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Project by duosonicdave posted 07-24-2015 04:07 PM 1296 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up a project for my eldest – who’s a talented musician. He picked out all the woods, customized the stain color, and selected the gold hardware trim. We started it together and he did a fair amount of the initial body shaping with dad providing critical guidance for this novice woodworker. He handled it all remarkably well. I had to finish it after he went off to med school this past year. She looks and sounds great. Body wood is alder. Neck wood is chechen with quarter sawn maple binding and truss rod stripe. Abalone dots. The smile says it all!

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#1 posted 07-24-2015 05:55 PM

That is beautiful Strat!!
The smile on his face says it all sir.

-- Chem, Central California

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 06:44 PM

Very nice! I built a strat with chechen neck last year. I like it.

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

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#3 posted 07-24-2015 07:47 PM

Its one thing to coax a chunk of wood into a shape we want. Its another to inlay decoration and mate large pieces of wood effectively. Its another all together when it actually makes music !
Congratulations ! It is a beautiful guitar. Tell your oldest to record a You-Tube segment so we can hear it play !

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#4 posted 07-25-2015 12:44 AM

Nice work. I had to google chechen, new to me, nice looking timber

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#5 posted 07-25-2015 01:45 AM

Outstanding! What did you inlay in the headstock?

-- Life is 20% of what you make it and 80% of how you take it.

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#6 posted 07-25-2015 02:15 AM

Looks like a great project and a happy time working with your son. Sounds like you have many reasons to be very proud!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 07-25-2015 01:09 PM

Beautiful guitar. The finish looks outstanding.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-25-2015 04:25 PM


-- freighttrain,ky

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#9 posted 07-25-2015 05:06 PM

You and your son are to be congratulated. It’s very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 07-25-2015 06:53 PM

That is a beutiful guitar.
Good luck in meds school.

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