Warmoth vintage modern neck, 59 round-back w/vintage tint, Stainless steel 6105 frets
    • Callaham Tremelo kit, includes all hardware and vintage Gotoh Tuners
    • Fender '57 1-ply pick-guard. (even though these things warp)
    • EMG DG-20s - I already own these pickups, so I took them out of my MIM Strat.
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    As you can see, this build isn't going to be an exact part for part replica of his guitar. For instance I went with the vintage modern neck because I'm not fond of the truss rod adjustment at the heel. So I will veer off with certain specs.

    Starting off I ran into the first issue with this Strat body. It's known that the '57 pickup cavities are routed shallower than modern Strat bodies. The EMGs are a tad bigger than regular passive pickups, so fitting them into the guitar requires it to be routed 3-4mm deeper. Gilmour also had this done. I'm not an expert luthier..clearly or carpenter, so my methods will probably be frowned at or questioned, but I got the job done nonetheless, even though it looks like trash. All I did was use my Dremel to route out the cavity little by little, making sure to take my time. I did nip some areas, but who cares, it'll be hidden.

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    It would probably been easier if I picked a different body so I wouldn't have to do all this modding, but I wanted to do it, gave me something to do :).
    Next step was installing the trem claw. This can be a pain if you don't have a long bit, but luckily I already had one from the previous build. Now some people will get pretty precise to make sure its in the right spot. I kinda eyeballed it and marked some spots, but didn't get too crazy with it.

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    After that, it was time to install the Callaham trem. It went in with no issues.

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    To be continued....
     
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  2. R-Dizzle

    R-Dizzle Strat-Talker

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    So the second issue I ran into was the input jack. MJT (Wildwood body?) routes tend to be a tad smaller. With the EMG input jack wires, the sides were just too tight. So I busted out the Dremel again and sanded out the route until the input jack had enough room.

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    That's whats been done so far. I'm still waiting on the neck, which should be here this month. I'm going to wait to do the pick-guard screws until I have the neck installed.

    The last major mod I have to do is the EMG battery route and backplate. Some people will just put the battery under the pick-guard, but thats not what I wanna do. I'll be cutting a spot on the rear trem cavity like the Clapton Strat and Gilmour had this done to his EMG Strats (I should have gotten that body LOL, save me the headache).
    I will update again once I get that neck in, since everything else kinda hinders on that.

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    Cheers!

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  3. Steven1145

    Steven1145 Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Lovely job! Have fun!
     
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  4. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice. The red Strat was always my fave Gilmour axe.
     
  5. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    Yes I’m a fan of the Red also ... love the Delicate Sound of Thunder video!!!
     
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  6. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I've done quite a bit of "routing" on the bodies of my "builds" using a hand held "Dremel-type" tool. I've been able to do fairly nice work on small things like deepening or enlarging pup cavities and adding necessary clearance for other items on the body. A steady hand and patience can yield some very high quality results. It looks like you did some good work using that method too. Nice looking project!
     
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  7. Boognish

    Boognish Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks great!
     
  8. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    That's very nice man! Wish building partscasters was easier where I live.
     
  9. jayoldschool

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    Nice work. My #1 is my CAR Strat Plus that I dropped my DG-20 setup into. It just does everything.

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  10. R-Dizzle

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    On my MIM, I placed the EMG battery underneath the pickguard. However, this time I didnt want that extra PITA and opted to do the battery route mod, like Gilmour did to his.

    I used a routing bit on my Dremel to cut the route for the battery. This was kinda a pain. Since I didn't have access to a proper router, so I had to do a hack job. Which doesnt bother me since itll be hidden behind a backplate anyway.

    I know the Clapton Strat has this already done, and when doing this part I wish I had gotten that body. Either way I got it done.

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    This pic below shows it roughly completed. My bit did jump on me once and zipped the edge a bit. I got lucky, itll be covered by the backplate.

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    More to follow when I'm able.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Can’t wait to see the rest!
     
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    jim293 Senior Stratmaster

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    You are doing a great job.
     
  14. Razorholt

    Razorholt New Member!

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    Hello Guys!

    I just started to buy parts to build the Red Strat (the Black one is done). However, I'm having a hard time finding a DG20 loaded pickguard (with SPC+EXG) in WHITE instead of ivory. Any idea where I could find one? Or is it possible to buy the ivory version and switch to a white pickguard?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  15. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

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    I had the same problem. EMG doesn't load these into anything but a pearl, so you have to get a new guard.
    Welcome btw.
     
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    Thanks for your quick reply! I wanted to make sure that I could switch to a white pickguard without ripping any electronics apart. Nice forum!
     
  17. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

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    Another member of the forum advised that the holes for the pots might need to be enlarged, but aside from that it should swap right over.
     
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  18. GilmourD

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    I built myself a Black Strat and I'd love to build myself a Red Strat... You're giving me massive GAS, man!
     
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    Just for you! ha! (That's David's)
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  20. R-Dizzle

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    Yeah, I just bought a 57' single ply for this build. Didnt have any issues moving it over. Ill upload some pics of the final build. Moved back from Italy recently so havent been able to update.

    Welcome!
     
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