A Multiscale Strat

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Project by Ripthorn posted 11-04-2014 09:10 PM 2149 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a guitar I built just for fun. I had a strat body that I had built for a previous guitar that I was unhappy with, so I stripped it, filled the trem cavity, and refinished. The body is basswood. I decided to go for a multiscale (multiple scale length) guitar, so I built a neck out of chechen with a bloodwood fretboard, curly maple skunk stripe, and abalone dots. The neck is finished in oil and wax, the body is nitrocellulose lacquer. The bridge was my own simple creation from a block of aluminum. A very fun project.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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Don W

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 10:02 PM

Nice piece. The color combo is great.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 11-05-2014 12:14 AM

I just got my Taylor GS plans in the mail, so am looking forward to joining the guitar club. Thanks for sharing. Love the look.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 12:56 AM

New to the party here, so I’m wondering how you laid out the radial frets. Or maybe that was an accident? :)

Your Strat caught my eye because I play a naturally-finished Highway 1. Play “at” is probably a better description.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 01:55 PM

The frets are arranged so that the scale length at low and high E strings and the parallel fret are defined. The other strings scale lengths are linearly interpolated along the line. The frets are not in a radial pattern like Novak’s fanned fret system, rather, they are laid out in a linearly changing pattern. There is an online fret calculator called fretfind2D which will do all the math for you.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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