My third guitar build, a generic Stratocaster - Is it a disaster?

YorkshireSimon

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So, I've finished my first guitar build: https://www.tdpri.com/threads/my-first-tele-build.1098740/

And my second build: https://www.tdpri.com/threads/my-tiny-tele-build.1098757/

And my amp build: https://www.tdpri.com/threads/first-amp-build-rob-robinettes-micro-champ.1098676/

Time for another "me" guitar, a generic (i.e no specific date or manufacturer I'm trying to copy) Stratocaster (can I say that word on here?)..


I've cut the body, routed the pockets, and done the body shaping. Part of the way through sanding.... however, I think there was an error on my templates. They say to route the tremelo pocket 28mm deep (think it should be more like 16mm?), so without thinking this is what I did. So now the tremelo pocket and the pickup pockets meet each other:

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Is this a total disaster?

Seems I can just ignore this and move on, does the tremelo need a "floor" in its pocket? I don't think the pickups will care ?
 

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Go for it! How thick is the wood where the bridge screws go? That would be my only concern. You may have to add some wood there…
 

Freeman Keller

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Like Timbersmith, I would be concerned where the trem claw screws anchor into the cavity. There is a lot of force trying to pull them out of the wood and I would want that area to be as strong as possible

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Other than placing the trem claw in the right spot, there isn't any problem. That space just is there to accomodate the trem springs. The top of the guitar holds the trem in place. Your neck cavity should be .625 deep. I always made the pickup routs .75 deep myself with .75 deep spring cavities. You won't have to drill a hole for the ground wire...:). The trem claw springs are usually pretty long. They usually have to be drilled at a slight angle in relation to the body plane in order to get the drill bit in there. I like to use an aircraft bit...( long one) There's a nice strat pdf in here drawn by Fender at some point. https://www.gitarrebassbau.de/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=6 They have the spring cavity at .625" deep ( where the screws go). You don't want the claw outside of the body as the cover should go there. Allparts trem claw screws are 1.75" long. https://www.allparts.com/products/gs-0039-tremolo-claw-screws?_pos=2&_sid=9738251f2&_ss=r
 
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