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Stratotone H44

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by helectrix, May 19, 2012.

  1. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

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    Hi all !

    Don't you just love these?

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    I do. Iconic lil' guitars, hard to find these days.
    I normally build my own designs (apart from some tele's obviously :) ) but since a Dutch luthier recently drew a very accurate plan of the H44/88 and H42, I just had to build one.

    Wood: lot of variety there for the bodywings, they used whatever was available, two or more pieces for the wings. Main feature they all had in common: one piece neck through maple construction.

    Some light weight leftover Sipo Mahogany for the wings

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    Neck through in the rough

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    and glued together

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    Bandsawed the body and made a template.

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    Ready for routing:

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    and done...

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  2. 62 Jazzmaster

    62 Jazzmaster Friend of Leo's

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    I haven't succeeded in finding one yet, but a Stratotone is on my GASlist.
    What does your version weigh? It's looking good!!
     
  3. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

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    Made some more templates: for the headstock and the pickguard.

    Freehanded the pickup up routing.

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    Rounded the edges, still needs some ellbow grease

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    Prepared a RW fretboard, made a bridge... and most importantly: I got hold of an original DeAromond Rowe pu. Facebook can be a great thing. a far friend let me know he had one, it was dead though. Coincidentally he appeared to live nearby my friend Oigun (known around here I presume... :), by the way, vote for his TDPRI challenge tele now! :)
    A day later Oi had it working

    he's testing it here on that gorgeous tele he just finished




    and a couple of days later this was in my mail!

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  5. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

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    can't tell yet, haven't done any neckshaping yet. But it will be lightweight anyway, these are tiny guitars.

    and I cheated....

    yes, there is a truss rod inside... original ones usually have a fix steel rod in 'm. Vintage correct is all good and well but an adjustable TR is weller ... :)

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    that's it for now

    cannot continue: need frets and binding. I want to prepare the fboard fretted and bound before it goes on the neck (that has been routed to correct width already (because of neck through etc...)
     
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    Mightyaxeman Tele-Afflicted

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    I get a kick out of the prices they ask for them at guitar shows. Every vintage dealer has one on display for one or two grand. Nice build!
     
  7. PapaLion

    PapaLion Tele-Afflicted

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    What is the scale and approximate total length & width... would like to see a pic next to a Tele for fun. PU sound pretty keen.
     
  8. stijnkenens

    stijnkenens Tele-Meister

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    Nice, I've got my plan tomorrow ...

    would build one to maybe ...


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  9. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

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    That's a cool one. I also like the Kay sizzler which is a little bigger but the same basic concept. I've got a pickguard and pickups for that one. I started a drawing but that got shelved for a while.
     
  10. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

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    at papalion:

    here's a line up next to a tele and some other usual and unusual suspects

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    scale is 25 1/4, length and width, have to check that out when I'm home.

    at Stijn: really is a joy to build with such a plan, must say i've never done that before, but feels really comfortable having all the right measurments etc...
     
  11. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    It's a lovable little guitar.
     
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    gitold Friend of Leo's

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    Helectrix...I love that little Supro Tele thing you have on the far left. To bad your in Europe cause I am gassing for that guitar. What a cool idea.
    My girl friends in Belgium next week. Any cool clubs or fun spots she should see away from the tourist haunts?
     
  13. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

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    normally I'm not too fond of hybrids but that supro tele bastard came out really nice. here's a short sample i did after stringing it up for the first time. waiting for the lollar pu's that'll come in it.



    Belgium cool spots? taste the food! :) there's Brussels, Bruges, Leuven, Antwerp, Gent: big cities (to our standards) but fairly small and historically interesting centres. I like the Belgian coast area: Ostend, De Panne ... on a good day you can see the cliffs of Dover :)
     
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    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    Cool build, I love those old Harmonys too! This isn't one but is in the same vein. Planning on building one based on it someday.
     

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    Sweet project! Harmony's are amazing, especially the originals from Chicago. Damn that's hot. Did you find a Hershey bar pickup for it?
     
  16. oigun

    oigun Tele-Afflicted

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    Cool!***searching for the LIKE button***
     
  17. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

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    ah Oi, see you moved to Seattle, how's the weather over there:D

    at Pelliparius: info on the pu in post #3 ;)
     
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    oigun Tele-Afflicted

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    Sun is shining overhere:cool: But it's still a bit chilly...
     
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    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

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    That's like the evolution of the lap steel to a guitar.... Jimi!
     
  21. PapaLion

    PapaLion Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks much, pics next to a Tele tell the story fine...scale is everything huh?

    About the size of my old Supro... add a brass nut, ivory saddles some hvy strings tune to open E... recipe for Elmore James:)

    for last years challenge 2011 I built a little guitar called a Steeler...just to have a pocket battleship of my own:grin:
     

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