50's stratocaster build

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  1. GerryB

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    Thanks!
     
  2. Ypma

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    The nitro lacquer seems to be hard enough for wet-sanding after a curingtime of just one week. No point in waiting any longer, right?

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    I wetsanded it with traditional various grid sandingpapers and moved on to 3M flexible sandingpapers. Which is truly great stuff. Especially for the contours and radius-ed edges. Rubbed it to a high gloss with 3M Finesse It and an old T-shirt. Some good old car wax made it shine even more.

    Same process on the neck, only it takes a long time to do sand with the various grids between frets. But I'll get there;)

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    Your burst is just gorgeous! Very nicely done indeed.

    As for a 1 week curing time for nitro: I haven't been blessed with a drying time that quick yet. I know some of the nitro products do have shorter drying times. But for the most part I give it 4 weeks with Behlens I use. But if it was hard enough to finish the way you described, sounds like it will be ok. Nice work.
     
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    Very nice work! Can't wait for the finished product!
     
  5. Ypma

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    Thanks Jeff. I was kinda suprised myself. I'm sure it has something to do with the weather. It's freezing for quite some time now and it's very dry. I do my spraying in the shed which is warmed by a small fanned heater. As soon as it's dry to touch I let it cure in a warm room. Besides, I spray the clear coats over a time span of three days. Two coats a day and let it cure overnight. Of course, this is all just a theory... The important thing is I didn't sand through;)

    Thanks Zillinois:)
     
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    I just discover your thread.Very nice sunburst.
    Keep us updated.;)
     
  7. Ypma

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    Thanks Nick. I will;)
     
  8. Ypma

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    I got the neck all wet sanded and polished. Now to get the lacquer off the frets...

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    Thought I'd sand it off, but scraping is a lot faster. That fretboard protector thing makes a good scraper. Might have to make a small notch in it...

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    As for the knobs and pickup covers... I was gonna go for bakelite parts, but you'd have to sell a kidney for that, so I bought a Fender parts set.

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    I gave it a bit of sanding to get that "roundover pickupcover" look. It's all in the small things, right?

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    All together it looks like this.

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    Beautiful...love the colors of the burst...
     
  11. tone volume

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    Looking good. What pups you putting in? I'm shopping for strat pups at the moment, soooo many.
     
  12. Ypma

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    Thanks Ratter.

    Toooo many, if you ask me:lol: I'm going to wind them myself. Still waiting for the stewmac parts, though.
     
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    Very very nice...
     
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    Technically, two piece if you count the skunk stripe ;)
     
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    Technically 3 piece if you count the walnut plug by the nut....:).
     
  16. Ypma

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    Well, you got me there;). But it still is one piece of maple, isn't it?
     
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    awesome work!
     
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    Turned out great!
     
  19. Ypma

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    Finally received my Stewmac order, so let's see how this goes...

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    First thing I'd like to do is, well, to read the instructions...
    Now to get the flatwork sanded smooth and make sure the eyelets are flush so it won't cause trouble during winding. (Learned that the hard way;))

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    Than I gave the pole pieces a beveled edge:

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    Like that:

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    And tapped them into the bobbins... in order of height: B, high E, A, low E, D and G.

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    And checked for overall straightness...

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    I should add that it would be safer to use some sort of pre-drilled jig to hold the pole pieces straight wile hammering. I didn't feel like making a jig and I trust my hammering skills;)

    This high-tech device (which just happened to be the correct size) will act as a spacer. The clothing pin is for tapping the upper bobbin.

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    Test fitted the covers:

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    Looks allright.

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    Gave the three of them a coat of tinted lacquer and hang 'm to dry...

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    Unfortunately, I didn't get to the actual winding today, but I'll get back on that soon.
     
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    Impressive, what magnets did you go for? I'm going to have to have a go at this one day.
     
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