#1
My Idea Was to Take a Strat-styled SX With a stop-bar and work on making my own guitar.
My plan is to make a "Stratavarious" [Stradavarious inspired Stratocaster] In other words i am going to sand of the finish and put a few planed varnishes on it, then clear coat it after putting in my own personal Touch to it.
Then i plan on replacing the pickups with 2 humbuckers [split coiled] and a single coiled in the middle. And replacing the knobs with some that essentuate its finish and look.
Any advice on the following things I have wondered.
- Does varnish change the look of the instrument?
-How would i go about finding a HSH pickgaurd for a strat?
-Would it be better to just forget about the middle pick-up?
-Would i have room to install a Bigsby tremelo into the guitars body?
-And lastly im open for suggestion on the guitar.

Here is the Strat copy with the Stoptail & Tune-o-matic Bridge.
http://www.rondomusic.com/product755.html
#2
It's written "Stradivarius."

Edit: that would make your guitar a "Strativarius." Also note that the name has been used for an import instrument brand that makes notoriously bad guitars. Please don't add that "o" at the end of the word, though. It's very annoying.
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Last edited by Chad48309 at May 17, 2008,
#3
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It's written "Stradivarius."

Edit: that would make your guitar a "Strativarius." Also note that the name has been used for an import instrument brand that makes notoriously bad guitars. Please don't add that "o" at the end of the word, though. It's very annoying.


Im sorry about the spelling errors
Im probably going to shange the name but the point is im looking on advice on the subject.
#4
Well I won't comment on the spelling errors, but I am sure that it is worthwhile knowledge to someone who cares. Jeez.

Anyway, couple of things that I can tell you based on absolutely nothing but common knowledge. First is that putting a varnish on and then clearcoating is basically the same thing. You would probably want to stain the wood and then clearcoat it using either a poly or nitro finish. Nitro is what they use on most of the MIA guitars and is a little more expensive. Biggest difference between the two is that nitro takes years to completely cure (I am not kidding). You're looking at a few weeks before you would probably want to handle it. Poly is used on the import guitars and is cured in a day or two.

If you really want some good info go to reranch.com and do some reading. They have some good guides, a lot of examples and sell a lot of stuff that you will need.

One thing that I will say is that those SX guitars are fine for the money, but there is a really good chance that once you strip it you are going to have some less than sexy wood there meaning that it could be 3-5 pieces and they don't match. If it is a burst finish be careful when sanding because it may be a thin veneer.
#5
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One thing that I will say is that those SX guitars are fine for the money, but there is a really good chance that once you strip it you are going to have some less than sexy wood there meaning that it could be 3-5 pieces and they don't match. If it is a burst finish be careful when sanding because it may be a thin veneer.

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Sincerely, Chad.
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#6
How does putting varnish on a guitar make it "Stradivarius inspired?" All violins have varnish, but so does most furniture. Maybe your guitar is bookshelf-inspired.
On the helpful side, I also think it's a bad idea. Varnish on what is probably low-grade alder (not the prettiest wood in the first place) would not look very good. Varnish is probably not the easiest thing to clearcoat over either.
You can find HSH pickguards pretty much anywhere. The middle single coil is up to you but IMO it's usually pretty lame on a dual-humbucker guitar. If anything you'd want a single in the neck, that's where it sounds best to me.
There's "room" to install a bigsby on any solidbody guitar. Based on the kind of music you play I think a bigsby would be a complete waste of time and money.
My suggestions: It looks fine how it is. Get some new pickups and tuners if you're going to upgrade it.
#7
from the webpage you posted with the guitar:
"Perfect for many musical styles including rock, jazz, blues and Christian"

sorry, thats just funny to me. not christian rock, not christian metal, just christian in general. if you sing about jesus, this guitar will be great in your band!

anyways, i think its an interesting idea in theory, but like they said you're gonna have some less than desirable wood under the original finish. if you did a really dark varnish it might work, but you never know what you're gonna find after sanding it down. you might have to go with black on the back and sides and burst on the top to transition into the black, because i bet its just plywood with a veneer.