My First STRAT build!

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  1. Guitarman3366

    Guitarman3366 Member

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    So about a month ago, I got the idea to build a guitar from all of the parts that I wanted. I got on ebay and other helpful websites to do my shopping. I settled on an Allparts SRO-FAT neck, Allparts Olympic White body, wilkinson trem, Fender Fat 50's pickups, CTS pots, PIO cap, vintage tuners, etc. Anyway, it was really fun building a guitar from parts and getting a guitar that is EXACTLY what I want. Here are some pics of my build....
    Here is the body before any work had been done to it...
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    Here it is with the shielding...
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    Here is the pickguard after i soldered everything...
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    And the PIO Cap...
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    Here it is just pieced together to make sure everything fits...
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    Applying Tung Oil to the neck (4 coats)...[​IMG]
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    Assembled!!!
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    And Here it is next to my amp and cab (I also Made the Cab about a month ago)...
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    And finally, a closeup of the body...
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    Tell me what you guys think....

    Thanks,
    Ben
     
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    That's sweet Ben!
    I really want an Olympic White Strat.
    Do you save a lot doing your own build?
     
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    yeah.. how much did the neck and body run you from allparts.... I did a build last year with fender parts I got from ebay last year...would be interesting to see a $$ comparison.
     
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    It looks fantastic! Job well done! :AOK

    Now then ... how does it sound and play? :D
     
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    very nice!
     
  7. Guitarman3366

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    Everything was about $720.00 including shipping/tax.
     
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    Great looking Strat and nice looking work Ben - congrats. :dude
     
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    Cool and nice looking neck!
    Enjoy!
     
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    Looks beautiful!

    Do you have to have any particular skill to do a project like this? I'm a bit of an un-handyman but I like the idea of doing this. I've been thinking about adding a tele to my collection and hadn't really considered building one 'til I read your post. Seems like a great way of getting things exactly to your liking without going to a custom builder.

    Compared to, say, an American Standard, how does it feel and sound?
     
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    Lovely, neat wiring job. Can I ask, does the cavity shielding 'overflow' in order to make electrical contact with the pickguard shielding?
     
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    What does the neck feel like? I'm looking for a replacement for my US Dlx strat (too thin)...
     
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    Nice job! The best color combo! It is not rocket science all. I highly recommend that if you ever thought about building your own, do it. It is worth the experience!
     
  16. Guitarman3366

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    Thanks for all of the compliments/advice!!! I didn't have any experience for those of you who asked, other than taking apart guitars and doing minor soldering work. The neck on this guitar feels great. I prefer jumbo frets, but these will do. The frets did need some minor work, but nothing I couldnt handle. I used tung oil (low gloss on the back and high gloss on the headstock) to seal the wood, although it voids the warranty from allparts for some reason. I think the neck feels reat though.
    Thanks again guys!!!
    The one thing that still needs work is the nut, I did my best but it still isn't perfect.
    Any advise on a good nut-guy in NW OH/SE MI????

    Thanks
    -Ben
     
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    "Instant Classic." Doesn't get any better than vintage white/mint guard and rosewood fretboard.

    Looks great! Enjoy.

    dave
     
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    Nice, Ben!

    That's my all time favorite Strat.
     

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