#1
okay, so i wanted a tom delonge strat(1-humbucker) but didnt have the money to buy it, and i also wanted to know the basic idea of guitar building, I decided to build a guitar with leftover parts.

I had the neck, body, and other parts which was originally from a cheap chinese strat. I decided to sand and repaint the guitar since it was dirty and was in horrible condition.(↓guitar's original pic)


i sanded the headstock and body, then sprayed wood polymer. after that i used some yellow laquer spray.


after that replaced the bridge, knobs, pots to 500K, and changed the bridge pickup to a used Dimarzio humbucker.


i also arranged the wiring so it's a 1-volume, 1-tone guitar. the single coil pickups are just fake ones, so it's actually a 1-Humbucker guitar.(I messed up when I was trying to cut the pickguard)




pickups were $25 in USD, bridge was 5$, also i needed some other stuff so it cost me about 60$(7000 yen) in total. it sounds really powerful, and sounds good especially with overdrive.
comments please also I'm thinking of some funny things to put on this guitar(stickers, etc) so ideas would be great too(especially for the headstock)

EDIT: this was the first time i modded a guitar...
also the laquer is really thin on the back, but it turned out to be pretty good, so i left it that way.
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Last edited by zoltan256 at Aug 25, 2006,
#2
you might want to buy a new pickgaurd which is cut for a humbucker there pretty cheap

to be honest i dont see the point in one humbucker in a strat, its made for singles and thats the sound that you get a strat for, but still good job
#5
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you might want to buy a new pickgaurd which is cut for a humbucker there pretty cheap

to be honest i dont see the point in one humbucker in a strat, its made for singles and thats the sound that you get a strat for, but still good job


true but what's the harm? i mean there's still 2 single coils there so a hummer can't hurt to bring a bit more crunch in it. i'm personally a fan of superstrats.
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#7
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true but what's the harm? i mean there's still 2 single coils there so a hummer can't hurt to bring a bit more crunch in it. i'm personally a fan of fatstrats.



Edited for correctness .


But in response to the thread, it looks pretty decent, especially since it's your first try (it is your first isn't it? ). However, the laquer on the back looks a little thin, maybe you should give it another coat? Unless that's the look you're going for.

Regardless, great job!
#8
I'd block the vibrato assembly too, since you are (presumably) a punk guitarist. Buy some more springs to put in the back and block up the gap in the body with a bit of wood. Also, pickguards aren't too expensive, so you might as well buy a new one and do whatever you did wrong, right.
Feel free to ignore my ranting.

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#9
I wanted to a delonge too (single bucker I know I know but I think it sounds good) so I bought a squier affinity strat as it's alder like a standard.

So I got it in blue but decided what the hell and redid it black with john mayer like speed stripes (gray) and of course bought a new pickguard, duncan invader and a convertible bridge to go from tremelo to hardtail.

All in all it wasn't easy but they're really really fun guitars!
#11
cool, thats simlar to my baby. My BASTARDCASTER. It has a no name humbucker in the bridge (what? I like the way it sounds) a tone and a volume. Heres a picture of it(but I put black speed knobs on it since then):




I'm to lazy to resize the picture right now. It has some really random stickers on it.
#12
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cool, thats simlar to my baby. My BASTARDCASTER. It has a no name humbucker in the bridge (what? I like the way it sounds) a tone and a volume. Heres a picture of it(but I put black speed knobs on it since then):




I'm to lazy to resize the picture right now. It has some really random stickers on it.
thats a cool gutiar... the stickers look nice
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#13
Thank you. I'm working on putting a pickup in my acoustic now. Well, its in there but theres some problems. Check out the "acoustic electric" thread to see what I mean.
#14
i added some tape and stickers... heres the pic
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#15
take off the hanging stuff its dumb looking


tape around the lower horn (its what most people do when they lose screws but it looks cool on an F**cked up guitar)
#16
It looks horribly disgusting. Srry.
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#17
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take off the hanging stuff its dumb looking


tape around the lower horn (its what most people do when they lose screws but it looks cool on an F**cked up guitar)
yea i know it looks really gay what do you mean by the "lower horn"?
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#19
like this?



it doesnt look very well, so i think ill take it off later...
also i ran out of tape
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Last edited by zoltan256 at Aug 26, 2006,
#20
Ya, but you wrap the whole horn. It dosent look good with you design though(or maybe its that tape.). take the tape off the horns and just leave the piece across the body.
#21
The front dont look too bad, but the back is hideous. And just so oyu know, I huess it didnt sink in when others posted it. Tom DeLonge's strat has only on humbucker and no other pickups and only one volume knob and nothing else. And I dont know your financial situation but with the gold birdge and chrome hardware, hand hacksaw cut pickguard, that thing over all looks horrible. Youd be best off to invest in a pickguard made for a Fat Strat setup and a chrome bridge. And dont pull that emo BS with putting on stickers to make a sh itty paint job come off as acceptable. Strip it back down re paint it and take your time to make it look good and then match up the hardware finishes and buy a shop made pick guard, and then youll have a good looking guitar.
#23
^well I'm planning to get a new pickguard and other parts soon... it's just that guitar parts in japan cost so much... its like 35$ USD for a pickguard(it costs more than the guitar!! ), and it doesnt make sense using any more money on a cheap guitar that is made or hardwood or agathis.
I'm thinking of modding a squier affinity tele(alder body) soon, and when I do that i'll be serious and take more time... I was just playing around with this one to learn about guitars and soldering.

anyways heres an updated pic

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#24
is it just me, or does the back have green all over it. I looked better before the paintjob m8.
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#25
Honestly, it looked better before. I'd strip it and repaint and take all the dumb stickers off and crap.
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#27
I think the yellow with stickers is awesome. If he likes it, keep it that way. It's what you like, not other people. I personally think you should get a new pickguard, but that's just my opinion.
#28
yeah a new pickgaurd would do wonders for it, other than that nice idea, i'd just use duct tape for the stickery things though rather than them badminton sticker whatever they are's
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#29
to be quite honest, i'd buy a new guitar mate. Wtf have you done to this poor thing. Now it looks total s**t. If you wanted the tom delonge look then why not buy the guitar. Whatever you do, dont try guitar modification again
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#30
Damn, you bastardized that whole guitar, but especially the pickguard.
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#31
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to be quite honest, i'd buy a new guitar mate. Wtf have you done to this poor thing. Now it looks total s**t. If you wanted the tom delonge look then why not buy the guitar. Whatever you do, dont try guitar modification again


Hey man, it's a learning curve, y'know? Just because his first guitar didn't come out too well doesn't mean he should never try again, don't be so harsh!
Feel free to ignore my ranting.

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#32
I personally don't like stickers but design is always personal ... so, whatever makes you happy

Now, if you're going to do some refinishing in the future, these 2 websites have been very helpful:

Project Guitar

and

ReRanch 101

BTW, Japan-made Fenders, for the local market, are pretty awesome. I've gotten my dad to bring some from his business travels and twice when I visited.
#33
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to be quite honest, i'd buy a new guitar mate. Wtf have you done to this poor thing. Now it looks total s**t. If you wanted the tom delonge look then why not buy the guitar. Whatever you do, dont try guitar modification again


Hey man maybe he doesn't have $400 to buy that guitar, I mean by the looks of it he can't even afford a pickguard. Besides the TDL guitar has only 1 p/u, this one has 3 and the paint job turned out a lot better than mine!
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