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David Gilmour Red EMG Strat Build

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by R-Dizzle, Oct 4, 2019.

  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

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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.
     
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  5. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

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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

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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

    jayoldschool Mod Admin Staff Member

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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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