major mods being done to my Eastwood H44 Strat0tone

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  1. DonM

    DonM Member

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    wow... lots of work --

    new nut
    new saddle
    new frets _ big ones
    Level and crown

    reshaped the back of the necks profile to a huge soft V -- taking out the mismatch and humps mine had . way better now! but a huge job.. that poly was like grinding thru a fiberglass boat hull ... next resprayed it black ..

    on ebay I won 2 pickups 1950's Stratotone H44 -- for about 150.00 each
    here a tip use a original H44 pickup thats no hotter then 3.5 in the neck - otherwise its toooooo dark - put the hotter one in the bridge 4ks are killer but hard to find.

    next will be making a whole new pickgaurd - these pups are not the same size - so a whole new pickgaurd is needed..

    NONE of this is cost effective!
    if I would have had to pay full price on all this stuff,
    it would be like this,
    the guitar is 5 bills
    the pups were 3 bills
    the frets were 2 bills
    the nut and saddle job was 60.00
    the reshaping and spray was 120.00

    $1,180.00
    and I just watched real H44's going for $800.00 yesterday and twice last month..

    but I'm in it about 650.00 horse trades and all.

    :horse
     
  2. esoteric pete

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    cool lil axe though.....
     
  3. DonM

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  4. stratotonedude

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    I actually just sold my reissue and am fixing to pack it up and send it off. It was just not getting used much with these around:
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  5. openbar

    openbar Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm a lifelong fan of the old weirdo guitars, and still smarting from my friend Bob beating me to the punch 7 years ago on buying a National DuoTone (Link Wray guitar), but can someone please fill me in on the latest craze for the Harmony Strat-o-Tone? I just don't get it.
     
  6. DonM

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    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Stratotone&search_type=


    try that link - surf a few vids if ya have not already - don't bother with the Airline ones -- try the vintage H44 Harmonys or Wards...

    Junior Watson
    Rick Holmstrom
    and a growing number of others are playing Stratotones way too much these days-- LOL - but its cool

    I guess the charm is that they sound like a Arch Top???

    help....
     
  7. michael30

    michael30 Gold Supporting Member

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    You're not going to keep those hideous knobs are you? There are a couple of guys selling decent repros on ebay. Unless you're going to use stacked pots like the original H88 in which case you'll have to factor in a couple of more bills for a set of original knobs.

    I suppose I'll have to help fund this project by buying a set or two of your pickups in June. :dude
     
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    Hey Don, what ever came of you Hershey replica p/u?
     
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    I'm keeping mine stock, I love it the way it is.
     

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