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When a Strat Goes On a Diet (custom content)

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  1. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    So last night I started on my next project which will be a Christmas gift for a 17 year old guitar player whose dad happens to be a sergeant on the KCPD. The proud dad asked me to set him up a customized Strat that will be very close to an Aztec gold. This will be the build thread.
    I started with a 1997 MIC Affinity Strat that was built to full size specs.
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    I have already given it a full refret with jumbo frets before I decided to sell it.
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    I also changed the tuners to a set of Fender 2 pin staggered tuners.
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    I was getting ready to put it up for sale when Sarge contacted me about a custom guitar for his son who plays so we worked a deal and I started stripping the body last night. So some time last night and tonight with a heat gun and a flat file used as a scraper and I was through the thick poly.


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    More to come.

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  2. SilvaStrat

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    I am no professional painter , but striping all the way to the wood Looks like too much work ,
     
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    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Here comes the diet part. The body started out identical to my 1995 MIC Bullet Series Strat that I've had since new...including the swimming pool route. It was a little on the chunky side around the contours and the edges were overly defined.
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    Since the body had a little too much on it so it needed some liposuction done. After trimming the fat off this body with a belt sander and several sanding blocks over a couple hours it is left with some really sexy curves. Plus I worked the edges down so the contours, though deep, are subtle in feel.
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    It's now very reminiscent of my '94 Squire Series Strats. A little more sanding over the rest of the body and it will be ready to prime.

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  4. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    After doing a couple I have it down pretty well and it only takes a couple hours. Plus I am completely recontouring the body.

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    Very cool, looks like you did a great fret job. And love new contour.
     
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    Looks cool. Following.
     
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    Cool , I try
    I tried once , I messed up the body
    Really bad , i was a Chepo one anyway, can’t wait to see the end result of yours , keep pics coming
     
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    Lookin good...
     
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    Awesome
     
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    Looks great so far!
     
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    Gonna be a nice'n!!
     
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    I can't believe you got down to bare wood so fast. I really like the trimmed down look. You might have found a niche there...
     
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    I've found that with a good heat gun and an 8 inch flat file, I can clean the poly completely off of a Strat body in less than 3 hours. Problem is that it takes 3 days to clean up the mess.

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  14. Groovey

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    Allways great work @Believer7713 ! Love those contours!! I've done similar, although mine were by accident.

    What's happening in the pic of the drill press and the tuner? Is that an old tuner coming off?
     
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    Thank you @Groovey. That pic of the tuner with the drill is me using a drilling guide to convert the headstock over to the Fender two pin tuners. It originally had the trap tuners on it then it was changed to the tuners with set screws in it. They weren't in very good shape and I had this set left over from a trade I made with @heltershelton earlier this year since he doesn't like the staggered tuners. Here is another pic of it in use.

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    Here is the bit that I use with a brass collet on it to set the depth.
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    And the finish product.
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    More pictures please!
     
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    Great job!

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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aw man. Thank you. A drill guide. Did you make that guide?
     
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    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Naw brother, I bought it. I came across this one on eBay that is a knockoff of the one Stew-Mac sells for about 1/3 the price.
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/272054634197
    I've used it on over a dozen guitars in the last couple years so it was a great investment for me.

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  20. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dude. @Believer7713 . It's the 'can't see the forest for the trees.' I never saw that thing. Thank you!!
     
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