Exact twin of 1960 Stratocaster

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Project by lashing posted 973 days ago 1907 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just to show it could be done to anal epic proportions. I had a 1960 Stratocaster in for restoration. So I templated that very guitar and made its twin. Lots of little details in materials and build. Old school routing including tool marks of pin router slop. Brazilian Rosewood, clay dots, Celluloid Pickguard, Nylon knobs ….. had the bridge machined to the old specs. The only part on this thing off the shelf are the tuners and fretwire. Everything else had to be made. Knobs cast, pickup covers, Italian celluoid which I had made 2 years ago … Now I play it.

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#1 posted 973 days ago

Ahhhhhhh, What beauty. pickups, new or old?

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Mark E.

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#2 posted 973 days ago

That’s a beautiful thing!!!

-- Mark

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#3 posted 973 days ago


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

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#4 posted 973 days ago

absolutely amazing work! That is kind of a long term goal of mine, a totally home made guitar (minus pickups, which I could probably make myself, but I would like it to sound good when it’s finished :P )
Excellent job!

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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#5 posted 973 days ago

Quite a few would like to make guitar like that.. including me but not all have skills to do it you sure have it.. great job


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#6 posted 973 days ago

that was my first guitar… brings back memories. Great job on the replication, looks beautiful

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 973 days ago

Wow, very nice. You sure went to a lot of trouble, but it sounds like a labor of love. I just nabbed a 50th anniversary American Standard to throw into the pile. I’ve had GAS for years.

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

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#8 posted 973 days ago

Thanks lumberpeeps

Theres more pictures of it at

This is what I do all day, restorations and such. Its really all I know how to make so I come here to see beautiful creations of furniture etc.

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#9 posted 972 days ago

It is craftmanship like this that makes this site so wonderful, the variety is simply amazing. And yes, to being totally anal about your dream, it is all you have – so do it well.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 972 days ago

Beautiful guitar. I’m sure it sounds and plays amazing.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#11 posted 972 days ago

Crap, this is fantastic. You stopped me cold at clay dots. So wonderful.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 969 days ago


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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