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  1. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Hi !

    After practising a bit on a mockup (https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/first-build-from-scratch-practice-mockup.512422/) I'm planning the real build.

    First thing first, the specs:
    - body: alder, 2 pieces
    - maple neck, C shape
    - rosewood fingerboard, 9.5" radius
    - 21 medium jumbo frets
    - Spertzel locking tuners, staggered
    - Fender LSR roller nut
    - no string tree, thanks to the 2 previous ones
    - 3 Lace sensor gold pickups
    - Emerson blender kit (master volume, master tone, blender pot)
    - 6 points tremolo bridge with bent steel saddles, pop-in arm
    - 3 ply white pickguard, white knobs
    - finish: graffiti yellow, but a bit darker

    I still have basic tools: hand router, jigsaw, hand drill, rasps, chisels, dremel, ... + a basic fret job kit.
    I think I will get myself a drill press and an orbital sander.

    These will be the hardest points I think:
    - installing the roller nut + fretting accordingly
    - finishing

    I'm currently gathering the pieces.

    Stay tuned!
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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  3. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Wood
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  4. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Templates, the inlays will make the job much easier.

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  5. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Most of the parts

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    I need to grab the pickups, the bridge and the machine heads.
     
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    Olly White Strat-Talk Member

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    Good luck, mon ami! Your 'mock up' looked fantastic, it took me a dozen builds to come up with something so clean and precise.....:(
    Will be watching with interest.
     
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    Thanks !
     
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    Good luck, you have my intrest. I can't wait to see it done.
     
  9. Cajunboy2k

    Cajunboy2k Strat-Talk Member

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    Wish I could do the scratch build. I just dont have the patience any more.
    I can't wait to see pictures when its done.

    See there, I'm way to impatient.
     
  10. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wow. Very nice. Best of luck. Don't hesitate to ask the forum for further advice. A wealth of knowledge here.
     
  11. Jesse414

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    Cool hope it turns out great make som pics when its done :)
     
  12. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    What?! The first one was practice? If there was perfect pitch for guitar making... I'ld say you have it.
     
  13. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    SMac has a nice metal guide that comes with a pin. That makes it easy to properly index the fret board for the next slot cut. I used it in a jig I made for a table saw. But it can be used in a variety of jigs.
     
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