So I got a strat kit for Christmas. At the same time, I decided to buy a Squier CV 60s strat, so that's my vintagey strat taken care of.
This means I get to do something more interesting with the kit. I'm going to go for a slightly seventies vibe on it (but with things I like changed). So, for the body I'm going to stain it mahogany and the tru-oil it hopefully to the point that it has a lacquer like finish, which should involve lots and lots of sanding, but if I fuck it up I will still have a nicish satin finish, I'm hoping. Neck will be oiled and also hopefully similarly lacquerey. Headstock is 50s style because I far, far prefer the shape.
For electronics I'm hoping to eventually end up with a Lace Sensor set (red, silver and blue) which I'm going to wait and try to grab cheap on ebay. Black scratchplate. I might then play with the electronics and see if there's anything else I want to do with it.
Eventually I might upgrade the bridge to a Wilkinson.
Today though, I took the neck into school and started on the headstock using a hegner saw and a bandfacer. Still a few burn marks and odd bits, but nothing some sandpaper and a bit of filing won't fix. Quite pleased, although there is a bit to be done on the treble side past the nut to make the back of the headstock match up with the new shape.
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Noice. I loved the Lace Red I got for bridge-position bucker-alike crunch or fuzzy goodness, wasn't that keen on the cleans... but the silver and blue do sound quite nice clean.
I would go with a 2-point bridge from the get-go if you're going to slap a Wilkinson on there, maybe check Wilky's 2-point spacing and find something cheap and cheerful to hold the place in the meantime.
I dread the day I have to cut out a headstock shape. I've done the little notch to make a kit Gibson the proper bookscroll shape, but that's it.
Strat projects are so common they always start with unadulterated optimism, never gets old. I love slapping a Strat together almost as much as I like it not quite working out and getting to take it apart and try another one. _________________
which one of you bastards sent me an ebay question asking if you can get teh kurdtz with that 64 mustang?
fran & paul are some of the original gangstas of the JS days when you'd have to say "phuck"
I have the benefit of the Technology and Design department of the school I teach at to take over if I'm going to mess anything up. Otherwise I might not have had the bravery to try to get this shape (it's always easy to spot a just off strat headstock).
I thought one of Wilkinsons things was that they had widened holes so spacing wasn't such a big issue? One, normal circular hole to locate the thing then the others have a bit of lee-way? _________________
it may just be the angle but those frets look HUGE! im digging the stained body look.
Yeah, I think that is the angle and the fact that phone camera lenses are kinda wide so can do weird things with perspective. When I had it strung up to make sure everything fitted, they felt like normal jumbo frets. _________________
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i don't have enough experience with oils and rubbed finishes. im sure there is some sort of tutorial thing. it may even be worthwhile to look at how gun stocks are done with oil since its the same process and i know that is a big thing, around here anyway. _________________ Dwarfcraft Devices
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