Rosewood Stratocaster

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  1. jul.brown90

    jul.brown90 Member

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    Hey guys !

    I've fallen in love with that Fender Custom Shop Rosewood Stratocaster

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    But it's around $6000.

    I was wondering if you knew any builders who could build a great Stratocaster just like this one but for less than $6K...

    Thanks so much :)
     
  2. dirk_benedict

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    I'd reach out to LsL.
     
  4. soundbee

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    Get some Warmoth parts and build yourself. Have a local luthier setup if needed. You can probably do this for around $1000 - 2000. With really great quality parts.
     
  5. omahaaudio

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    Just curious bit what would the benefits be to an all-rosewood guitar?
     
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    RickC Gold Supporting Member

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    well, it would smell awesome for one

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  7. hackenfort

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    I build a parts caster one about 15 years ago, loved the look and fee, but never warmed up to the sound of it, couldn't put my finger on why other than the body seemed dead. And mine weight a little too much too close to 10lbs.
     
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    It's just another wood, you'll have to try it for yourself but this one is pretty spanky with Fender Original Vintage pups, it also feels and smells better...

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  11. milobender

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    Hello,

    I can certainly do that... give me a shout if you want to talk about it.

    Brian
    IO Custom Guitars

    You can see some of my work at www.iocustomguitars.com
     
  12. T92780

    T92780 Silver Supporting Member

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    Go Warmoth route IMO. As mentioned, be prepared, will be heavy = 9.5-10.5 lb guitar likely. Also, "should" have a warmer/mellower tone, so not very traditional sounding Strat would be my guess. Might have to play with a few pickup sets to get right balance...

    Could be very cool build....thought about it myself when I saw Mayer in concert using one.
     
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    I don't think all rosewood strat sound should warmer.
     
  14. milobender

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    I agree... Solid Rosewood will sound sharper/harder. If you want the look of the Rosewood, I'd put a Rosewood cap front and back, and something a little warmer as a core... there are a number of woods to choose from depending on the look you'd be after.
     
  15. croth

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    That's a really nice guitar, but if you could get to like a Telecaster-style guitar just as much as a Strat, I think you'd be doing yourself a huge favor by considering this one-off guitar by a renowned builder, save about $1000 along the way, and have a zero waiting period too.

    http://www.crguitars.com/site/items/sadowsky-select-1-brazilian-rosewood-t-style-preowned

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    In addition, you'd be getting more flexibility with a humbucker in the neck that will split to a single coil, and a built-in pre-amp/gain booster that's switchable off if you prefer, and the coveted Brazilian rosewood. For less money.

    CR Guitars (Craig) is a wonderful place (and guy) to deal with. I think you may find some flexibility in the pricing if you're creative enough. I bought a wonderful guitar (similar to this one) from them recently and it was a uniquely excellent experience.

    [​IMG]If you're set on a Strat only, contact Roger Sadowsky and see if he'll build you one. But you'll be up at that $6000 level (or more) again and a potentially long wait time. It's worth the talk though. While you probably won't save the money, you'll be getting more for it imho.

    Best of luck with your search.
     
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    Jescar Silver Supporting Member

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    Love the rosewood! That's just...wow.
     
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    Warmoth doesn't offer solid or chambered Rosewood bodies unfortunately. I have a chambered strat I built from them that is a fantastic guitar. Still looks great after 8 years.
     
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    I always think I do, but then I pick up and play another one????
     

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