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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by lukido86, Oct 6, 2019.

  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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  6. Olly White

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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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  7. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    Thanks !
     
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    Smokey3 Strat-Talker

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    Good luck, you have my intrest. I can't wait to see it done.
     
  9. Cajunboy2k

    Cajunboy2k New 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.
     
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  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

    Jesse414 Strat-O-Master

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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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    Subscribed looking forward to watching the progress
     
  15. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    I am currently preparing the body blanks to be glued together.
    They need to be square and flat.
    I have no jointer, no plane.
    I use a sanding beam, a wider and shorter sanding block, and I check with a straight edge and a square.
    This takes forever, and I am busy at so many other things.

    I also have drawn the center lines on all my templates.
     
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  16. lukido86

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    garyhoos1 Huffing n Puffing. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Good luck will be watching if I ever find the time I would love to try.:thumb:
     
  18. lukido86

    lukido86 Strat-Talker

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    I am pretty satisfied at this point

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    Next step : glueing the two body blanks
     
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  19. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    If you can find these panel clamps, they are really handy for gluing up panels (i.e. edge gluing boards). I use biscuits when doing panels.

    Panel Clamp.jpg

    You supply the wooden part of the clamp. That way you can make them the length you need. Mine were made by wood river.
     
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  20. MrNeutron

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    Those are nice camps, Bowmap!:thumb: I may have a need for something like that in the future..... Thanks for posting that!
     
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