Hallelujah, 50s 2 tone strat replica now complete.

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    Another year, another guitar build. However this year has been a bit mental. I've had to refurbish my new house, which has taken over my life somewhat, I also had to fit in a vintage cowboy case re-furb for Antoine, so my strat project has been on the back burner for a while but I'm finally ready to post. Enjoy.
    One day I will have a workshop (shed) with a band-saw, router & everything, but until that day arrives I have to rely on off the shelf parts, my preferred supplier is Musikraft but they always seem to do something to piss me off. Here's my body & neck.[​IMG]
     
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    It's a 50s spec swamp ash body, nice & light & the 2nd fattest maple neck, which I think may be my perfect neck profile.[​IMG]
     
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    However, I paid an extra 30 bucks for "premium flame" but as you can see it's pretty plain. I complained, saying I'd spent an extra 30 bucks for nothing but all I got back was "we think it will come up really nice" then nothing. There are obviously some people at Musikraft doing great work but their admin lets them down badly.[​IMG]
     
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    Anyhow, I don't want this to turn into a rant, let's get building.
    Fingerboard, I suppose it's OK.[​IMG]
     
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    Back view, a slight hint of flame.[​IMG]
     
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    No complaints with the swamp ash body though, it's gorgeous. Let's get it grain filled.[​IMG]
     
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    My new posh orbital sander in action.[​IMG]
     
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    Swamp ash is a very open grained wood & needs to be filled very carefully. I'm not surprised Fender changed to alder, a lot less work, but swamp ash looks good, sounds good & by golly it does you good.
     
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    I did a 2 tone on one of my teles last year & although it turned out well, it was a bit darker than I wanted. So I altered the mix of the water based amber stain for this one. Experience counts for a lot in my experience.[​IMG]As you can see I've gone a few steps lighter.
     
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    Bare naked neck.[​IMG]
     
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    A rub down with colron mellow pine wood stain & it's looking a bit more vintage already.[​IMG]
     
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    Pins in the vintage correct positions on the front & a clear coat nitro sealer on.[​IMG]
     
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    I wanted a good dark edge, so I masked the top & got a good coat of tobacco brown on the edge.[​IMG]
     
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    A big up to Steve at manchesterguitartech.co.uk for the nitro rattle cans. Although Steve doesn't usually take on spray jobs, I asked him if he would do mine. It's a hell of a lot of work & to my surprise he said yes. However, there are so many different types of 2 tone & everyone has their own idea of what looks "right" after some thought, I thought it safest to do it myself, then I only have myself to blame if it doesn't come out right.
     
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    OK, stained, sealer coat on, edges done, let's have a go at sunbursting. The trick is to spray the far edge so that there's no overspray going onto the middle. It's better to under-do it & have a look, then maybe do a bit more, than go too far with the tobacco brown. A bit wasteful with these expensive rattle cans but we've got to do it properly.[​IMG]
     
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    A bit more, getting there. Of course there are different band thicknesses on vintage fenders. I was going for about one inch of brown, which looks good to my eye.[​IMG]
     
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    Is that about right? Maybe a touch more.[​IMG]
     
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    Refer to my reference pic.[​IMG]
     
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    I think that's enough.[​IMG]
     
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    It's looking good tv - very interested to see how this turns out !
     
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