1955 Stratocaster Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. telemaster1953

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    great job Gil, i'm blown away.
     
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  2. preeb

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    I know of at least one that came with a black guard but it also had a metal control area cover. It was made for George Fullerton.
    Some came with gold anodized guard as well.
     
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    hi Gil, first of all happy new Year. What size of router bit is vintage correct for this years to round over the body? Thanks for this thread!!!!
     
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    I Agree.
     
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    Nice to see you back on the Fenders Gil!
     
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    In my big book of "Gil's notes and specs" I have 9/16" mid 1959 - mid 1962. After '62 it was 7/16". No mention of pre '59.
     
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    LOVING this picture, that amber and blonde are a GREAT combination! Making me want to derail my current plans and biuld another minimalist blonde Tele with a flamey neck....
     
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    I'm really really sorry to post off topic Gil, but where's the "New Shack" build thread? Been waiting for that months now :-/
     
  9. preeb

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    Coming up soon (-;
     
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    Come on :) I´m checking your profile for new thread every day :lol: sometimes more than once :D
    I just broke my wrist recently and your threads keep me alive when I can´t build anything :neutral:
     
  11. preeb

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    Sorry to hear about your wrist oblaty.
    Read the 59 LP thread all over again... I assure you your wrist will heal by then (-;
    Just kidding... I'm a little busy lately so excuse my delay with the shop thread.
    I will do it eventually.
     
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    for that period the roundover radius is 1/2" but it bites the body a little shy and leaves a sharp corner on the face and back.
    Or.. in other words, the bit was set a little low in the table.
    On some examples the final sanding was a little extreme and those edges got somewhat rounded, especially before 1956 (when production numbers went crazy and everything started to look sharper including the neck edges, headstock...etc... they were too busy to round and smooth things up I guess).
     
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    Never left... I just don't like to post the same things over and over again unless it's photos of nice new guitars.
     
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    That blonde and flamey neck is perfection!!
     
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    Oh I think I could stand another blackguard build. Maybe a Broadcaster, or an esquire, just to be different. Love these threads. I was always a tele fan but your build threads and the Blackguard book have really made me fall in love with them all over again as a platform.
     
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    Thanks.. just keep up great work ;-)
     
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    Hi Gil, i am finished some bodys an now the hard job begins :). I need to fill the body with grainfiller and will use the colortone grainfiller.Do i need to after it is hard to sand it to the bare wood and only the grain is filled? Is it ok to let a thin coat all over the body?

    Maybe you can give me also a tip how to mix the sunburst brown/black of an early (50`s) two color sunburst. Is it a mix between brown and black? Is it better to use Aniline based colors or is it possible to get good looking colors by mixing nitro lacquer and colortone dyes from LMI. Thanka a lot A.
     
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    Better sand it and leave the filler in the pores alone.
    Depending on how dark your brown is, start with the brown mix and gradually add black until it's almost black with a light shade of brown.
    Aniline is better but the modern colortone is healthier for you.
    Aniline is poison. Proper gloves and mask are needed.
    Don't forget to use sanding sealer under the color coats.
     
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    I have all, aninile,masks,modern colortone,nitro,compressor,sata sprayguns, but no expirience :).Thats why your help (a lot of help in the last years) is very helpfull for me. Thanks once!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is what i am going to do

    Filler (colortone)
    Sanding sealer
    one coat of aniline colored yellow
    than the dark brown
    then some coats of clear nitro

    A.
     
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    Don't go heavy on the top coats. A couple of even coats are sufficient if you can apply them perfectly flat and skip wet sanding. Sounds like you got the equipment to do it. Old Fender finish films are very thin.
     
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