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My first and only strat build thread

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by P Thought, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Blue Bill

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    PT I just found this thread, good luck!
     
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    :lol: I'm hanging mine up after I finish this one. This time I really mean it!
     
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    yeah ,yeah, that's what they all say, the smell of wood as the router cuts through it, ,the feel of the material after fine sanding, the naturally oiled wood and how the light reveals the grain. And then there is the challenge of an all mahogany Les Paul Jr or even a Les Paul Special double cut two P-90's. All those pleasant hours focusing, bringing harmony to design and materials.
    O.K. right, I believe you, sure;), this last one and out, just one more and your finished , uh-huh. :twisted:
     
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    No, really. Enough guitars. I like playing guitars that I built, but I like playing them more than building them.
     
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    :rolleyes: ia iaaa la-la-laaaah -la -la
     
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    Uh huh. Famous last words? ;)
     
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    Well, I am getting a bit long in the tooth. . .:twisted:
     
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    Shellacked the body to seal it. Oil tomorrow.

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    Pretty nice grain patterns, sometimes kind of wild around the edges!
     
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    I've not been ignoring you, just have a raging sinus infection WITH a fever lol. Here is my Junior's body but not wired up yet

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    And the basic schematic I use

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    I got from here

    https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Adding_Series_Switching_To_Your_Strat

    I use the simple one at top, and involve the middle and bridge pickup as most musicians like. I prefer neck and middle myself. I NEVER let them know about the bottom diagram that lets you do both with the same switch :eek:. Little chance of curiosity in the metal Strat crowd I served :lol:, besides it's a hassle not worth it IMO. The switch is a DPDT on/on switch available from GFS to Scrooge Mac :). The function is simple, one direction no change (except the neck tone is gone) the other position gives you gnarly humbucker depending which you choose and the pickups ;)
    I hope that is useful

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    So then, @crazydave911, the top knob is volume for every pickup, the bottom knob is tone for neck and bridge? The five-way switch is standard pickup combinations (I never played one)?
     
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    It's now an awkward 5 way switch people seem to love :rolleyes:. From the back, bridge (which never had a tone),bridge + middle, middle, neck + middle and finally neck.
    As for my mod, you can do the tone pot two ways. Middle with a jumper to the neck, that is the most Strat like thing to do. But on Junior I'm doing the simple thing that the wires already reach, running it to the volume as a master tone :). You could also run it to middle or neck only then have both only when you throw the little switch. Thoroughly confused? Sorry just giving you the goods :D. As long as I live(hopefully many years) I'll be here if you get stuck, just take good pictures lol

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    The verbals are hard for me, but I think I can follow a schematic drawing....

    I went ahead with the Tru-Oil instead of the Formby's (I know everyone is wondering). Two coats on so far, steel wool between them, and it's looking good.
     
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    4 coats of Tru-Oil, I think that's enough.

    But I think I'll knock down this last coat with some steel wool. That'll give it a nice natural look (and feel) that'll go with the unfinished neck, and it'll go with all the divots I made around the body when you look close (the worst one is my botch on the jack cavity, but the roundovers and the horns have divots too).

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    I'd maybe go 6 coats, I do Scotchbrite between coats for smoothness and steel wool only at the end maybe. Then again never did a body before :cool:
     
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    I don't want this guitar to get above its raisin'. The finish feels just the way I wanted it to.

    For most circumstances I'd agree with you, and say 6 or more coats.

    I'm waiting on an Amazon order for drill bits, then I'll get those holes drilled. Meanwhile there's the pickguard to load and the nut radius to rough out. I think for now I'll go with a conventional Strat schematic, and look at the DPDT switch as a possible mod for later.

    The body looks to me like a great rack for holding the parts, which I think are going to be great parts. I'll try to get everything lined up right with the strings.
     
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    Oops. Display of dotage. Sorry.
     

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    Hmm, let's see now...

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    I might try this tomorrow, or I might take it in--more focused solder beads, probably work better, sooner. It's not like I really plan to practice until I get good at it....

    I can work on the bridge and the neck while I wait for it back.
     
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    I took the pick guard in to have it wired, worth the money to me to have it done right. I meant to get after the nut today but I got sidetracked. Maybe tomorrow.

    For a strap I'm leaning toward the natural colored 3 inch strap from Lakota Leathers. I have one of their straps on one of my acoustics, and I've been very happy with it. Strong and comfortable. (edit: ordered it.)

    I'm still waiting on a brad-point drill bit for the neck screws, then I'll make a visit to my friend with the drill press. I hope I can get this put together on the next grandma run.
     
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