Upcoming parts caster idea - am I crazy?

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  1. Jim Sams

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    I always loved the old Hamer Prototype/phantoms. When I had one, I thought they a good a job as anything to have Gibson and fender tones.
    I have always thought about building my own parts caster version. I have the later Phantom Duncan bridge single coil and the three coil pickup mounting ring. The later versions used a JB but I might use a Duncan 59.
    My thoughts are to use a mahogany Tele Paul body, with a,humbucker route in the bridge and a single coil route in the neck. Then rout the bucker route out to triple coil size.
    From my recollection, the neck single sounded pretty much like a strat neck pup. I have a line on a real Duncan phantom neck pup but I wonder if it is worth the premium as I have several good strat pups laying around I could use.
    I am thinking of using a warmoth mahogany conversion neck.
    The bridge will be a wraptail.
    Since this is following the spirit of the Hamer, any reason this will fail if I do my job?
     
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    Attached is a pic of the body. I need to route the bridge pickup position for the triple coil.
     

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    Ok so I got the router out...

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    triple coil ring is from frets on the net, single coil from Josh Gravelin
     
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    I think I’ll put forearm and belly contours on it next....
     
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    Ok I took a Shinto rasp to a perfectly good body....I really need a better way to hold the body to my little welding table.
    Anyone have any cheap clamp ideas? I think I’ll take off a little more on the forearm area. Since the bridge will be higher off the body than a strat, I don’t think I’ll need to go crazy with wood removal
     

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    Cool project!

    A cheap clamp idea?

    Sure. Take some scraps of plywood or two-by whatever and fasten them together at a right angle to make a clamping fixture.

    You can clamp one side of your "clamping fixture" to your table and then clamp the body to the other "wing".

    You can make your "clamping fixture" very rigid by fastening a block or two of scrap wood between the "wings" to stiffen it up.

    Having the body in a position that makes it easy to work on takes most of the "work" out of the job and lets you concentrate on the best part of the job :).

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    Those exceptionally thin Hamer pickups
    really sound good. Really Stratty...
     
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    Making progress with the finish. Whitewash then black timber mate filler
     

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    Those Hamer Prototypes are fun and have been on my someday-to-build list.

    Another in a similar idea is the Robbie Robertson Strat with the middle pickup pushed back to the bridge pickup for 'HS' but has a regular 5-way with a push/pull series humbucker option. Fender launched a Squier model similar to the RRS but a different 5-way wiring scheme without the push/pull.


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    They are really wound on. Hum bucker bobbins with rod magnets shoved through the bobbin. The magnets stick out of the bottom of the pickup Quite a bit
     
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