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Want to make a hardtail strat. What are my options?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by UglyCasanova, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. UglyCasanova

    UglyCasanova TDPRI Member

    May 15, 2013
    Topic title says it all really. I haven't got the tools to actually cut and route a body myself, but I wouldn't mind having to do the paintjob. I'm just looking for a body. Preferably cheap so I can afford a neck and some hardware, but if the right one comes along I'm willing to pay more. Alder is fine.

    Thank you!

  2. guitar1amp2000

    guitar1amp2000 Tele-Meister

    Jun 28, 2007
    Denton, Tx

  3. SixShooter

    SixShooter Friend of Leo's

    Sep 20, 2008
    I highly recommend USA Custom Guitars. Order exactly what you want. You may pay a couple bucks more than your cheapest option, but in the scheme of things it will be worth it. You won't find any better quality. Might as well get your neck there too. There is no one that makes a better neck, not even Fender.

  4. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    Easiest way , find a used Fender Tom Delonge or Robert Cray Strat body, those are both hardtail / non tremolo bodies.

  5. big-daddy-59

    big-daddy-59 Tele-Holic

    Mar 20, 2009
    Warmoth has unfinished alder strat bodies set up for a hardtail bridge in the showcase starting at $155. Is that cheap enough for you?

  6. Fret Wilkes

    Fret Wilkes Friend of Leo's

    Mar 23, 2003
    Harmony, R.I.
    I just recently got a Warmoth Standard, sunburst hardtail with the contoured heel from KBR (Kenny Blue Ray). Fabulous quality...light, nicely finished... made for a stunning Strat.

  7. reverbbb

    reverbbb Friend of Leo's

    Sep 12, 2003
    Just Plano, Texas
    Do what they did on the EC Strat - block it. That way there are no complicated mountings or routings. You can do this on any Strat and always reverse the mod with no implications to the value of the guitar.

    Leave the floating bridge springs, as this contributes to the Strat sound.

  8. Nub

    Nub Friend of Leo's

    May 7, 2003
    Warmoth or USACG... some great deals to be had in their "pre-made" sections.

  9. tjalla

    tjalla Friend of Leo's

    This cost me a Jenga block.


  10. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Southern California
    I sanded down a piece of scrap oak for my Jimmie Vaughan:


    It's my poor man's EJ/EC Strat, with the earlier more pronounced V neck. I also put an "expander" circuit in it with a push/pull bridge tone pot. Been cheating on my '52 lately with it :D


  11. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    This seller has some finished non trem aka hardtail Strat bodies on eBay for $219 shipped

    And I saw some unfinished bodies for less than Warmoth on eBay too.

    I think there is still a tonal difference between a Strat with a blocked trem bridge and a hardtail non trem body, , maybe the strings going through the wood of the body, no tremolo bridge route, I don't know why but they sound a bit different to me.

    FWIW I just have my trem bridge set up flat against the body and hardly ever use it, sounds great to me and stays tuned just fine.

  12. UglyCasanova

    UglyCasanova TDPRI Member

    May 15, 2013
    The block thing is not for me. Think I'll go with warmoth or eBay. Thank you for your time!

  13. Five-O

    Five-O Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 2, 2008
    Huntsville, AL.
    The cheapest option and not too bad either, is a Squier Affinity top loader body, it's a little thinner, but works fine. You'll need to drill the string thru holes and add a hardtail type bridge, but that's a piece a cake.

  14. Mudguard

    Mudguard Tele-Meister

    If you block it with wood (I used broken wooden clothes pins), it's also nice to damp the springs too. I did that, some use some kind of foam or sponge, I used some paper tickets I had laying around and put them under-over-under the springs.

  15. chris m.

    chris m. Friend of Leo's

    If you don't believe that the Strat tremolo significantly contributes to the tone, then you could just take a Tele and throw 2 strat pickups in it with a 5-way switch, leaving the Tele pickup in the bridge spot. Depending on the Tele body all you need is a different pickguard or modify the stock one. Others might need a body routing for the middle pickup.

  16. TNO

    TNO Friend of Leo's

    Apr 25, 2003
    I would go with a body from Marc Rutter and an Allparts FAT neck sanded down to fit your hand.

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