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A couple of Stratocasters...

melomanarock
February 18th, 2012, 07:49 PM
Well.. since I've finished my double bound tele I started a couple of strats..

Strat #1:
Paulownia Body
One piece guatambu neck
gotoh Hardtail
gotoh Tuners
Pu's: Fender CS '54
Color: Surf green

kinda like this one:

http://img.buzznet.com/assets/imgx/7/0/1/1/1/2/1/orig-7011121.jpg

Strat #2:
lenga body (alder type)
flame maple neck
Bois de rose fretboard
gotoh tremolo bridge
gotoh Tuners
Pu's: Fender CS '69
Color: Vintage white

kinda like this one:

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/KGrHqEOKpQE3stOkjrBO6B4qs_3.jpg

here's the wood..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC04697.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06289.jpg

bois de rose is a bit heavier and with a more closed grain than regular rosewood.. here's a comparative pic..

Palisander, bois de rose and ebony..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06290.jpg

I didn't take too many pics of the process..

sanding to final thickness

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06327.jpg

Routed

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06619.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06620.jpg

Paulownia..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06622.jpg

and both necks..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06621.jpg

more to come..

cheers..

Colt W. Knight
February 18th, 2012, 09:19 PM
cool

juanitodeadhead
February 18th, 2012, 09:28 PM
que hermosas stratos, lindisimo laburo muy pero muy prolijos estan

melomanarock
May 12th, 2012, 04:21 PM
slow motion on this build..

some progress pictures:

heel access..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06759.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06760.jpg

skunk..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06772.jpg

glued

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06774.jpg

trueing the fretboard

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06778.jpg

It's a great rosewood.. but stains anything it touches..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06779.jpg

hide glued..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC06775.jpg

and a time jump..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07027.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07028.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07031.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07032.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07033.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07034.jpg

32soundz
May 12th, 2012, 04:31 PM
wow! you are incredibly good, do you also build and sell guitars?

melomanarock
May 13th, 2012, 01:02 AM
wow! you are incredibly good, do you also build and sell guitars?

Thanks man! you're too kind.. I build guitars for fun and for myself.. :-)

freaktone
May 13th, 2012, 07:09 PM
These are going to be fantastic!! They look great!

bullfrogblues
May 13th, 2012, 08:58 PM
Great looking bodies, nice job!!

melomanarock
May 14th, 2012, 03:24 AM
These are going to be fantastic!! They look great!

Great looking bodies, nice job!!

Thank you!

kwerk
May 15th, 2012, 09:07 AM
Cool, man. Can't wait to see more of these!

mocata
May 15th, 2012, 01:56 PM
great stuff!!

jkingma
May 15th, 2012, 02:04 PM
I build guitars for fun and for myself.. :-)

That's the best kind of building. :cool:

Awesome work. Everything looks great.

free2rock
May 16th, 2012, 07:53 AM
A double build. Nice!

Guitar novice
May 16th, 2012, 10:14 AM
Builds look so clean. great job.

Do you usually do heel access instead of headstock access?

What tool are you using in the drill press for thicknessing?

Cheers

jpbturbo
May 16th, 2012, 10:25 AM
In the first shot it looks like a 3M hookit sanding disc.
http://www.amazon.com/3M-Hookit-9173NA-5-Inch-Reusable/dp/B00004Z4E0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337178138&sr=8-1

I've got one I use in my Radial Arm Saw and it works great.

OpenG Capo4
May 16th, 2012, 11:28 AM
How is the Guatambu to work with? I saw a big slab of it at woodcraft recently and it seems like good stuff for building necks.

melomanarock
May 16th, 2012, 04:54 PM
Builds look so clean. great job.

Do you usually do heel access instead of headstock access?

What tool are you using in the drill press for thicknessing?

Cheers

Yes, I tend to put the access hole in the heel because you need to make the headstock too thin to get needed angle to access a double action rod from the top. Some people use a thicker board with a headstock offset but I don't like that.

In the first shot it looks like a 3M hookit sanding disc.
http://www.amazon.com/3M-Hookit-9173NA-5-Inch-Reusable/dp/B00004Z4E0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337178138&sr=8-1


Nailed it! I have a bunch of them from different brands.. nice little add-on

How is the Guatambu to work with? I saw a big slab of it at woodcraft recently and it seems like good stuff for building necks.

It's great to work with, it's a very homogeneus wood, no weird grain in it. It's heavier, denser and a bit darker sounding than maple. If I had easy access to maple boards (which I don't) I wouldn't use it mostly because it tends to move quite a bit so you need to get it perfectly dry and stable. The thing is that over here is really cheap.

Thanks everybody!

ordenes10
May 16th, 2012, 05:03 PM
Bien hecho!!!!

melomanarock
June 2nd, 2012, 04:49 PM
Frets are in..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07040.jpg

And started filling the pores on the paulownia strat..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07036.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07037.jpg

;)

ModerneGuy
June 2nd, 2012, 06:02 PM
Love watching your work - it is very inspiring partly because it's really high quality. You've even got me thinking about Strats again:oops:. Cheers

melomanarock
March 22nd, 2013, 05:06 PM
And almost a year later I got to pait!

Just the white nitro base coat but I'm getting there

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07672_zps2889c5af.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07673_zpsca7f9ec5.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07674_zps363fcd6a.jpg

melomanarock
March 24th, 2013, 12:31 PM
And the color coat

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07679_zps40d7efab.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07678_zpsd8ef0970.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07676_zpsa97b0b1c.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07677_zps3d338601.jpg

I think that the color is a little past on the blue side, making it closer to a seafoam green, but I'm hoping that the nitro yellowing will pop up some of the green..

Cheers!

adirondak5
March 24th, 2013, 12:51 PM
Looking good melomanarock , yea , that looks like seafoam , I like :wink:

melomanarock
March 26th, 2013, 08:23 AM
Looking good melomanarock , yea , that looks like seafoam , I like :wink:

Thanks Herb! It'll get greener you'll see..
BTW the lester is coming superb!!

melomanarock
April 19th, 2013, 05:28 PM
We had good weather today so I sprayed a couple of coats..
Today it was aged nitro time..
Here's the aged jar next to the fresh lacquer..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07681_zpsdf8b9e39.jpg

Over the white body it just nails that vintage white tone.. pictures don't show it well.. don't know why..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07682_zpsf5a8a72d.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07683_zpsaf4bb3fe.jpg

It also brings the neck to like killing that nasty pale maple tone..

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07684_zps118bbd59.jpg

Here's the happy couple.. this pics shows the body's color a bit better.

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07685_zpsc2d5ff97.jpg

cheers!

bullfrogblues
April 19th, 2013, 06:07 PM
Sweet!!

Glen Smith
April 20th, 2013, 01:09 AM
Beautiful !!!

adirondak5
April 20th, 2013, 05:08 AM
Hey melomanarock , looking good , aged lacquer looks perfect ;-)

kwerk
April 20th, 2013, 05:15 AM
That looks fantastic, man. Love it.

tintag27
April 20th, 2013, 05:47 AM
Only problem I've got with this build is - which one would I choose ??
Lovely work, (I guess I wouldn't be able to resist that gorgeous surf green model)

melomanarock
August 28th, 2013, 02:58 PM
Hi guys thanks for the comments

Today I got to polishing!!

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07819_zps33861484.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07818_zps0ea19e30.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07817_zps0b03c34f.jpg

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07816_zpsfa59a43d.jpg

A couple of weeks ago I had an accident with the hook up where I hang the guitars, it came off and both guitars got a bunch of dents. So I had to remove the paint on the surf green, fix it and start over with the finishing. The white one I was going for a soft relic anyway so I left it as it was. Also tried some slight wearing with the buffer today and came out very nice, I had a lot of fun doing it.

Hope to put it together tomorrow!

nickhofen
August 28th, 2013, 03:55 PM
Those stratocasters are awesome.
Can I ask how do you age nitro? what do you add so it look like this?

melomanarock
August 28th, 2013, 04:08 PM
Those stratocasters are awesome.
Can I ask how do you age nitro? what do you add so it look like this?

Thank you!
Nothing is added. Just put the jar on the roof top and let it tan the whole summer.

nickhofen
August 29th, 2013, 12:44 AM
Thank you!
Nothing is added. Just put the jar on the roof top and let it tan the whole summer.

Thanks for the tip.

esetter
August 29th, 2013, 12:53 AM
Those look great!

rbspeedwagon
August 30th, 2013, 08:14 PM
Man, that white strat looks absolutely beautiful (well, they both do, but I'm particularly drawn to the white one)


Great stuff!!

adjason
August 30th, 2013, 08:23 PM
to echo the others- looks great!

melomanarock
August 31st, 2013, 03:02 PM
Thanks for the comments!
today I did the hard jod..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1235950_359767344155022_231253298_n.jpg

Then a little wax..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1234380_359767067488383_1406588370_n.jpg

And put the tuner bushings..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1238870_359767354155021_1973615705_n.jpg

melomanarock
September 2nd, 2013, 08:21 AM
Vintage style wiring..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/602809_360625367402553_152776694_n.jpg

Not sure how is going to sound, but she looks good to me..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1185520_360625364069220_2054826437_n.jpg

melomanarock
September 3rd, 2013, 10:32 PM
Just need to make the nut and put some strings in it!

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/Stratos/DSC07844_zpsb2f3151d.jpg

Bulldog87
September 3rd, 2013, 10:39 PM
Wow that is a great looking guitar! (Both of them are actually!) Great job and thanks for sharing!

melomanarock
September 5th, 2013, 06:27 PM
Done!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1277246_10201758849076977_1756217877_o.jpg

I'll try to take some glamour pics and a sound clip this week

koolaide
September 5th, 2013, 07:01 PM
nice!!

Tommy Biggs
September 5th, 2013, 07:10 PM
wow. Dramatic fretboard - Totally beautiful all over, but what a nice neck!

don't forget that volume knob!

melomanarock
September 5th, 2013, 07:14 PM
wow. Dramatic fretboard - Totally beautiful all over, but what a nice neck!

don't forget that volume knob!

Thanks! I'm in love with the neck, and CTS pots do not like chinese knobs!

Here's a couple more pics..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/45009_362184453913311_1493668994_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1175339_362184450579978_1181551768_n.jpg

Jmich
September 5th, 2013, 08:32 PM
Those are beautiful. Think my second build (if I ever finish the first) is going to be a Strat. Great job!

tweeddeluxe
September 5th, 2013, 10:07 PM
Nice

melomanarock
September 7th, 2013, 01:41 PM
Those are beautiful. Think my second build (if I ever finish the first) is going to be a Strat. Great job!

Nice

Thanks!

melomanarock
December 16th, 2013, 11:40 AM
Here's how the aged nitro makes a dramatic change in colour, and the seafoam turns to surf green

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1512206_10202524029726015_1298652943_o.jpg

Alex W
December 16th, 2013, 11:48 AM
Both strats are amazing.

melomanarock
December 17th, 2013, 08:09 AM
Both strats are amazing.

Thanks!

adirondak5
December 17th, 2013, 09:28 AM
Love that surf green meloman :-)

jkingma
December 17th, 2013, 10:42 AM
Love that surf green meloman :-)

+1

CraigB
December 17th, 2013, 10:45 AM
Everything about these makes me want a strat! Didn't see if anyone else mentioned, but your wiring/soldering is top notch as well, just like every other aspect. Beautiful workmanship, melomanarock!

nickhofen
December 17th, 2013, 11:04 AM
They are both awesome.
Can you post a photo of the telecaster that is behind your blond strat at post #40.

melomanarock
December 17th, 2013, 05:54 PM
Thanks guys! I appreciate the comments!

They are both awesome.
Can you post a photo of the telecaster that is behind your blond strat at post #40.

sure

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/build%20challenge/DSC05477.jpg

Here's the build thread

http://www.tdpri.com/forum/2011-tdpri-tele-build-challenge/263988-melomanarocks-2011-tdpri-build-challenge-thread.html

nickhofen
December 18th, 2013, 10:23 AM
Thanks guys! I appreciate the comments!



sure

http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z465/melomanarock/build%20challenge/DSC05477.jpg

Here's the build thread

http://www.tdpri.com/forum/2011-tdpri-tele-build-challenge/263988-melomanarocks-2011-tdpri-build-challenge-thread.html

Very nice.
I lost the reading of the 2011 build challenge, because I was beep in some books, reading for my second diploma. :mrgreen:

flatfive
December 18th, 2013, 01:04 PM
Nice stuff!! (I'm not even referring to that beautiful
sculpted tele, which is an all-time fave.)

I'm stealing the idea of using the sanding disc on the drill
press -- why haven't I seen that before?

Do you mix the colors for the paint yourself? Do you want
to share your formulas? I haven't mixed my own opaques
and am wondering about types and amounts of pigment
you use.

melomanarock
December 18th, 2013, 01:26 PM
Nice stuff!! (I'm not even referring to that beautiful
sculpted tele, which is an all-time fave.)

I'm stealing the idea of using the sanding disc on the drill
press -- why haven't I seen that before?

Do you mix the colors for the paint yourself? Do you want
to share your formulas? I haven't mixed my own opaques
and am wondering about types and amounts of pigment
you use.

Hey flat! thanks for the comment. You can steal all you want, I myself stole it from one of preeb's threads, it's very useful.

About the paint, I dont mix it. Just go to the auto paint shop with a couple of pics of guitars that I like and look through the DuCO (or any nitro based) paint chart to find the closest, then move a colour or two within the chart, to account for the yellowing of the nitro. Was that clear?? or amber? :lol:

DrASATele
December 18th, 2013, 01:49 PM
Great looking axes! thanks for sharing some of the before and afters of the aged nitro. The off white strat is the BOMB! Just a beauty!

AirBagTester
December 18th, 2013, 02:08 PM
Done!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1277246_10201758849076977_1756217877_o.jpg

I'll try to take some glamour pics and a sound clip this week

Very beautiful!

gitlvr
December 18th, 2013, 03:32 PM
This is absolutely gorgeous!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1277246_10201758849076977_1756217877_o.jpg

I so much want to build a strat! But I've got two complete restorations on my bench, a P bass build for a friend that I've been working off and on for a year and a half, and 2013's tele challenge build yet to finish(waiting on warm weather to lay down the rest of the finish). Besides that, I've got a design I've been working on that I'd really like to build. Gonna be a while.:roll:

melomanarock
December 19th, 2013, 12:41 PM
Very beautiful!

Thanks!


I so much want to build a strat! But I've got two complete restorations on my bench, a P bass build for a friend that I've been working off and on for a year and a half, and 2013's tele challenge build yet to finish(waiting on warm weather to lay down the rest of the finish). Besides that, I've got a design I've been working on that I'd really like to build. Gonna be a while.:roll:

Look at the first post of this thread.. almost 2 years ago. Just keep doing it no matter how slow you go, you won't regreat it.