Ash hardtail strat build thread!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Treadplatedual, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Treadplatedual

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    I started a new hardtail start tonight!

    It will be a 25.5" scale (obviously) with a top loading hardtail bridge. I'll toss 22 tall narrow frets on this beast, and the neck will mirror my Tele build's - flame maple, though this time with a maple board and I'll leave it unstained.

    I haven't decided on pickups or electronics yet - I may go HSH, or I may go HSS. Probably the latter.

    Here's progress thus far:
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    This will be the first of a pair, the second being a fretless p-bass for my dad.
     
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    Lookin' good!
     
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    Built one sort of like this last year from parts. Northern white ash body, but the neck is bubinga (too hard/heavy in my opinion) and I put a toploader bridge on it - hardtail.

    Strat style guitar for guys who like telecasters.
     
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    Nice and “grainy”!
     
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    Cool. I’ll be watching this one.
     
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    You understand me :)
     
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    What color you gonna go for?
     
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    I'm thinking purely natural, black pickguard.

    My dad had a fretless pbass in the 70s, and had to sell it due to being a poor college student. This will match the one he let get away :)

    Roundover started:
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    Very cool. Good luck.

    I am building one too at the moment. I'm reproducing a '55 heavily contoured factory ash hardtail, as if it was ordered in a "true" custom color opaque white.
     
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    Worked on the contours. I think a spindle sander is in my near future.

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    Also rounded over said contour edges, per Ron Kirns's tutorial.

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    Looks good.
    Link for the tutorial?
     
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    You win the grain pattern contest. Awesome piece of wood!
     
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    looks great to me



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    I couldn't be more pleased with the way the grain pokes through the arm contour!
     
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    That is a pretty piece of ash - and I like hardtails. A natural finish sounds good, unless you want to tint it slightly to look "aged".

    My natural hardtail Stratocaster has a thick and smooth finish - and the natural TeleStrat partscaster has a minimal finish that actually lets me feel the wood grain. The more organic grainy feel is my preference.
     
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    Looking great! Following thread.

    Putting the last coats of clear on my hardtail strat today. Mine is just a partscaster build, would love to be able to do what you do.
     
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    I'm with you. My dad specifically requested that on his, it NOT be glass smooth, so I'm doing the same here. I'll likely leave the wood natural, and either do a poly or tru oil finish which will add a slight amber to it.

    Awesome! I've never had a hardtail strat, and the trems on all the strats I've owned have gotten zero use.

    Also, you could definitely do this - it's tedious at times (sanding! Argh!) but surprisingly easy once you have a rhythm down!
     
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    Building from scratch, you need a good place for working wood - and some tools. I believe most find a router a great help.... Those things scare me.

    Some companies sell routed but unfinished bodies. That would certainly be my way if I ever decide to roll my own.
     
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