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1955 Stratocaster Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    Hi again...

    This build is of a feather weight mid 50's strat. I'm going to build 2 necks for this guitar, one will be a 54 style plain maple, and the second is a soft V fat boat neck heavily flamed. Color might be a 1 tone burst (Yes... 1 tone... like on early 54 strats which didn't have a yellow in the middle... just brown around the edges)or blonde. we'll see...

    Neck maple blanks... from my old growth stock. I will select the *one* after cutting them to correct dimension and give them the tunning forks test
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    Roughly shaped on the band saw and thinned down to 1"
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    This is the one!!! bright as bright can be, and a great match to a lightweight soft swamp ash.
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  2. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    54 Strat neck template is placed on the selected blank and pin holes are marked
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    and drilled
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    Template attached
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  3. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    and neck shape is routed flush on the router table with an upward spiral bit
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    Trussrod channel is routed
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    Headstock roughly thinned and truss rod holes drilled (Sorry, forgot to take the shots but it's the same like in my other posted builds...)
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    Truss rod is bent and cut to length (and checked against the blue print)
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  4. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    TR installed, Skunk stripe & plug glued and nut is installed.
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    TR is tested. All OK.
     

  5. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Back of neck is cut with a 54 shaper bit (see my other threads for this method)
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    Transitioned
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  6. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Transitions closeups
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    Radiused to 7.25" on the sander jig
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    nut anf fret slots cut on the fret cutter jig
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  7. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Bakelite dot marks installed and flush sanded
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    Frets are installed sideways (see 55 tele thread for more info)
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    Edges are over-rounded along with the fret ends
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  8. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    One neck down one neck to go.... but I feel like cutting the body now...

    Templates templates..... quite a few for a Strat...
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    Body blank was selected. It's a classic grained strat body with a round figured upper part and straight bottom. Very light piece of Swamp Ash.

    Body outer line is located and penciled
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    Band sawed right outside the line
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    Looking good
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  9. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Pin holes drilled and back template is attached
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    Robosanded to about 1mm off the line
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    and flush routed
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    Neck mounting holes drilled
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  10. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Back bridge cavity is routed
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    Check out this template attachment. It will help in routing the deeper part correctly later
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    first stage done
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  11. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Block cavity is deepened
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    Top body template is now attached
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    Smaller block cavity is routed
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    Looks nice and clean
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  12. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Neck pocket, pu and the rest is routed to first level depth
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    Control and input jack cavities are routed to second level depth
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    Deep round-over for this body
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  13. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Looks like a strat body... doesn't it?
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    and back
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    these transitions will be shaped by hand later
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  14. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Neck is tested in body cavity. Very tight (Yeah!!!)
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  15. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Transitions are done
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    Back relief contour is sanded on the 15" sanding wheel
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    and arm rest relief on the belt sander table (just like in the old days...) - I love this stage...
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    I'm cutting those deep... 54/5 bodies were like that deep deep contours and lots of hand sanding and smoothing (they couldn't afford this in 56 when production numbers got higher...)
     

  16. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    That's the result of the tooling stage
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    And... the hand sanding smooth lines
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  17. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Sep 10, 2008
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    A few more angles of the contours (deep and gracefull)
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  18. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Body looks good and almost done
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    Neck pocket ends are cut correctly on both sides
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  19. TeleJelly

    TeleJelly Tele-Meister

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    Mar 3, 2008
    Ohio
    I looking at this thread wondering when I can move my family of 5 into a shanty behind your home and be your apprentice :)

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words...and I believe this thread has spoke volumes already!
     

  20. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Bridge mounting holes drilled to correct depth
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    Bridge is tested against the holes. All is OK
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    I usually use Gotoh tuners and bridges. Correct materials and measures without BS butique price tag...

    Woodwork is pretty much done. A little sanding before finishing and tuner holes and that's it.
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