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Stratotone H44

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

  1. oigun

    oigun Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 29, 2009
    Haarlem, Holland.
    You've nailed it bro!!
     

  2. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

    318
    Dec 14, 2004
    Belgium
    Thx all!

    switch: bypass tone control

    nope, no neck angle, just plain neck through construction



    I'll do a video asap, have to do some final setting up, lowering the bridge a bit, some fret fininshing etc.
     

  3. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County

  4. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

    Admin Post
    Wow, I love it. Nice project in every way.
     

  5. Olgabowl

    Olgabowl Tele-Meister

    220
    Nov 23, 2011
    Olga, WA
    Mine is "poplar", which is actually Liriodendron tulipifera, the Tulip Tree....

    Thanks for this build thread...
    Love those things!
     

  6. GerryB

    GerryB TDPRI Member

    50
    May 12, 2003
    Somerset, NJ
    No interest in this build? I'm sorry you're done with it!! Is that Firemist Gold?
     

  7. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    Hey H,

    I can't wait for a sound clip! I think I read somewhere that Ritchie Valens played one of these. Too cool. Thanks for the link for the plans.

    Rob
     

  8. Sw0rdfish

    Sw0rdfish Tele-Meister

    313
    Dec 18, 2011
    Looks great sir nice work! Did you consider going without the truss rod like the originals?
     

  9. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

    318
    Dec 14, 2004
    Belgium
    thx all for the nice comments!

    hooked up the electrics and she sounds fantastic! When oigun send me the pickup, I sticked it to another build I was working on (mahogany body with bolt on neck) to test it. I'm amazed by the difference in sound now that this pickup sits in this maple neckthrough guitar.

    Wood and construction do matter definately.



    In doubt whether I should radius the bridge nut according to the fretboard radius: plays fine now, but that would improve playablity. But with a straight bridge, it's just perfect for slide playing.

    at Gerry B: It says just "Gold" on the rattle can, I checked out a number of different brands and this one seemed to match the color of the montgommery ward version the most.

    at Swordfish: the originals do have a truss rod (non adjustable though). I didn't consider not installing a truss rod in spite of the very fat neck (not quartersawn). Once tried that on a tele like build: also neck way over an inch thick but after a couple of months starting bowing ...
     

  10. Sw0rdfish

    Sw0rdfish Tele-Meister

    313
    Dec 18, 2011
    I was under the impression that it was the later post 57 Stratotones that had the steel neck reinforcement not the H44 which they produced from 52-57.
     

  11. harold h

    harold h Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2004
    It looks great- fantastic job!
     

  12. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2010
    New Zealand
    Awesome work. Love, love the colour, yet I'm not normally a fan of gold, but it works fantastically on that beautiful gat.
     

  13. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Island NY
    That's a beauty , like kwerk said I am not a fan of gold either , but that guitar changed my mind.
     

  14. TNO

    TNO Friend of Leo's

    Apr 25, 2003
    NC-USA
    Having owned an original I'm in awe of how close this clone looks.
    I wonder if a 3/4 size gig bag would fit it??
     

  15. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

    318
    Dec 14, 2004
    Belgium
    thx kwerk

    yep, strange how sometime colors work great on one model, and are hideous on another... fe. normally don't like blue guitars but pelham blue on a firebird or daphne blue on a strat: yummie!
     

  16. helectrix

    helectrix Tele-Meister

    318
    Dec 14, 2004
    Belgium
    I'm not a good youtube player, but this should give an idea of how she sounds.

    sorry for the guitar being slightly out of tune . I tend to make clips too early. still need to dress the frets, lower the action, cut a decent nut and connect the pots and switch...

     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2012

  17. marc13

    marc13 Tele-Meister

    292
    Mar 24, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    Wow that's freakin beautiful man!!! Make me one? ;)
     

  18. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    52
    Feb 4, 2009
    Phx, AZ
    No interest, are you kidding?
    Great job and it sounds great. Love those pickups.
     

  19. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    58
    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee

  20. oigun

    oigun Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 29, 2009
    Haarlem, Holland.
    Great!! Happy? (otherwise send it to me hèhè)
     

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