I'm planning to build a replica Nils Lofgren 61 strat
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?
Last edited by macthestrat; February 2nd, 2013 at 01:29 PM.
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.
When you think about the eons of time that had passed before you were born, and the great eternity that will stretch on after you are dead, it kind of makes you realize that buying one more guitar isn't such a big deal after all. - Kelnet
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.
I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.
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.
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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