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Hacking a Strat

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mrpants, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. mrpants

    mrpants TDPRI Member

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    Got some feedback, did a little more fiddling. I think this is going to be it. IMG_7605.JPG
     

  2. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    That looks great. I like it!!!
     

  3. Felino

    Felino Tele-Meister

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    Apr 28, 2016
    Belgrade
    I have the same knobs on a guitar or two. With them, because of rubber rings, you make the strong grip, especially when they are fresh instaled.

    I like your project.
     
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  4. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2014
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    That looks sweet!!
     

  5. betocool

    betocool TDPRI Member

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    It looks pretty good! In fact, you could leave it clear coated and it would still be very cool. Congrats!
     

  6. mrpants

    mrpants TDPRI Member

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    Yeah, this is just cardstock, but I actually really like the look of the natural wood with the craft paper look.
    Unfortunately, the body is a 3 piece with veneer and the veneer has several patches that would make even staining an issue. So paint it is.
     

  7. mrpants

    mrpants TDPRI Member

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    Pickguard cut! I didn't take pictures of the process, but I definitely didn't have the proper tools to do it easily. Used a dremel with cutting bit for rough cut and then with sanding drum to add the bevel and to fine tune and smooth out the shaping. Here's a mock up minus the pickups and selector switch.
    IMG_7611.JPG IMG_7610.JPG
    For pickups the Novak foils are still looking like first choice. Probably the "s" style covers to match with the curves of the guitar and guard. 55B0B219-645A-4F12-B025-8E3AFDA99A5C-39846-000022EEE16E7304.jpeg
    I think I may not get the thing painted before the weather turns too cold here in the Midwest... so it might be spring before I can finish it up. I don't have any sort of climate controlled space to safely spray and dry.
     

  8. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    That turned out really nicely. I like the shape from body, to pickguard, to neck (headstock). It has great continuity. I can’t wait to see it all together with paint.
     
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  9. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'

    I like it.
     

  10. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Your guitar made my facebook alerts this morning

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  11. betocool

    betocool TDPRI Member

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    I'm lovin' the SGcaster. The pickups look awesome! And the bridge looks cool too!

    You could give that guitar to Angus Young or David Gilmour and they'd be none the wiser. Well... once it's finished.

    Cheers,

    Albert
     

  12. mrpants

    mrpants TDPRI Member

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    Paint shipment has arrived. Mix this powder with water and go. I like the color quite a bit. We'll see how it goes on. IMG_7635.JPG
     
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  13. Telemarx

    Telemarx TDPRI Member

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    Good stuff. Glad you tweaked the pickguard a bit, the newer version looks awesome! It will look killer with those pups mounted.
     
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  14. n__B

    n__B TDPRI Member

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    That looks interesting! I'm wrapping up my first guitar and haven't decided on a finish yet. Looking forward to your pics!
     

  15. mrpants

    mrpants TDPRI Member

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    First coat applied. Kind of a gloomy day and not the best lighting so it's photographing a good bit more dark grey than it actually looks. Very matte color coat so I'm interested to see just how the tung oil top coat is going to bring it to life. But first a few more color coats. IMG_7640.JPG
     
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  16. mrpants

    mrpants TDPRI Member

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    Color going on, neck started with tru-oil. Things are taking shape nicely today. IMG_7643.JPG

    This picture shows the 2nd color coat sanded back in decent natural light. Gives a much better idea of the color. The texture is intentional. Going for a more organic look so I didn't do any sort of grain fill or sanding sealer. IMG_7642.JPG
     

  17. samuelmorrissey

    samuelmorrissey TDPRI Member

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    Very nice!

    Did you paint it by hand?

    I've never really been a fan of strats but a big fan of taking on a project like this! I'm sure I have a strat body or two up in the attic...

    S
     

  18. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
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    I really like where you went with the new pickguard. That shape completes the look.

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  19. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Portland, OR
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  20. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Yup, I agree. That doesn’t look like someone hacked a Strat. It looks like a production guitar of some sort. Really nice design there, of the body, pickguard and headstock.
     
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