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Old February 2nd, 2013, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning to build a replica Nils Lofgren 61 strat

Hi All,

For years now I wanted to build my own strat, just like Nils Lofgren's 1961 natural finish strat. But never had the confidence to get going on it. Up until last year all I did was collect wood stock and parts. I have followed Preeb's 1961 build and this has inspired me to give it a go.

What I know so far is that the guitar is a stock 1961 start with some mods:

The body was stripped by his brother and he made the Oak pickguard.
It has Bill Lawrence blade pick ups
The jack plate is not standard, as it has a toggle switch, similar to David Gilmour's start. I'm not sure if it does the same thing.

Has anyone got any more info or photo's that would help with my build?
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 10:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The jack plate is this http://alembic.stores.yahoo.net/blaster.html
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 04:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Many thanks for the info. Nils is a big user of volume swirl, so that's it. Mystery solved.

Thanks.
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I met that dude once, friend of a friend. He lived in my area and Grin was the big Bethesda, Maryland band back in the 70s. So cool when he hooked up with Springsteen and E Street.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 10:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool project. Nils' S/T record is a rare treasure. Lots of Nils stories here in the Balto/DC area. One of the guys from Grin runs a pretty cool used record store in Catonsville MD, near Baltimore. I can't remember what it's called, think its on Frederick ave. Real nice guy, good shop.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 03:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi Stoogesurfer,
I also met him once when he was doing his first acoustic tour in the UK. I saw him at Ronnie Scott's, very small gig in Birmingham. My wife and I were some of the first in. He came up to us at the bar and we had a good chat. unfortunately it wasn't about his strat. I've now seen him many times since the early eighties.

I started cleaning my workshop/garage up today, so I can make a start on my templates.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 07:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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See here for the older style stratoblaster cover plate like Nils guitar:
http://www.12fret.com/content/2011/1...sical-history/
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Old February 4th, 2013, 04:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi Stratified,

That is just what I'm after. I'm hoping someone has one gathering dust in a box somewhere.

One sold on Ebay just a few days ago, but until I started thie thread I didn't know what I was looking for.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Neck pickup is now a Barden.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:24 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Looking at the price of Barden's, I will have to stick with Bill Lawrence blades for now. ANd put the Barden on the wish list.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've seen Nils play that guitar a LOT. The last time was in November in Louisville, and I was REALLY close to him. You can tell he really bonds with that instrument, and it has always sounded great.
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The volume knob is topped with an old MXR rubber knob cover.... helps him with controlling swells
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While you're at it, build a replica trampoline as well.
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I've been a fan since I saw the Neil Young live in Berlin 1982 video. Great player with a cool hot rodded guitar. For anyone with the same project in mind you can still get a Stratoblaster but the plate is elliptical:
http://alembic.stores.yahoo.net/blaster.html
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 01:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Sounds like a great idea.
Are you planning on using a blend pot like Nils had installed to add some thickness on the bridge pickup?
Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 04:21 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I know that the jack plate is available, but in the new shape. Fr this to be a replica build I need the same item. But the good news is I picked one up on eBay just after Xmas. So we are good to go.
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