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Old 01-11-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Fender American Special Strat: Body Swap?

I have a couple of American Special Strats. One is a black HSS, the other is a burst finished SSS. I swapped the necks on them so the HSS has maple and the SSS has rosewood.

You can see the seam on the body on the SSS. For some reason, I'm thinking maybe I'll swap the body for a single piece, but to make it worth doing it would need something else...like a nitro finish.

Think it's worth doing? Where would I get something like that? Looks like Warmoth doesn't do nitro finishes?
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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Mighty Mite does Nitro, I think. Might want to check Allparts, as well. Also, why Nitro?
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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I dunno. Cuz it's sexy I guess. Plus I like the idea of it getting dinged up and wearing nicely over time. /shrug

And I'm curious about the (debated) tonal differences. Any particular reason NOT to do nitrocellulose...other than it being less durable, which would be a plus in this case?
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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Nitrocellulose is pretty toxic in volume. I'm not sure the amount on a guitar finish is enough to cause any health issues, though.

The tonal difference between that and the Polyurethane on your AmSpec Strat is probably non-existent. I've never met anyone who had enough of a fine-tuned ear that they could spot the differences in finish by sound.

As far as the wear, yeah, Nitro will wear faster and more in the fashion that one expects from the desired look. Do you plan to have both of these Strats for 40+ years and gig them regularly? Gigging is how guitars get relic'd, not just sitting on a guitar stand.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:34 PM   #5
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Oh man, gotta love that nitro. Do it!
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:41 PM   #6
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There's a seller on ebay who seems to have good feedback. mjtele? If you do a search for "fender stratocaster replacement body nitro" he has a bunch of bodies on there. Sounds decent and looks like you can get a body for a little less than $300. Seems like a good deal maybe....?
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #7
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:58 PM   #8
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If I replaced the body it wouldn't feel like a Fender anymore. Because the pickups are meant to be changed its not a big deal but the body or neck replaced would mean a different guitar to me.

Why not refinish it?
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:45 PM   #9
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It's a multi-piece body. Was wanting 1-piece.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:58 AM   #10
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if you are willing to lay out $300 for a body for one of your strats, you could save $200 more and easily buy a third one second hand . i would do that and switch them both stock.

nitro really doesn't make a difference in tone, i think people like to think it is. think about the grain-filler that is put on guitars, that probably has a hell of a lot more of an effect than laquer. about half of my electrics are nitro half aren't.

honestly i do prefer a nitro finish, they feel a little better on the neck, and aren't sticky like some poly guitar, but either way i wound't spend $300 to have one.

also i have bought a few bodies off of ebay for different things (mainly artwork, and i bought a supposedly "strat body" that implied it would fit my neck right. it didn't. it was off. if you want a good custom body go to warmoth.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:33 AM   #11
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A 1-piece body will cost you quite a bit of money.
Even many Customshop Fenders come with 2-piece bodies.
Hell, even some pre-CBS Fenders had 3-piece bodies and nobody complains about those.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #12
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Thanks guys. Good info. I'll quit GASing now.

The American Specials are pretty great as-is so ill probably leave it alone (though I could see swapping the humbucker on the HSS at some point).
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:50 AM   #13
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That's just what I did a week or two ago.
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