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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

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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.

Leftee
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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)

reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
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.

Indiana Mike
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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!

littleuch
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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.

Itchy
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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

Peegoo
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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.

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Mar 10th, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another view.

Vintage White '66 Hartail Strat Replica

Indiana Mike
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Mar 10th, 2019 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I took another look at the OP's hardtail build and I have to say, that looks very, very vintage! I mean that in the best possible way. Nice job.

daveg

Northern VA

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Mar 10th, 2019 10:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks! I swapped out the tube in my 5E3 Tweed Deluxe clone and spent the afternoon playing the Strat thru it...my other Strat is feeling so neglected.


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Mar 11th, 2019 12:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I can't explain it, and it very well may be in my head, but I swear I feel a difference between a hardtail strat and a strat with a "blocked" vibrato.

Like I said, I may just be crazy, but my last build is a tele body/neck with strat pickup configuration and hardtail bridge. The strings feel "springier".
Kind of like the difference of a string-through tele vs a top-loader.

My next build is indeed planned as a hardtail strat.

Oh, nice guitars above also!

not a strat, but it *is* a hardatail :^)

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 02:46 AM, Mar 11th, 2019)

Indiana Mike
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Mar 11th, 2019 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's beautiful Mick! Love the color.

Leftee
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Mar 11th, 2019 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mick, I agree with your observation.

Of course, I am crazy. So I don’t help your case.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Mar 14th, 2019 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Mick, I agree with your observation.

Of course, I am crazy. So I don’t help your case."

Well... "great minds" and all that...

and I'm not particular about where my support comes from.

;^)


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