Pine Strat body?

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  1. Docgab

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    I have read many great reviews of pine Tele's. How about a pine Strat? Anyone have one? Are there any good producers?

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    Sweet! How does it sound compared to an alder or swamp ash Strat?
     
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    Very nice riggergreg!

    I'm working on a GM pine Tele right now and would love to try a Strat, too.

    What color is that?
     
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    Thanks guys

    I can't really give you a comparison vs alder/ash, as I've never had a strat that I really liked until this one. I was never comfortable with the knobs/switch configuration, or the trem, so I built one that was right for me.
    Although this is a solid pine body, it has a hollow sound to it. The body only weighs 3.1 lbs alone, and the guitar complete is just over 6 lbs. Very nice to play for extended periods and the Keystone pups sound amazing.
    Plus the Fat neck just fits right.

    I don't know the name for the color, but it's kinda "satin sand", with a satin clearcoat.
     
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    Did you make the pickguard? If not, where did you get it?? Nice!
     
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    Just don't try to put a tremelo on one!
     
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    I've seen and heard quite a few with trems and they work just fine.
     
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    I wondered the same thing about using a tremelo with a pine body. Is there any bracing required?
     
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    The majority of the pressure is on the spring screws, not on the top of the body, and the screws are long enough to handle it.

    It works fine...
     
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    Hmm, I'm intrigued by this. Given the weight advantage and the good reports about the tone, it makes me wonder why this NOT a commonly used wood in guitars. Wasn't the esquire prototype made of pine? Something must have made Leo Fender decide to use ash instead, despite the higher weight. Anyone?
     
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    I haven't played pine but I do own a very wonderful guitar from Rice custom guitars. It has a oak top and solid fur back. I really dig the sounds I get from it. Plus it looks really cool!!!

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    Im sure if you contact them they can assist you in any questions with sound weight feel etc. They have a very large variety of woods that they have used.

    Joe
     
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    I have no experience with a trem in a pine strat. But Pine is a lot softer. The arm wear area on my pine tele has rounded off in a way that NO tele I've ever played has. I'm not saying a trem:

    A. Wouldn't work

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    B. if there was a problem it would be a big deal to drop a harder piece of wood in the six screw area as a repair

    I'm just saying that if my pine tele body acts like no other tele I've ever played, that there is a possibility that a pine strat body would act like no strat I've ever seen. Based on my tele experience I would want to see examples, not anecdotes. I would also say however that between the light weight and the way my tele resonates I would LOVE a pine strat!
     
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    It seems one could quite easily glue in a piece of wood in the bridge area for additional strength, but then of course you may be messing with the tone. Still, I'm intrigued.
     

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