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Hey there kids. This past week I decided to start up a new project for the summer. After my last double-cut telecaster project went down the ****ter, I really wanted to make something I could be proud of. I looked around for something unique and fun and I stumbled across a stratocaster body with a flamed maple top. So $65 later I now have the body in my possession. I'm pretty impressed with it.

Here's a pic of the top after being wiped with a damp towel. The flame pattern is actually really nice.



I haven't really decided much else as far as stain, hardware, but I have decided to just use an old loaded MIJ strat pickguard I've had laying around for quite some time. I've been looking around for a maple neck and I should have one by next week. But any suggestions you guys might have, I'd love to hear them.
#2
that is nice. Vintage three-tone-Sunburst ftw for that one.
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that would look really nice with a dark blue around the outside, slowly changing into light blue on the inside.
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#4
You could try an uncommon coloured burst, like green or a multi-layer multicolour burst.

The classic three tone is always a looker, especially with a slightly aged pickguard and knobs.
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It's a beauty. See through black please.
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#8
$65?

Did you find the holy grail of flame-top bodies or something? Please post a link if there's more.

That thing is SWEET looking.

Whatever you decide to put on it, make sure you can really see the grain. I'd even like that in a an all-natural look, sort of a honey colored stain... but a burst will look best.
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#9
That is ridiculously cheap.

Consider a 2 tone sunburst as well. Looks really classy imo. Although gold hardware can look nice with that colour i think id prefer it without.

Id suggest aged cherry burst as well, but thats a fairly common colour and you might wanna do something a bit different.
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#10
Dragonburst! I saw some a pic of a Dragonburst carvin around here one time and it was great (Blue on the outside green on the inside I think it was)
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Imo. route it for floyd rose, and make it HSS with some SD's. Throw a classic stack in there with a JB. That would be some pretty awesome stuff
Dragonburst finish looks sweet

This is pretty nice too

This is my favorite though
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emerald green ftw
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Wow, great suggestions guys. The 3-tone burst is probably my favorite right now. Something with a amber, to dark brown, to black. I'm relitively new to staining and dyes so I'm going to practice a little bit before I dive right in.

I did get the body pretty cheap, one of my fathers old classmates was or is still a luthier and he's giving me great deals on things he has lying around his shop. He left a messege on my phone last night about a paddle headstock neck he might let go for cheap. I'll call him tommorow.

Also, I was wondering if a local shop like Home Depot, or Menards will have wood dyes? I assume they would, but I'd rather just save a trip by asking or calling them.

Keep the suggestions coming.
#16
Well, I searched on the home depot website, and I know they have stains and sealants(sp?), but when I searched for dyes, all I got was printers.
Since when does Home Depot sell printers?
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#17
sell one to me!!!
how much??
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Well, $50 and a two hour roundtrip drive later I have my neck!




I just got done outlining the headstock. It looks real good. I'm very excited for this project to get going.

I still haven't done much research on where I'm going to get my dyes, but I suppose I have time.

I talked to the luthier I've gotten my body and neck from so far, and he told me he has a few other things I could get from him if I need them. He has a bridge off a highway one he'd let me have for cheap, some tuners, and maybe some other little stuff. I've been calculating it and I think I'll be able to complete this build well under $400. Which makes this starving college student very happy.
#20
Nice flame on that. I personally think that the dragonburst with a white pearloid pickguard would be amazing.
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#21
Damn, man... those are nice parts even if you paid a chunk of change for them.
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even if you paid a chunk of change for them.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding you? I got the body and neck for a total of $115. Not a bad deal IMO.
#23
Yeah, you can't hear my tone over the internet. You got a WICKED deal on those parts. They would still be nice if you had much more for them.
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#24
Today when I came home from work I found a package at the front door. Inside was a bridge off of a Highway One stratocaster.



Only another $50 and I'm well on my way to completing the project. Here's just kind of a mock-up with the bridge and the pickguard on it.



The only few things I have left to get are some tuners which are on route to my house and should be here sometime this week, output jack and output plate which a friend of mine is giving me, a nut for the neck which I'll pickup after I have the tuners, and then of course the wood dyes which I'm still not 100% sure on where I'm going to get. But as far as ideas for a stain I've been searching around for examples and I've taken a liking to the aged tiger finish as seen on the Joe Perry LP.



Any tips or suggestions are welcome.
#25
Hey there guys, I went and picked up a nut for the neck today and I was just wondering what sort of glue I should use to attach it to the neck? Would regular super glue work or should I use something stronger?
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Hey there guys, I went and picked up a nut for the neck today and I was just wondering what sort of glue I should use to attach it to the neck? Would regular super glue work or should I use something stronger?


I believe the string tension should be enogh to keep it there, no?

I've never done anything like this, but my Godin's nut seems to stay put without any glue.
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#28
Just put a dab of wood glue on it. Not much at all though, that way when you take off your strings, your nut wont fall off. Plus I would just fell better knowing that its glued on.
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#29
Is that a solid maple top or a veneer?
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#30
The last nut I did, I just pressed it in. It was a little too tight for the slot, so I filed it until it fit very snug.
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#31
Veneer. I did some staining tonight, it's looking pretty badass if I dont say so myself. Pics will be up either later tonight or tommorow night.
#32
Not a big fan of the LP in the pic there. The brown looks too.... paneling colored.
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