Just finished my lightweight build, and loving it!

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  1. ElementMan

    ElementMan Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi Everybody--I wanted a lightweight Strat, so I built one with that intent. Very happy with the results. To keep the weight under 7lbs, I used a Warmoth chambered body (thinline style), and to prevent neck dive, I used Hipshot tuners with pearloid buttons. The bridge is a SuperVee Bladerunner, but with Callaham saddles, a steel block, and the longer arm. Pickups are Mojotone Quiet Coils, which are very, very good. The neck is an inexpensive Allparts neck, which I finished in Liberon Finishing Oil. The neck did require some fret leveling and end filing, plus I rolled the edges. It is now better than the neck on my American Professional.

    Hope you like it :) Starting a Tele now...

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  2. Ampedup

    Ampedup Strat-Talker

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    Looks sweet! Must sound different being a semi hollow. I like light weight too. My no name strat is super light. I hate my wife's Les Paul it's so heavy, I refuse to play that thing.
     
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  3. nungesser

    nungesser crash into your windshield of love

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    very nice looks amazing
     
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    jbylake Fabulously Famous Nobody Silver Member

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    Beautiful. Tell us how she sounds.
     
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  5. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    Maybe not... let's ask @ElementMan.
     
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    Cali Dude Senior Stratmaster

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    Beautiful work. Cool guitar.
     
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    Mr Jagsquire Strat-Talker

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    That looks great and a cool room to photograph it in too. :)

    I thought I was buying a reasonably light body for my recent build, but I didn't weigh it until I'd already done some work on the body...they lied. :(

    Along with a fat neck and all the usual Strat parts mine actually weighs more than my Les Paul at 4.1 Kgs (9lbs). A wide strap helps, but I think you had the better idea.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    That's nice.
     
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    DIYrocker Senior Stratmaster

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    Super cool! :thumb:
     
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    Sweet !

    Gr8 job ;)
     
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    ElementMan Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi everyone! To answer some of the questions:

    At this point, the sound is pretty much identical to my solid body Strats. However, this was not initially the case. Before I swapped out the standard zinc saddles and aluminum trem block on the Blade Runner, the tone was quite dark and missing highs. I changed the pickups at the same time, and now the guitar is alive. And really light (6 lbs 14oz.)

    To be fair, the Blade Runner bridge is exceptional, if expensive. Combined with the Hipshot locking tuners, the guitar stays in tune incredibly well, far better than my other guitars. I love the “action” on the tremelo (not too soft, not too firm), and since I play finger style, the longer bar was essential, since I cradle the bar in my hand continuously. The Hipshot tuners are also great, and light as well.

    Hope this is informative. The key lesson I learned, and of course your mileage may vary: a chambered strat can lose some of the highs unless you engineer against that, which I initially didn’t do. And yes, if I did it again, I would opt for maple rather than rosewood.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Arcade1up !!!!!
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    I love my chambered mahogany Strat.
     
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    ElementMan Strat-Talk Member

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    They are awesome!

    ljm
     
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    pcampbell Strat-Talker

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    Excellent! Looks fantastic!
     
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    ElementMan Strat-Talk Member

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    One more thing to mention: with the Hipshot staggered locking tuners, there was no need for a string tree. I liked that!
     
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    Was the Warmoth body purchased with that finish? It's quite nice.
     
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    Re: your Tremolo
    What type of springs and how many did you use?
     
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    ElementMan Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi--The finish is indeed from Warmoth, and they did a beautiful job on it. It is Tobacco Burst in a gloss finish. Body weight was 3.6lbs.
     
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    I used the standard springs that were supplied with the BladeRunner tremelo. There were three supplied, and I used all three, in a parallel pattern. Hope that helps! I have trem floating 1/8" above the body.