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vomer
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Jan 31st, 2018 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I went with USACG for a strat build for myself because I'd heard good things about them, and liked what they say on their website about how they approach making necks. I was aware though that their strat bodies have a short forearm contour which to me makes them look a little chunky and less sleek. Also, they are not licensed by Fender so they have to make something close to Fender's headstock shape, but not exactly the same.

I'm not a woodworker but I felt capable enough to give it a try so I took on re-shaping the body and headstock.

The forearm contour on the USACG stops above the strap button. On most strats I've seen, it extends out to about in line with the top E string. I can't find my own 'before' pic so I've borrowed someone else's.

Doing the sanding was easy enough, I used 120 grit to remove the material as I didn't want to risk too deep marks from 80 grit. It was slow going but didn't take too long. And finished with 240 grit to smooth.

Profile pic, USACG strat body forearm contour before and after.

(This message was last edited by vomer at 08:03 PM, Jan 31st, 2018)

vomer
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Jan 31st, 2018 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The headstock has a little extra point on the round end, and an odd radius leading into it. There are a couple of other things I also wanted to change. I assume they aren't licensing issues but just how the neck they use as a model was made.

The top angle by the bass E tuner is quite acute, and I think it looks odd. I didn't take a huge amount off, but enough to make a difference. Similarly, the contour of the rear where the headstock joins the neck, has a chunky appearance and I've often seen similar on fakes and cheap copies, so I smoothed that out a bit.

I'm very happy with my efforts. The potential to mess it up was huge but I feel like I got away with it! It was quite a bit of work, not sure if I'd do it again.

Profile pic, headstock before and after

vomer
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Jan 31st, 2018 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And the headstock rear before and after.

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Jan 31st, 2018 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice work.



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Jan 31st, 2018 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The headstock looks wonderful! Pat yourself on the back.

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Jan 31st, 2018 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice work on all the above! Especially on the headstock design. I didn't know that they left the back side squared off like that and can see how it would pinch your thumb webbing as you slide toward the end of the headstock. The finish work looks good and can see how it would add to your comfort.
Great work!

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Jan 31st, 2018 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'I'm not a woodworker..."

vomer, I know several people that have full-up wood shops and they cannot achieve the impressive results you have on this project.

You definitely do wonderful work.

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Feb 1st, 2018 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks all, praise indeed!

It's off to the paint shop tomorrow, I'll post some pics when I've got it all together. Next project I will see if I can get organised enough to paint myself.

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Feb 1st, 2018 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice work!

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Feb 1st, 2018 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice Vomer.

From a guy that has done a lifetime of working with wood. ;)

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Feb 1st, 2018 04:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I suck at wood but know good work when I see it. Excellent sir! I'm the type who cuts off the plank 3 times and it's still too short.

I've always wanted to move the forearm relief (arm rest) further up the body toward the waist. In your first pic it would be moving the top of the red line to the right about an inch and a half or so. I think it would fit my arm position better, more like a Jazzmaster or Jag relief.

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Feb 1st, 2018 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

vomer, what color are you planning on getting it done in?

vomer
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Feb 2nd, 2018 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond, It looks like you would have to lose some of your tummy cutaway to do that. Maybe you don't need it!

Therealfrogman, hoping to get close to this, but without so much relicing:

Profile pic, Fender Custom Shop Relic strat in Coral.

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