I'm so confused! Usually in real life, away from guitar building, I'm decisive. But in this case attempting to build a Franky "replica" has gone around in circles for years! No matter what path I choose, it will upset someone... so if that's gonna happen, I'm gonna go big!! LOL Capturing the "exact" guitar is a moving target because Eddie changed this thing so often, it's not just one simple copy. I had this one Alder body that had been refinished three or four times. The last being daphne red, which didn't come out right. You could see the white under the red, the red was uneven and the clear was flat. So I figured I'd strip it down again and make a Frankenstrat. After stripping down the daphne red, white base coat, and primer, here's what was left. There was this cool neck sitting on a shelf... it'll work great for this version of the Frankenstrat. See, it's so easy to make one of these, I don't know why people make such a big deal out of it. You just blow up a photo and glue it on!! Nah... just kidding.... This took quite a while to cut out this set up! A lot of file work and sandpaper later this is what was left... In order to maintain the template in case it's even needed again, the edges were all treated to a CA bath... One other detail I thought would be important to maintain was to drill all the holes as if it was a regular Strat. The tremolo holes are not very deep, but I wanted to have them there... probably just being silly. Here is the body before routing... Here's the after... A close-up of the route... I had these bits lying around so it seemed fun to "practice" getting them... umm... relic'd... (I hate that word!) Using a bunch of photos some masking tape was used to mark where to cut... Not too bad... If you look closely at the tremolo route, you will see a pencil line. Out came the router again to make the opening large enough to fit a Floyd Rose. Like this.... One question for the experts... should I drill out where the Floyd posts will go to put in a harder wood??? Then a bit of sanding sealer was sprayed on the body... This is something I've been collecting for a while, in fact just found another one last night which didn't make it into this photo... This build will probably take some time as it's getting colder and the only place I can paint is outdoors.... Stay tuned!