my stratocaster

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Project by lukeg posted 09-15-2011 05:46 AM 1576 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the body of my basswood stratocaster style guitar. I first routed out all of the areas where the electronics and pickguard would go, then i traced my template on to the wood and cut out the overall shape of the guitar body on a band saw. I decided to go with a red gel stain for the finish and applied a thick clear coat on top.

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 06:22 AM

Man that is nice. My oldest son and I were just talking about trying to build one of these this evening. I will have to give this one a try. Any advice? Did you build the neck or purchase one?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 09:01 AM

Nice work.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 10:16 AM

Well done, looks great and I’m sure she sounds awesome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 11:56 AM

very nice. Guitar building has been on my list for awhile.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 06:17 PM

Great job. I just finished a gunmetal grey strat, so I know the feeling. I am in the midst of building two mini-PRS guitars for my kids for Christmas. Guitar building is so addicting, no wonder by the time Christmas rolls around I will have built 6 in the last year.

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

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#6 posted 09-15-2011 06:26 PM

looks great! what pickups did you use?

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#7 posted 09-16-2011 01:53 AM

very nice!!! the red stain was a great choice, it looks awesome with the black.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#8 posted 09-16-2011 06:25 AM

Awesome Guitar, and you made it sound so easy which I’m sure it wasnt, the finish really brings out the piece, good job.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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