#1
Ok so I called it a "sort of" build cause all I really did was take some parts I had laying around and buy some new ones, cut everything up the way I like it, and screw it all together!

Body: Normal strat body, cut out about 25 years ago and never finished. I cut the cutaways considerably deeper, and sculpted back the heel, somewhat after the Ibanez style heels. I carved a little bit more out of the bottom left front, to rest my arm on, and smoothed out the belly carve in the back.

Neck: Again, this used to be a normal strat style neck; I cut the headstock to taste, thinned it out a bit in the back, sculped the back to the new heel, and did a full scallop. The fretts are jumbo, the wood is obviously birds eye maple, and the fingerboard is ebony. I snagged this off eBay with a nut and truss rod already installed, because I can't make a neck yet.

Electronics: GFS pre wired pickgaurd, cut to fit the deeper cutaways.

Hardware: A mixed bag really; Fender licensed bridge, knobs off a Jackson RR3 I used to have, Wilkinson tuners ( they're quite bad ), and Greasy Groove neck plate and jack.

Finish: Wood stain I got a Home Depot . You'll notice I don't know how to make the grain even with the "other parts" of the wood...

I actually ended up selling this recently on eBay for more than I thought it was worth, $640! Wahoo ! Sorry I don't have pics from the beggining as a proper build thread should, I put this one together before I was a frequenter of the GB&C forum. Also, something about the headstock coloring is that it was mostly done with crayons I found in my office, no joke ! Also, that's my signature at the top, Mike Misulia.

Here's a CRAPLOAD of pics, what do you all think?






Last edited by lumberjack at Feb 15, 2009,
#3
that is freaking amazing.... i love the grain, and i still cant believe you made a strat look GOOD!
EDIT: would be amazing with a locking strat trem (they have those now!!!) they are add-ons though... just another new bridge, but no locks up top
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#4
what is the advantage of "scalloped" frets? they look uncomfortable and look like they'd hurt my fingers
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that is freaking amazing.... i love the grain, and i still cant believe you made a strat look GOOD!


Thanks! Most of the mods I did to the normal strat design were simply to do away with the parts of a normal strat that I don't like, i.e. big time heel block, small frets, poor ( ok it's not that bad but it could be better ) access to the high frets, and being limited by the whole 21 fret thing, which I never totaly dug.
#8
something about the frets scares me but it probally plays really good i just can't get over how deep the frets are
#9
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That's beautiful. Remind me what the U shaped frets do/are for?


Personally, I think playing bends and really wide vibrato is easier on a scalloped fingerboard, as well as pull-offs, hammer-ons, and tapping. That's just my opinion though.

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Simply amazing! I wish my build was that SICK!


Maybe, but yours is an actual build, and all I did was re-cut a bunch of parts . Hopefully I'll be brave enough to try something like yours someday soon!
Last edited by lumberjack at Jul 21, 2008,
#11
so how much did this end costing you altoghter, if its in teh orignal post sorry, i only read the last paragraph/ and i think it looks great!
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use a straight edge for your tuners =]


Yeah, they came out pretty ugly, I didn't figure on straightening up the little screws since the tuner peg holes were already drilled straight =\. Lesson learned!

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so how much did this end costing you altoghter, if its in teh orignal post sorry, i only read the last paragraph/ and i think it looks great!


It ended up costing me about $250 in parts, and about a billion hours in labor!


Thanks for the comments everyone.
#20
wow, i just read the whole post, you got 640 for it! I'm gonna start putting some guitars up on ebay!
#21
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wow, i just read the whole post, you got 640 for it! I'm gonna start putting some guitars up on ebay!


eBay is the greatest! I have not needed a "normal" job for over a year due to buying, fixing, or making and selling guitars on eBay and Craigslist. Granted I'm only in college, so my bills arn't too extreme...