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Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by Torvald, May 14, 2019.

  1. Torvald

    Torvald Strat-Talk Member

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    Just finished my first S type. I've been messing around with it for the better part if a year off and on to get it where I wanted it. My brother had some chunks of figured maple. I took the two least attractive pieces since it was the first time I'd tried making a body from raw materials. The neck is from a Peavey Raptor. I chose it mostly because of the truss rod wheel at the heel like the Music Man guitars have, and I liked the headstock design. The humbucker is a Dimarzio Virtual PAF, same as the Music Man silhouette guitars use. The singles are from Swenson Electric, in Pocatello. They sound darn good!
    Took me about 3 tries to get the pickguard the way I wanted. I'm pretty happy with it, except that 20190428_071508.jpg 20190420_110233.jpg 20190428_071603.jpg 20190428_071702.jpg neck is pretty darn skinny!
    Oh, and those are Planet Waves locking tuners. Love 'em!
     
  2. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Strat-Talker

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    Awesome looking axe and congrats :thumb: How does she play?
     
  3. rolandson

    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think you've accomplished something to be quite proud of. Outstanding indeed!
     
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  4. Torvald

    Torvald Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks, guys!
    She plays wonderful. I'm actually quite good at set ups, including leveling and crowning frets. I've done about 5 of my own and a few for friends. If you want that 5/64 on the low E and 4 or less on the high e , they gotta be pretty level!
     
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  5. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    awesome first run !
     
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    considering the fact that is your first attempt i would say that is an awesome job....congrats!!!!
     
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    Supernut Strat-Talker

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    Gorgeous. You should be proud.
     
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    Nice job, well done!
     
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  9. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow -- I love every last inch of it. The 3x3 headstock looks great, and I absolutely love the character of what you called "the least attractive" pieces of maple. You killed it!
     
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  10. Torvald

    Torvald Strat-Talk Member

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    Well, the other pieces I thought I'd save til I got a little better at it. Then there's this piece of alder I should do something with. Alder is almost a weed here in western Washington. And my brother has a small sawmill. Sort of a hobby of his.
    Thanks for the kind words!
     
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  11. Torvald

    Torvald Strat-Talk Member

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    Correction! Those are Hipshot locking tuners! I hate mistakes. The knurled cylindrical knobs are easier to use than the standard knobs, believe it or not.
     
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