Assembling a Strat - Check the ingredients!

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  1. teddy boy

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    Gents,

    I've been fantasizing about creating a very different kind of Strat. I already have a Fender AV'62RI and I love the feel of that guitar but sometimes wish it had a little more grunt and meat to the tone. I'd like to assemble my own Strat from scratch, something a little different, more of a cross between a LP Jr and a Strat. Sort of best of both worlds. Would it work or will it all end in tears? What do you think?

    Body: Tradiotional Strat-style but mahogany from Warmoth. I'll get somebody to spray it Olympic White in nitro.

    Neck: An all rosewood neck. I loved Mattes CS "Eddie Cletro" Strat with this feature and I've been drooling at the original in Stratocaster Chronicles. Could add a different character and I sure like the look of it. I'm also considering a mahogany neck with a trad. rosewood board. Compound radius 9"-16". This is also from Warmoth.

    Electronics: Acme pre-wired onto a single ply pickguard. Fralin Steelpole 43 in bridge position and vintage hots on middle and neck.

    Hardware: Where should I get this stuff? I wouldn't mind having aged parts on this baby. RS Guitarworks didn't seem to have anything except tuners.

    What would it sound like in your opinion? Could I expect stratty sounds and more meaty jr. like sounds? At least it would look great!

    Best,

    Tom
     
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    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    For the last strat that built for myself, I got the bridge and some parts from Callaham. The odds & ends came from Warmoth and Stew Mac. Warmoth has better prices, Stew Mac has better selection. LMI might be another excellent source, depending on what you need. Althought I'm not crazy about rosewood necks, it does sound like a fun project. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
     
  5. big mike

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    Sounds good to me! I love those Fralin Steel Pole bridge pups too. Good stuff.
     
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    guitarelectronics.com is a good source for hardware/electronics... they have just about everything plus wiring diagrams. Don't forget about the five point wiring scheme...
     
  7. Gordon_Gecko

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    You want a wiring harness?? Check HAS Electronics... their pots and harnesses are primo... the best quality you can buy. And they are friendly. helpful, and stand by their product.

    +10000000000

    Matt
     
  8. Mike Duncan

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    I'm all over this Strat build! I've toyed with the idea of the rosewood neck like crazy. Seafoam would look sweet with rosewood...
     
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    Can't say I've ever heard or even seen a strat with a mahogany body and solid rosewood neck. Would be interesting to say the least.
     
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    Interesting idea. I don't think it'll sound much like a Strat but I think it would have some killer tone.

    I had a similar idea but with P90s and a mahogany neck, with Strat styling and controls.
     
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    Sounds like you're spending too much time wacking off to wood combinations........ It'll be a very expensive "experiment" if you go through with it. I hope it works out for you.......
     
  12. teddy boy

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    Hi gents,

    Thanks for the replies! I'll have to check out Callaham, HAS, Stew Mac etc. They seem like a good idea.

    michaelprice83, the rosewood neck is just something I like the look of, the mahogany body is obligatory. As I said, a mahogany neck is another option.

    I'm thinking this baby could sound phat! I'll know soon!
     
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    You have a link for HAS Electronics? I googled it but didn't come up with anything.........
     
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    Hi Ebay,

    'I realy enjoyed your diary! And I also checked through your links. GuitarMill seems like a good place to get the body. Nitro is a must for me!

    Do you think Mahogany and rosewood could be to soft? Not enough high midrange punch?
     
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    I don't think you'll be able to get a sound that is a cross between an LP and Strat by going to a Mahogany Strat body, I imagine you'll need a thicker slab then a Strat body. Plus you are going bolt on vs. glue in.
     
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    LP Jr and a Strat?

    I would go with:

    - Alder body
    - Maple neck with RW board
    - maybe 25" scale with those conversion necks
    - 3 P-90's or similar pu's in strat single coil format

    Just my .02 cents.
     
  18. RichSZ

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    Have you ever played an all RW neck? I'm thinking the mixture of that with the mahogany is going to take the snap out of the Strat. Sounds like a very dark-sounding mixture to me.

    Better be sure you like it because the resale value will not be in your favor.

    -Rich
     
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    you might end up with a really dark instrument, make sure you get a bit brighter elements.

    some recommendations:
    -a gold anodized pickguard look killer with a white body and rosewood neck
    -creme pickup covers and knobs idem dito.
    -fender custom shop 54 or 57/62 pickups for that snappy strat sound to compensate for the dark sounding woods.
    -wilkinson vintage bridge (six screws, steel block, push-in arm, at guitarfetish.com)
    -sperzel chrome locking tuners
    -graphite nut
    -blend control to allow blending of the neck and bridge. Super nice!

    ...and show us the pictures when it's finished, I totally love stratocasters with rosewood necks!
     
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    I have a Warmoth unfinished rosewood neck on my Gretsch-O-Caster. It's one of the nicest necks I've ever played, but the guitar sounds a shade darker than my mahogany and maple neck instruments.
     

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