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Hello guys this is my frist build, and i'm pretty excited about it. I've been lurking around here for a while and now i'm just inspired to go ahead and do this. I've just started ordering parts and this is what I have / am getting

Natural Ash Body (Wood finish) *Purchased
Fender Birdseye Maple Strat Neck w/ Jumbo frets and Abalone inlays *Purchased
Tortoise Pickguard
Seymour Duncan TB-11 Custom Custom bridge pickup
Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 Neck pup
Chrome Hardware
Last edited by vizun at Aug 14, 2008,
#2
Hey bro, I'm building a strat as well, that looks pretty sick ass.
Keep me updated?

P.S- Do you know what Trem that is in the picture? I'm trying to find a nice gold one for my Strat (blue body, gold hardware- pics up soon)
#3
Thanks, I'll definitely keep yall updated.

And yes, I just took all the parts I'm buying and put them together in photoshop, so I do know what trem that is I just PM'd you.

Pup color?
#4
I'm still debating on mine.. I'm using a Lace Sensor Blue/Silver/Red set in a white pickguard.. so I might use black just to balance it out..

but I'm also considering getting the body modded to fit 2 hums like you have.. I'm debating between hums and singles, but can't go in the middle.
I hate HSS strats


And for your pups.. I say the cream ones
Last edited by Vinyl_Master at May 20, 2008,
#5
Yeah I think I like the black / cream ones too. I've just been looking at this thing so much while trying to put it together that i can't even tell what looks good anymore
#6
from what i can tell from this photoshop, this will be a great build, love the natural ash
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#8
what's wrong with a one-piece neck??

cause if there is somthin' wrong, id better tell the guy ive done all of my builds for about it!!
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#9
AngusJimiKeith, thanks, if it turns how I imagine it (and photoshopped it) then it's going rock. I just took pictures of the parts i'm getting and used that to make the composite, so the colors should be pretty close.

HarperCustom, I don't actually know if it's a one peice, why?
#10
wood inevitable warps/bends/moves. if you have a one piece neck, it will happen, if you take your one piece, rip it down the middle, flip one piece over, and reglue, each side will counter-act the other sides warp/movement and your neck will be stable, pretty much forever, assuming you jointed it correctly. i hand-plane all my glue joints, youd be surprised how crappy even the best jointer is, nowhere near perfect.
It could take a week, it could take 10 years, but your wood will move somehow, i like to be prepared, all my necks are atleast two-laminates, always from he same piece of wood though.
#11
even with a good truss rod? or is the warp just that bad?
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#12
Eh, well then i guess i'll deal with that when it happens. Hopefully that won't be too soon That's good information to know for anything i do from here on.
#13
truss rod corrects your amount of relief, but it only goes so far. your truss rod cannot correct a twiss, swell, shrink, warp, etc.

Its the biggest problem in professional precision woodworking. when building chairs, i always do a two-piece bookmatched seat, i cut it, shape it, let it sit for a day or two, come back and it will no longer sit flat, it will get a concave side, and a convex side. its inevitable to happen to all wood eventually unless done correctly.
#14
damn. and ive made two set-neck one piece neck guitars. sucks for the guy i built 'em for
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Whenever I clean my guitars, my family wonders why it smells so good; I say that I exude a fresh citrus scent from hidden orifices.
They stopped asking
#15
yeah, i mean its not that big of a problem, or else no one would do it, but im just really annoying with the way i build things out of wood. if i dont get a perfect grain match on a two piece body, i throw the wood out, you know? also if your guitar tips over, and its got a laminated neck, it wont break, unless you REALLY want it too, or you suck at jointing wood.
#16
^and unless ur pete townshend, ur not gonna want a brand new build to break

i see where ur comin' from..epic failure of a tv stand build two years ago kinda puts me in the same boat..
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They stopped asking
#17
All white pickups. I think the zebras are just out of place... they don't even work to accent anything really.
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#20
Well after I sat here and looked at this for a while the light wood, pearl pickguard, and light neck... and then white pups just doesn't set with me. I love the way it looks, but it just doesn't quite work for me, I need more contrast. SO, I'm changing it from a pearl pg to a black one. I really like the way black contrasts over the wood body, and I've already bought the body and neck.

Chrome or Gold? (ignore the abalone knobs)

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Last edited by vizun at Aug 14, 2008,
#21
Why is there a black pickguard/pickups?? II sugest gold. All gold hardware, white pickups, white pickguard
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#22
So Kisekae is awesome, and i'm going to waste hours playing with it. Anyhow, this is where i'm at right now (pic below) Again I already have the body and neck, so i'm for sure doing those two, but the pickguard is what's coming into question right now.

TORTOISE or BLACK pg?

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Last edited by vizun at Aug 14, 2008,
#23
Ok, so i got the body in here's a pic of the body. It looks a little more "orangey" in the picture than it does in person, but here it is. Maybe a real picture will help some of you form an opinion as to what pickguard looks better

#25
Yeah, i'm leaning toward the tortoise. I just really like the way tortoise looks, and this body has a "warm" natural finish, so i think that will go very nicely with the tortoise. But black is sleek
Last edited by vizun at May 21, 2008,
#28
Tortoise. I'd always pick tortoise with a natural finish. In a freaking heartbeat.
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#29
i agree. i'll never in my life have any problems choosing a pickguard for a natural or white guitar, it'll always 100% of the time be a tortoise guard.
#31
Where'd you get that body?

Gear
Gibson Les Paul Traditional
Carvin V3 and Marhall 1960A cab
2 B.C. Rich Ironbird Pro
Schecter Hellraiser 6
Boss ML-2

#32
the red pearliod pguard with cream pups
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#33
Quote by HarperCustom
wood inevitable warps/bends/moves. if you have a one piece neck, it will happen, if you take your one piece, rip it down the middle, flip one piece over, and reglue, each side will counter-act the other sides warp/movement and your neck will be stable, pretty much forever, assuming you jointed it correctly. i hand-plane all my glue joints, youd be surprised how crappy even the best jointer is, nowhere near perfect.
It could take a week, it could take 10 years, but your wood will move somehow, i like to be prepared, all my necks are atleast two-laminates, always from he same piece of wood though.


not necessarily - thats how it works in theory, but if they are the same wood, from the same plank, then they are usually sucseptible to the same situations, and therefore they would warp around the same time - if you were using a maple / walnut/ maple laminate tho then this wouldn't happen as easily because of the different woods
#34
I got my neck in today! I'm excited this thing is awful purdy




So i think it looks really good! But i still haven't decided on the pickguard so I haven't bought everything else yet.
Last edited by vizun at May 23, 2008,
#36
hey dude, love the geet build plan, but i just bad to say this... why have you chosen gold hardware??? i dont like to tell you what you should like, but every guitar ive ever had with gold hardware has started to look really tired after a year or two cos the gold just goes all pitted and nasty.

just food for thought mate cos ive sold guitars because of it, all my hardware is now nickel, stainless or black

peace

G
#37
Yeah, I'm not doing gold hardware. I decided against that after i changed from the white perloid pg. I'm doing chrome hardware for sure. The only thing i don't know about is the PG
#38
i think the black pg with black pups looks REALLY classy and timeless... youll still be enjoying its aesthetic in 10 years ;-)

peace

G
#39
Man, I really want to see a tortoise pickguard on this thing.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#40
Alright, well I bought all the rest of the parts today so I'll probably build it next weekend. I'm Excited! And you guys will just have to wait and see which pickguard I got. But i'll just let you know that it came down to a coin toss
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