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daveg

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Jan 6th, 2019 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

After years of wanting a hardtail, finally got around to building it. I had MJT do the body...ash, light relic'd to match the '02 57RI neck.CS54 pups w/ no load tone pot, mini switch turns on neck pup.
The pickguard is the original mint-green that came on my 62 AVRI. I prefer cream color pickguards so I swapped out the guard on the '62, took the mint green guard and attached it to my balcony post. That's what happens to a mint green guard after being exposed to direct sunlight for about eight months. The knobs were buffed with steel wool and soaked in coffee for a few weeks. The pups covers were a little more difficult to match to the guard. I buffed with steel wool, soaked in coffee for a couple of weeks, but the staining wasn't enough. Took 600 grit sandpaper and buffed the center and sides of the pup covers, left the edges alone and soaked in a mixture of coffee and Rit Synthetic Fiber Dye for a few days. That left the areas outside the strings lighter in color and darker under the strings. I'd seen that discoloring on actual vintage pup covers and like it.
Loving this guitar! It's light...significantly lighter than my Strats with inertia blocks.

front body

daveg

Northern VA

The Fine Line Between Clever & Stupid
Jan 6th, 2019 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the

back.

daveg

Northern VA

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Jan 6th, 2019 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

The wear on the neck just doesn't show up as well, but this is the...

body and neck together.

Peegoo
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Jan 6th, 2019 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey now, that looks like a real-deal vintage Strat.

You done good: Oftentimes the pickup covers were made of Styrene and the knobs were made of ABS, and that's why many actual vintage Strats have color mismatches between the knobs and pickup covers.

Nice work. MJT does a good job with their finishes.

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Jan 6th, 2019 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

That looks great!

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Jan 6th, 2019 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really like that Strat daveg, well done.

I have a '97 American Standard Hardtail Strat. It too is very light. With it and my other 2 Strats I really have no need for a Tele.

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Te 52

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Jan 6th, 2019 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is one the best -- i.e., most realistic -- relic jobs I've ever seen.

daveg

Northern VA

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Jan 6th, 2019 10:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys. I was really impressed by the work MJT did, body and finish was just under $400. I sent them a couple of pictures of 50's vintage Strats I'd found and made sure that the string ferrules were countersunk and there was a slot drilled under the bridge so I could run the ground wire. I had something in mind similar to Ronnie Wood's Strat.
I've now got a 62AVRI body sitting around, the neck off that guitar is on the 57RI body who's neck is now on the hardtail, so I'm thinking about having them do something similar to the Michael Landau Strat to that body and I'll have a pre-bullet large headstock neck made...always wanted an ebony board on a Strat.

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Jan 7th, 2019 05:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a hard tail double fat Strat build with an ebony board. I love it!

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 11:40 AM, Mar 4th, 2019)

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Jan 9th, 2019 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

That hardtail looks awesome - wouldn't change a thing.

Have two hardtail Warmoth "Strats" myself - big fan of them.

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Jan 9th, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love the look of the back of a hardtail Strat. Particularly on a sunburst, blonde or natural finish. All that woodgrain, without the huge plastic rectangle!
I have one in SB and one in vintage white. Both very, VERY light.
Your's is very nice, daveg! Enjoy!

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Jan 10th, 2019 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very, very nice.

I have 2 MJT Strat builds. One I picked up from their Ebay auction years ago, one a custom build/paint. Their Wildwood bodies very often come in under 4 lbs and are great. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again. Most of their Ebay offerings are too over the top relic for my liking, but every now and then a clean one pops up. I would love a clean Sherwood Green build.

I have no hardtails but do have a 2 TSB/maple build from Gregg Rogers that remains my guitar soulmate.

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Jan 11th, 2019 11:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Really nice looking guitar there!

Indiana Mike
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Jan 12th, 2019 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile  



The back of my hardtail Warmoth Strat

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Jan 12th, 2019 11:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a beaut. I like the look of ash under a nice burst like that.

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Feb 10th, 2019 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a big fan of hardtail Strats, very nice build. I have a couple myself. My #1 was built from a new Chrome red hardtail that I fitted a deluxe neck to with vintage noiseless pups. I know a lot of purists don't care for noiseless pups, but I like them.
My other is another build with the left over neck and pickguard from my #1 build. Set it up as a HSS with the S-1 switch set up and Lace Hot golds. Both got pro set ups after I was done assembling them. Built them both around 2003 and still dig them. Pics in my profile..

(This message was last edited by David 7215 at 03:42 PM, Feb 10th, 2019)

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Feb 11th, 2019 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

That’s a great one, dave.

I prefer the hard tail strat because I didn’t use the bar much at all. I know you can just take it out but you still have the hole. I know that’s no big deal, just my own preference.

Our own blacksunshine sold me an 83 hardtail strat and it is a wonderful guitar.

Keep up the good work.

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 12:44 PM, Feb 12th, 2019)

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Mar 4th, 2019 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice!! I'm a huge fan of hardtail Strats.....mine is a Warmoth.

This one.....

(This message was last edited by henrycat at 10:42 AM, Mar 10th, 2019)

Indiana Mike
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Mar 10th, 2019 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's my other hardtail Strat. I added strap buttons after this pic.

'66 Strat Hardtail replica.

Indiana Mike
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Mar 10th, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another view.

Vintage White '66 Hartail Strat Replica

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