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Input on planning my first Strat build.

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by va3ext, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    The Strat on the right is a
    FENDER CLASSIC SERIES ’50S STRATOCASTER® NECK, LACQUER FINISH, 21 VINTAGE FRETS, SOFT “V” SHAPE, MAPLE FINGERBOARD. 7.25" Radius. 0990061921


    The middle Strat is the same, but in poly.

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  2. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Sanded to 320gt.

    Now deciding how to finish to make the grain pop.
    Maybe a light Amber dye, light brown burst around edge & clear gloss finish?

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    Thoughts?

    Scott
     
  3. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

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    A darker stain that is sanded back will make the grain more prominent. Great if you can test it on some of your chunks that were cut away during initial shaping. My favorite Strat was done with this process (not by me). IMG_0391.JPG
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Should I use a sanding sealer first, so the stain doesn't sink into the end grain more than on the face?
     
  5. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

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    Since you are planning to do a burst that is less of an issue. There are lot of products and methods. That is why your scrap pieces are so valuable. Gives you a chance to experiment on the same wood without risk.
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Thanks.

    Will play with the scraps & see.
     
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    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    The grain on that body is beautiful. Fill the grain with shellac, and overcoat with tru-oil. Allow to fully cure, then buff.
     
  8. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    I was originally thinking about Tru-Oil.
    Then I was thinking of dark garnet schellac, sanding back down, with Brite-Tone Instrument Finish.

    But the Tru-Oil might be nice also.

    Decisions, decisions.
     
  9. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Got the rear control route done today.

    Second photo is outside in natural light. Shoes the grain off well.

    Made the templates out of 1/2" MDF.

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    Using long shaft pots. I routed deeper for the switch.
    Next will be a walnut cover. Going to use another portion of the plank to match the grain as close as possible.

    Thinks went well.

    Scott
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Got the switch mounted & parts mocked up for looks.

    Now decisions on Black or Chrome pickup covers. Black or Chrome bridge.

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    Should have went with a Pau Ferro neck? My Son's Tele neck for comparison.

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    The wood will change quite a bit with finish.


    Don't know if I'll sleep tonight thinking about it.
     
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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

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    All nice peices. I'm a fan of both Pau and Maple. Cant go wrong with either . Maybe a second build down the road?
     
  12. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Already planning a Tele build next.


    :)
     
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    Nadnitram Most Honored Senior Member

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    It's gorgeous either way.

    How will the wood change with finish? Will it darken? If so, that's perfect to provide a little contrast with the maple neck. If it were my guitar, I'd go with all black hardware.
     
  14. va3ext

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    Here is a sample I did with a couple coats of Tung Oil.

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    Hope to darken further.
     
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    Not trying to influence you, but thought you might like to see how my walnut body looks. I recently redid this body with just a wipe on poly finish. A few coats in and the grain really comes to life. I've had ver similar results with things like Formby's Tung Oil as well. Honestly I think I prefer the feel of a fully cured tung oil finish. This has a nice feel as well, just a bit different.

    Your work though, looks really great so I'm sure whatever you choose it will be gorgeous.


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    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    UmpaHimself Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks great so far. I'm in the process of putting together a high end partscaster but currently waiting on parts to be completed and delivered so these pics are great in the meantime :D
     
  18. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Worked on the Walnut Tele for my Buddy's son today.

    Did the contours, drilled the holes for neck & strings. Drilled the holes for wires to control cavity.

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    Scott
     
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    va3ext Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Control cavity

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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster

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    Nice choice on the Twangbanger, possibly the finest pickup in the Seymour Duncan range. Even though our rep from SD here on the forum doesn't seem to know it exists & has never been known to recommend it.

    o_O