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Old 04-30-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Strat Copy Redesign

This is my first guitar related project. I've had this Ashton Strat copy lying around for a few years now and after reading through this section of the forum I was inspired to pull it apart and have a play.
In my rush to pull it apart to pieces I forgot to take before shots >.>
This is similar to what it used to look like:
http://ashtonmusic.com.au/images/products/19dpi12.jpg

And this is it as of tonight:
http://s488.photobucket.com/albums/...t=Photo0456.jpg
The design is a copy of chrisb0109's seen here http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...669&postcount=6
All though he says himself the design wasn't really though out and was a result of random cutting and messing around I just loved it and it seemed perfect to try out on a cheap guitar.
I got a bit of an '70's/'80's glam rock, pop kinda vibe from Chris' design so currently I'm thinking of gracing it with the name of 'Bowie' and going with a white or possibly sparkling silver body with each pickup cover, switch and dial a different, bright colour.

My brother's helped me out with the cutting/sand .etc as I'm not too savvy in this area. It's been sanded into shape but not back to bare wood yet, we reckon we can get away with just going over the original finish.
Next is puttying over it to cover up my shitty attempt at sanding before and then start the paint job.

Note, neither my bro or I have worked on a guitar before so we're just kinda going our own way about it to see how we end up first.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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Looks wicked,
did you just cut a chunk away and sand it the hell down for ages?

I really like it,
fill me in ;]
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:47 AM   #3
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Yep, we pretty much just made a decent sized cut and then sanded back each area until it was how we wanted it. The bottom horn wasn't easy to do and we ended up stuffing up the cut so as you can see it's been bogged up and looks a bit shoddy but hey, it's a home job! Hahaha

Only problem with the body is it came with a built in tuner which I'm not going to reinstall and so now there's a giant hole in the top horn that I'm guessing we're just gonna have to bog.
http://s488.photobucket.com/albums/...t=Photo0457.jpg
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:32 AM   #4
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Finished sanding and started puttying tonight. The only problem is that the putty's quite a nice yellow and now I have quite the conundrum choosing what colour I should go for, seeing the body in yellow. I'm quite torn between my previous idea of a sparkly, colourful look or something like a yellow body and black pup covers, volume knob .etc would ultimately be easier. I'd love some feed back!
Pics with the putty on:
http://s488.photobucket.com/albums/...t=Photo0458.jpg
http://s488.photobucket.com/albums/...t=Photo0459.jpg

Also, is it worth replacing the wiring entirely with a Strat kit of eBay or something? I'm looking to remove both tone pots and install a killswitch. Not too sure about what to do regarding pickups yet, if I keep the stock ones or not. I don't have much dosh to spend at the moment.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:39 AM   #5
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Probably buying the pickups tomorrow. Looking at some WSC's I think they are, the guy at my local music shop recommended them for a cheap pickup. I'm looking to stay under $100 so they seem perfect to start off with and I'll probably swap them with something better later on. Final design is finished and I'll hopefully be finishing off the puttying and wiring this weekend then all that's left is the paint!
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:16 AM   #6
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GFS sells some decent pickups for very cheap, they also sell kits, although I don't have any experience with them. If you still wanted to fill up that hole where the tuner was, you could cut a block of wood to fit in the hole and glue it in with wood glue.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:19 AM   #7
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I ordered the WSC's today. It's really not that much money and the guys used them before so I'm not too fussed, thanks for the recommendation though!
I also grabbed a few coloured pickup covers and volume knob. The guitars at my bro's place so work's going slow while I don't have access to it.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:43 AM   #8
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you could actually put your controls up there, and remake a pickguard to open to the pickups. I think that would be immensly cooler.
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I've thought about it but i don't really see it being any better than having the controls on the body. I'm not sure what you mean about having the pickguard open to the pickups though.
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I have to say, that shade of yellow looks awesome.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:14 PM   #11
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Yeah after seeing it I've now totally dropped my original design though i'm not using that yellow for the body. I'm hoping to paint the body orange and have the pickguard a similar yellow as the putty. If all goes well it should look pretty insane imo =D
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I've thought about it but i don't really see it being any better than having the controls on the body. I'm not sure what you mean about having the pickguard open to the pickups though.


What i mean is, only cover the cavity, and dont drill holes for the volume and tones and such.
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Hmmm I dunno, I don't really like the idea of a plane pickguard. It'd definitely be great for something different, though.

Anyone have any other ideas on something I could use the cavity for?
Also, does anyone know if you can order pickguard material in the same or similar yellow as the guitar is in the pic I posted before? I haven't seen any around and I'm thinking I might have to just have a go at painting my current one.
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Finally finished the wiring today, HUGE thanks to MonkeyLink for all the help.
I haven't got the bridge with me atm so that's not on yet though it's got a string or two stuck in it that I've tried to get out but are still wedged in there so I'll probably just go buy a new one. There're a few scratches just above where the bridge sits from when I sat the pickguard on there and the pickup screws scratched it =/ but I'm not too fussed.
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Done! Well pretty much, I took it into the guitar tech today to have the neck straightened and to be restrung and it sounds great! Exactly the sound I was looking for. A great clean sound from the single coils in contrast to the humbuckers I'm used to on my Epi Dot and the humbucker adds a bit of versatility and a great rock sound with distortion. All that needs to be done are we need to drill the holes for the strap which I'm not sure where to put them. Big thanks to everyone who helped though, I'm very happy with it =D


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That looks great! Not usually a fan of weird shapes, but something about this one just works for me Nice job. Did you follow any particular guide for painting and finishing? That's the part that let down my previous project Cheers.
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that is sexy! nice colour too and the pick ups look cool. what does it play like?
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That looks great! Not usually a fan of weird shapes, but something about this one just works for me Nice job. Did you follow any particular guide for painting and finishing? That's the part that let down my previous project Cheers.

Uhh not really, my brother and I kinda just did our own thing


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that is sexy! nice colour too and the pick ups look cool. what does it play like?

Haha thanks dude! Plays soooo good, has a great clean sound which is a good contrast to my Epi Dot which handles heavy stuff really well. Couldn't sound any better =D
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