Christmas Present to Myself

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Just finished this on Thursday. I bought the neck but the rest I did myself. I have a jig for the body so I traced it on some swamp ash I bought, cut it and routed it. After that, I used Behlen walnut dye to darken it. I then sealed it with shellac, filled the grain and sprayed it with 11 coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. I finished the maple neck the same way except the back of it. I don’t like the feel of nitro on the neck so after I sealed it with shellac I put several coats of Tru-Oil on it. It feels great and plays as good as it feels.

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 05:55 AM

That is awesome craftsmanship. I admire your talent. You need to make a video of you playing it!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 12:12 PM

Awesome job, bet it sounds great.

-- Doug...

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Scott Landry

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 01:46 PM

I had swamp ash once. It itched like hell. Nice guitar BTW.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#4 posted 12-20-2015 02:03 PM

This instrument is a beautiful piece of work.

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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#5 posted 12-20-2015 05:10 PM

Nice job!

-- -jason

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#6 posted 12-20-2015 05:55 PM

Thanks for the very kind comments everybody! Scott, be careful with that itch, it could lead to the red ash!

-- Semper Fi

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#7 posted 12-20-2015 06:12 PM

Yeah buddy. Gonna build a bass one day. Hope it comes out as well as yours.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 12-20-2015 06:55 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 12-21-2015 10:02 PM

Beautiful Strat! You got it just right.
I love the colors.
I’ll bet it plays great too.

-- Chem, Central California

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#10 posted 12-22-2015 02:12 AM

Thanks, guys! It does play good. I like a wider neck and this one is 1 3/4” at the nut which is 1/8” wider than the average neck. Lots of real estate, just like I like it!

-- Semper Fi

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