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post Mar 8 2009, 02:27 AM
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Check out my new strat copy.

I call it a "cloud burst"...
Not quite PRS custom shop quality, but hey it's original.
At first, I was going to just build a "players guitar", paint it Olympic white like Jimmi's and be done with it, but when I found this maple top body, I had to do do something more. The body is semi-hollow with chambers routed underneath the laminate top. I can't wait to hear it. I'm putting a white pick guard, maple neck, gold frets, gold hardware, Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot single coils in it, and a Wilkinson Goeth trem. This will be great in my arsenal since I don't currently have a pure strat. All I've got left to do is final sanding/polish and assemble.

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post Mar 8 2009, 02:30 AM
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Hmm, it's still to soon for me to comment deeply on it, but the idea seems nice tongue.gif


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post Mar 8 2009, 02:36 AM
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I can tell it's going to look nice James. What is that, 1/4" flamed maple top? May as well go ahead and route that bridge for a floater... laugh.gif


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post Mar 8 2009, 02:44 AM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Mar 7 2009, 05:36 PM) *
I can tell it's going to look nice James. What is that, 1/4" flamed maple top? May as well go ahead and route that bridge for a floater... laugh.gif




It does kind of look like a flame maple, but it's actually quilted.
It looks better in person and the pick guard and hardware are going to dress it up nicely.

Hmmm. Floyd Rose. ... now you got me thinking. biggrin.gif

I'll post vids of a few tunes on it when it's done. Gonna start working on Modern Blues sounds with this baby.

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post Mar 8 2009, 02:49 AM
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Im having a hard enough time learning to play them and youre building them... looks like its gonna
be nice, and should feel good once you finish it and know that you made it the way
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post Mar 8 2009, 03:02 AM
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QUOTE (JamesT @ Mar 7 2009, 08:44 PM) *
It does kind of look like a flame maple, but it's actually quilted.
It looks better in person and the pick guard and hardware are going to dress it up nicely.

Hmmm. Floyd Rose. ... now you got me thinking. biggrin.gif

I'll post vids of a few tunes on it when it's done. Gonna start working on Modern Blues sounds with this baby.

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Gonna be cool Jim for sure, have you decided on a neck? If you don't route for a floyd style bridge, I can see a nice made in the USA fender on that baby... biggrin.gif


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post Mar 8 2009, 03:14 AM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Mar 7 2009, 06:02 PM) *
Gonna be cool Jim for sure, have you decided on a neck? If you don't route for a floyd style bridge, I can see a nice made in the USA fender on that baby... biggrin.gif



Yep. I already have the neck. It's licensed by Fender, made by Warmoth. Looks exactly like a strat. If I can find a true Stratocaster decal, I'll put it on. The fretboard is maple w/compound radius. It starts out at 12" at the nut, and flattens to 16" at the 22nd fret. Abalone dot inlays, and clear satin finish.


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post Mar 8 2009, 03:39 AM
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Really cool James already thought on the pickups?


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post Mar 8 2009, 03:51 AM
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Very cool! Is this one of the chambered bodies from Warmoth?
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post Mar 8 2009, 03:58 AM
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QUOTE (JamesT @ Mar 7 2009, 09:14 PM) *
Yep. I already have the neck. It's licensed by Fender, made by Warmoth. Looks exactly like a strat. If I can find a true Stratocaster decal, I'll put it on. The fretboard is maple w/compound radius. It starts out at 12" at the nut, and flattens to 16" at the 22nd fret. Abalone dot inlays, and clear satin finish.


Awesome man, and I see you are going with Fralin's too, Ihear those split blades are sweeeet! Great choice, expensive but worth it. I found some hand wound's a while back that can rival Lindy to a point. If you ever have another project, check'm out....


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post Mar 8 2009, 06:45 AM
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QUOTE (Zephyr @ Mar 7 2009, 06:51 PM) *
Very cool! Is this one of the chambered bodies from Warmoth?


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Yes. I've never heard one or played one, so I'm anxious to see if everything they say about how resonant the chambered bodies are, and what that is actually going to sound like! I know, sight unseen. Maybe a little crazy but I've always wanted to do a kit guitar anyway, so why not go for it and try something totally different.

Skennington:
Cool. I went ahead and marked the link you sent as a favorite. Someday, I plan to do an Explorer Pro style guitar. Maybe I'll use those MotherBuckers. biggrin.gif ...probably quite a while from now though. Man, these things take a lot of time that I could be practicing guitar instead.

QUOTE (Paiva @ Mar 7 2009, 06:39 PM) *
Really cool James already thought on the pickups?



Yep. They were recommended to me by a sound engineer friend of mine at work. He had done a study of a whole bunch of vintage style pups where he recoreded the same lick with the same guitar and amp/rig while swapping out the pickups only on the guitar. The Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot's were the ones that he felt gave the truest Strat "quack" as he put it. He's quite the Stratocaster expert too as he's got a bunch of them and is a really good guitarist. So after listening to each of his takes with the various pickups, I agreed that I liked these the best. Mind you, the differences are way subtle and in the context of a band or song, the trained ear might barely be able to tell, but I could hear something in these that I thought was cool. It's kind of like when you go to a new restaurant and you'd swear that you just had the best pizza in your whole life. In the end, it might only because you were unusually hungry or something and that there's no real difference, but still you still remember that pizza forever ... or something like that tongue.gif anyway. Really, I'm not a true expert on pickups although I've played lousy ones before and good ones really are an important part of your tone if not the most important part second only to your fingers. wink.gif

For this guitar, I kind of did all my homework before I pulled the trigger and bought literally everthing all at the same time(except for the pickup selector switch cap that I forgot about laugh.gif ) Doing a kit doesn't save you a lot of bucks, but you surely do end up with a unique combination of stuff.

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post Mar 8 2009, 07:42 AM
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QUOTE (JamesT @ Mar 7 2009, 09:45 PM) *
Zephyr:
Yes. I've never heard one or played one, so I'm anxious to see if everything they say about how resonant the chambered bodies are, and what that is actually going to sound like! I know, sight unseen. Maybe a little crazy but I've always wanted to do a kit guitar anyway, so why not go for it and try something totally different.


Yeah, I was thinking the same. It sounds very cool in theory, but I'm curious to see if it actually improves the sound that much. I think it would probably sound fantastic clean, not so sure about overdriven. But, I guess we'll see! I'm looking forward to seeing your project being finished. biggrin.gif

Someday I plan on building a custom, but I think if I do, I might give building one from scratch a go. ohmy.gif laugh.gif It'll probably be a lot of work, but I think it'll be a great experience. smile.gif

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post Mar 8 2009, 12:16 PM
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QUOTE (JamesT @ Mar 7 2009, 09:14 PM) *
If I can find a true Stratocaster decal, I'll put it on.



NOOOOO! Put your OWN name on it man! This is your guitar that YOU built!! That would be much cooler in my opinion to have a "JamesT" on it or something original!


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post Mar 8 2009, 11:47 PM
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That's awesome work man, you know your stuff! Can't wait to see more! smile.gif


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post Mar 9 2009, 12:41 AM
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Can't wait to see your progress and hear the final product ! Looks great so far!! I think you should put your own logo on it...(your name or nickname).. smile.gif Good luck!


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post Mar 9 2009, 05:17 AM
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Stay tuned mates! I should have it completed in about three weeks.

Got to let the laquer dry and then do final sanding. (hope I don't sand thru to the color coat)

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post Mar 11 2009, 12:51 AM
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Jim I didn't know you were into building guitars ! I am very excited to see and hear what will come out of this smile.gif


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