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  1. bc-rush

    bc-rush Strat-Talk Member

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    So I'm going to give it a shot. Glued up a body blank from some select pine (4 piece body if you're curious). Got the outline traced out. IMG_20191107_173444826.jpg

    And roughed out on the bandsaw

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    Good luck with it. Looks like a good start.
     
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    Fender released an American FSR Pine Stratocaster a few years ago.

    They have a nice honey brown stain with a maple neck and from memory they sound warm and thick. If I found one of those at the right price I would jump on it.

    I'd build my own but I already have three Telecasters and two Stratocasters... At least one would have to go, if not two.

    I'll have to keep watching for the rest of your plans. I'm not normally a fan of the big headstock era, but for some reason I think a stained pine Strat would look best with a maple fb and big headstock!

    Just seeing if I can influence you! Lol.

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    bc-rush Strat-Talk Member

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    Here it is after some routing IMG_20191107_182313639.jpg

    I used some double sided tape to hold the profile on, but didn't peel off the top of every piece. I did that for a reason: it gives the template enough support to not bend under the weight of the router, and also I can quickly switch to the cavity template once I peel off the rest of the protective paper. Here's what I'm left with currently, though I need to make these routs deeper (aside from the neck pocket)
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    The back still needs routed, I need to take some measurements from another guitar and also the trem/bridge before I can continue too much
     
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    Great start! Lots of fun ahead!!
     
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    Great progress so far, good luck !

    Are you gonna make the neck as well ?
     
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    Have you weighed it yet?

    The Fender pine FSR's were typically less than 7lbs all in. That's not bad... but as a 4 piece you could have chambered it, too. Although it may have ended up taking nose dives then.

    My pine Telecaster is a little heavy.

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    Welcome to the addiction! Good work. The primary need is to make sure the neck pocket angle lines up with the trem route. Look forward to seeing the progress.

    Eric
     
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    +1 on EAllen's post. Measure thrice before making the holes and the pocket cut. I prefer a tapered heel, ala Deluxe but that work comes after the pocket is done. Always clamp the neck on the body when setting the alignment. A little wiggle can mean alot of error.
     
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    These are some of my favorite threads. I really love these build from scratch threads.
     
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    very very good start...looking forward for the next stages.......
     
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  12. bc-rush

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    Not as of right now, however I do plan on making a neck for it in the future! Currently have a neck ordered, but that doesn't mean I won't be trying to make one in the near future.

    I have not weighed it yet, but having one on the chunkier side won't bother me as I mainly play while seated. Also I'm not super familiar with chambering, I know there's a certain way to do it in thinlines, but have no idea where to start for a future build!


    That's what I was thinking! I've held off on routing more until all my parts arrive.
     
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    As long as you avoid making the fingerboard...you can make the neck as well even for a first build.....but a ready made neck ll for sure make your project a success.I agree 100% about aligning everything properly...that the only thing that could f up your project....;)
     
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    Today I ended up doing a little bit of routing. Couldn't resist!

    I went ahead and rounded over the edges and started carving out the arm rest area.
    IMG_20191110_200940141.jpg

    Here's a view of the back
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    That's all for now, still need to carve the belly cutout, do more sanding, and wait for my parts to come in.

    As far as finishing goes, I want to let the wood show through and also want to do a burst finish. Probably going to stain the body with a brown and red blend. More than likely I'll use walnut and red oak to achieve this. Also planning on a simple black burst.
     
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    Did you do all your routing by hand? The control cavities and pickup cavities look top notch. I could press the button on a CNC machine and screw it up.

    NC
     
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    that is a nice peace of wood. you do good work.
     
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    bc-rush Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you, and yes, I do all my routing by hand. Just gotta take it slow so I don't make too many mistakes!
     
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    Great job so far!
     
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    bc-rush Strat-Talk Member

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    Parts finally came in! For the most part everything fit right into place, and I'm happy the neck pocket is good and snug.

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    Also did some staining on the back

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    Looks kinda neat, I might just keep it like that and not do the burst


    Edit: forgot to mention I did the belly cutout as well. I used a pretty aggressive rasp to remove a lot of wood, then used 120 grit paper to sand out the tool marks. After the 120 I finished with 220, which felt really smooth to me. Had some grain raise up after staining (oil based), so I decided to try my hand at scraping, rather than sanding. It had a pretty neat effect, and it seems to have a satin finish. Was planning on using polyurethane as a clear, but I might end up using Tru oil on it because I like the look and feel.
     
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  20. bc-rush

    bc-rush Strat-Talk Member

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    Apologies for the double post, but I just put on a coat of Ipswich pine over what I had, and I think it really improved the look. Now I'm thinking a higher gloss finish might look better, I currently have some gloss polyurethane, gloss lacquer, and z-poxy. It's up in the air what I'll end up doing now.
     

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