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Thinking about starting another build.

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by axejock, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    I have built 10 Strats since I came to this site and have really created some nice ones, all with different features like color, neck, pups, and such. I am now thinking of doing another, perhaps more difficult and different than those that I have already built. I was thinking about doing a hardtail version with unusual pup usage, but realize that I actually have that in my Yamaha Pac 611 HFM, and it would be difficult to improve on that one.

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    So, if I want to make an actual Fender Strat hardtail, it appears that I would have to get a Robert Cray body and the parts that would fit it (pretty much what I already have in the Yamaha). So, what would be more fun and a bigger challenge would be to build an authentic Strat with a Floyd Rose Tremolo and 3 metal covered hot humbuckers between the bridge and the neck, with some wild control mechanism for the pups. I would like it to all fit in a standard Strat body and use a standard Strat neck so that it can use as many real Fender parts as possible. The big question on this one will be to find a body in the "right" color with swimming pool route and a Fender neck that will accept the string stop up at the nut. Anybody got any ideas about the feasibility of this and where I might find a good body for it?
     
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    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Check out Eden guitars for the body. In order to get the swimming pool you may have to route the wings out of it. Here is one that i built using a MIJ Fender Strat neck with the Eden body equipped with a Floyd and an HSS configuration. As far as the string lock goes you can either use a behind the nut lock like the Kahlers used to use or like this one just let the locking nut overhang the headstock a bit like so.
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  3. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    I see these Eden bodies on Epay for very low prices, like $85 OBO. Are they any good? I'm not against going with a non-Fender body, but I would like that body to be routed for the basic pickup/electronics installation and to have the neck socket fit a standard Fender neck. Any comment on these matters? Oh, and are the woods and finishes used any good? Maybe I'll try the "low-cost" approach!
     
  4. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    You have built 10? in 15 months? Have you thought about making the body yourself?
     
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    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    I've certainly thought about it, but really don't have the skills, equipment, or facilities to take on such a project. I've always been good mechanically, but working with building or shaping wood was never one of my strengths. I certainly admire those who can do it and have seen some gorgeous results.
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    If you do, you could start simply with an un-routed body already shaped. I do understand space limitations. And consider the source, as when I was single living in a ground level apartment I had a contractors table saw sitting in the corner that I wheeled out.
     
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