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50's stratocaster build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Ypma, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Ypma

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    Hi folks. This is going to be my very first post here. I've been reading along for a while now and found that there are quite a few very interesting builders that actually inspired me to do some builds of my own. Time to show you my work. This build is inspired on a '54 Strat.

    So I'm starting with a piece of swamp ash and carefully check the measurements and make sure everything is aligned properly.

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    Roughly sawn out the body contour:

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    Before I routed the body flush with the template I sanded down as much as possible with the beltsander. (Sorry. Forgot about the camera...)

    Routed the cavaties:

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    After routing the edge radius and rasping the transitions it's beginning to look like a stratbody.

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    Time to do the belly- and armcontour. I tried this pencil and cord trick to get a nice guide line for the bellycontour.

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    Did some handsawing and chiseling to remove most of the wood...

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    ...And switched to the rasp and file to smooth everything out.

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    Same process on the armrest. I really love doing this.

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    That will be all for now. I'll post the building of the neck soon.
     
  2. Bellybuster

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    great looking body, what's your plan for finishing?
     
  3. Ypma

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    Thanks.

    My plan is to do a two tone burst, but it looks like the weather isn't going to be very coörperating here any time soon. So we'll just have to wait and see:)
     
  4. Glen Smith

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    The body has a very nice grain structure.
     
  5. monkeywalker

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    That looks great, keep us posted, it's always good to see people's work:)
     
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    Looking great. Very nice contours. Can't wait to see it finished.
     
  7. Bentley

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    That is awesome looking... I might have to add a strat to my build list, but it's not like you can't buy strat knockoffs for next to nothing. I once bought a perfectly working one for two bucks, what a steal!
     
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    +1 Subscribed! Very interested to see this one :)
     
  9. Holyoli

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    Hey Ypma, looking great !
    Where did you get this nice ash ? What's his weight ?
    Thanks
     
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    Nice non traditional contouring technique...:). I haven't seen that for a while.
     
  11. tone volume

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    Looking good. Can't wait for the 2 tone, that's a tough one to get right. Yup, not much spraying in this weather.
     
  12. Ypma

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    Thanks, everyone!

    I bought the ash blank online at Rockinger (Germany). Very pleased with the quality.
    I'd say it's a light weight body. Don't know exactly, though. The kitchen scales is limited to 1KG...
     
  13. Holyoli

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    Thanks and good luck with your project !

    If you ever have the possiblity to weigh it, please let me know. Light (Swamp) ash is quite rare in our area
     
  14. Revv23

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    Vey nice. Didnt the 50's strat have a hump in the contour? Still will be a good guitar im sure. :)

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  16. Revv23

    Revv23 Friend of Leo's

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    Where is that picture from? Does not look like a 50's strat. Imho. I am not an expert.

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  17. Ypma

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    And here's the neck.

    Selected the maple:

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    And roughly sawn out the shape:

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    Routed the maple flush with the template:

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    And routed the convex trussrod channel:

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    More to come.
     
  18. Ypma

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    Well, I am missing a few shots here, but after drilling the tunerholes and thinning down the headstock I drilled the angled holes for the trussrod and installed the walnut "skunkstripe".

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    Close enough...

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    Walnut plug:

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    For me, these really were the scary steps. Actually, it's the first time I ever get past this stage. So I really am glad that's done;)

    Sawn the fretslots:

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    Done:

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    Drilled the position markers:

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    Dots installed and flush sanded with the radius beam...

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    I made a huge radius sanding block (9,5") (That pile of MDF on the right) which knocks off the wood real quick. Don't need to apply lots of pressure due to it's weight.

    Hammered in the frets:

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    And trimmed down the excess:

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  19. xMercury69x

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    That's a nice piece of Ash
     
  20. Ypma

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    Now for the fun part:

    I made a simple fixture for holding the neck while shaping it.

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    And started rasping...

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    And rasping...

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    While keeping a close watch on the heel and headstock transitions:

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    Almost there...

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    Done.

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    Looks like a neck to me;) And it's a chunky one too. Almost a full inch. Feels good to me.

    Slightly rolled the edge for a smooth and comfortable feel:

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    And drilled and installed the side markers. (Almost forgot...)

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    Carefully filed down the nutslot:

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    And a nut is all it needs...

    My first one piece maple neck:D
     
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