NGD! (Dream guitar)

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by jannodude, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. jannodude

    jannodude Tele-Holic

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    I’ve decided to bring my dream guitar (1959 Stratocaster in Daphne Blue w/ Maple Fretboard) into a reality. I’ve done plenty of research over the past few months. I narrowed down my options to make this dream come true. It would be a pricey option to purchase a custom shop nor do I want to take a $3599+ guitar out to jam with my buddies.

    My other option was Fender’s Mod Shop. I didn’t choose this option as it’s essentially an American Standard in which I already own. I browsed around for a reputable luthier that is local and reasonable. I found Mike Reynolds in San Jose, CA. Mike specializes in “refretting” guitars but offers fret-leveling/set-ups/assembly/and electronics repair.

    Check him out, tons of positive reviews and testimonials:

    https://www.facebook.com/SanJoseFretworks/

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/mike-reynolds-fretwork-and-guitar-repair-san-jose

    I decided to upgrade my ‘16 American Standard Stratocaster neck with:

    Stainless steel frets - Jescar 55090/Narrow tall frets (similar to Dunlop 6105)
    Custom bone nut

    I purchased a Warmoth body in Daphne Blue and equipped it with:

    Xotic Raw Vintage 60 Pickup set
    Emerson Pre-wired Blender kit
    Fender American Standard bridge and springs (from current body)
    Fender Mint Pickguard
    Fender Aged white knobs, pickup covers, and switch-tip
    Fender Screws (pickguard, pickups, switch)
    Fender American Strap button set

    This guitar plays like butter! I couldn’t ask for a better playing guitar. The stainless steel frets feels really smooth under my fingers. The pickups paired with the blender kit allows me to dial different tones that I won’t normally get from a 5-way switch. The Raw Vintage 60 pickups are wound a little hotter (6.1k, 6.1k, 6.7k) than my Fender Fat 50s and are not as bright. They have a more pronounced midrange.

    I’m impressed with the fit and finish from Warmoth. The body has a resonance similar to my American Standard. I’m flabbergasted and thankful to be able to finally own my dream guitar.


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  2. Ducerro

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    Great color combo! That's simply stunning!
     
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    Pure love for that strat
     
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    tubelectron Tele-Meister

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    I agree...

    -tbln
     
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    Lovely!
    Isn't it a fabulous feeling to put together your perfect guitar?
     
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    fenderrookie A fan of Leo!

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    Oh,......that one is fabulous!

    Congrats
     
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    Agree, stunning guitar. Nice photography too. Congrats!
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Neato!
     
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    That thing rocks! I love the Fender blues. A new Strat in any Fender blue is heavenly. Congratulations!
     
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    Truely a statement and reflection of self - Awesome we would love to hear how she sounds!
     
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    Daphne Blue with a maple neck is my favorite as well.
     
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    That's one beautiful guitar with some killer specs.

    Congrats to you for your Dream guitar.

    I'm sure that guitar sounds amazing.
     
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Well alright then - congrats!
     
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    Yep that's a stunner!
     
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    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    It is such a joy to create guitars that you personally spec out right down to the last detail. Glad you love it!
     
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    Thank you for all the kind words.
     
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    Look, I'll show my age now how much does she weight?

    For the record in my twenties I wanted the heaviest hunk of wood possible. Now some decades later that seventies Ibanez sounds better every day.
     
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    Beautiful guitar, glad your dream came true!
     
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    It`s gorgeous.Why not put vintage tuners on to finish it off? Split shafts are a joy for re-stringing too
     
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