Purple stratocaster

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    Recently I built my second guitar a pretty close representation of a 56' strat based on a guitar that a friend had on loan. I made templates for it and was going to build another as a hardtail but I really want to do something more custom and modern bit based on that body and neck with some slight tweaks. The idea came from a brand new kahler tremolo that I have had for about 5 years waiting to go onto something.

    So here is the idea. Ash body, flame maple neck and a black Bakelite guard with slotted vintage style screws. The pickups will be HSS and I will wind them pretty hot. The color will be a violet purple stain with a dark stain/grain filler over it. The neck profile will be more like a 57' with a really hard v, locking tuners and a Teflon slippery nut like tusq or something. All hardware will be black.

    Basically I want to take all the best cool features of a vintage strat and all the best modern features and combine them, very similar to charvel but hopefully more like someone tooh a vintage guitar and cut it up and refinished it. Something like this...

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    I just ordered wood yesterday and pickup supplies a couple days ago so I hope to get started soon.
     
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    This is the color I will be going for.

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    Here is my Kahler tremolo that I will use I like it because it is a hybrid type that has an Allen screw to lock it from moving. Also the route doesn't go through the body so it is kind of like a hardtail but with the option of a tremolo.
     
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    And it was made to fit right in to the same area as the original fender style tremolo.
     
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    And a neck similar to this.
     
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    I may try to stain it to something like this roasted maple neck, but not as dark.
     
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    Kind of like this. Sort of.
     
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    I ordered parts from mojotone to wind pickups and I have a few options. I ordered two extra sets of parts to experiment with five different types of pickups. The rear humbucker will probably be a dual rail ceramic mag with these.

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    The other is a PAF style with an alnico 8 and probably a brass baseplate. I want a dimarzio super distortion type of sound.
     
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    The next and maybe the most interesting is this one a strat bobbin made for a rail or bar magnet. I am going to use an alnico 5 bar magnet with awg 43 gauge enamel wire. In fact all of them will probably use this wire.

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    The next will be a rail with small bobbins and undecided if the rad will be flat or curved I ordered both. Probably flat for this one.

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    The last is a half a single coil shaped bobbin with a rail.
     
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    Both those get these bottoms. The hard part will be figuring how to wind them all differently to make them sound unique.
     
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    I think the half single coil type I will wind a little mismatched with whatever fits on the bobbin, the other mini humbucker ltype I think I am going to match very closely so it is smooth. The bar magnet one I will just see how much fits with 43 gauge. I do have 42 gauge formivar and enamel but I want to try more winds on all of these. For the ceramic rail I have the option of two or four magnets I will start with four and remove two if I feel like it is too much, they will also probably be mismatched coils with the hot being overwound. The alnico 8 paf type will have the slug coil overwound. That is the plan as of now all subject to change of course. I have not decided if I am going to make the pickups able to be split or not mainly because I don't know if I want pull knobs or extra switches. I am going to leave the lead wires long so I can switch the middle and neck pickup while I am experimenting.
     
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    I was originally going to make just a single humbucker version with a telecaster esquire switching. I still probably will just to have an option to switch when I get bored, I really like the telecaster top hat switch tip and jazz bass knobs and will probably do that on both guards.
     
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    Oh yeah one mor thing that I plan for this is I have always wanted big dots on the neck for fret markers like 1/2" or 3/8" probably the 3/8" or both,but definitely Bakelite!
     
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    Purple is nice. I will be looking over your shoulder.
     
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    thanks Glenn, you are always one of the first to comment, I find that comforting.
     
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    You might want to measure the space available for the 19th fret dot so you don't go with something too big to fit there.
     
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    I did the 3/8" just fits but it may like cool with the big ones "dripping" over into the other frets. It might screw up a sideways fret install though. I will experiment and draw out what it will look like on a printed template PDF.
     
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    Is the headstock going to be standard strat like?
     
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