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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Hardtail strat build underway - converting from vibrato

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Achase4u
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Apr 19th, 2019 11:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Plus, hardtails are awesome.

Heck, I need one.

Mick Reid
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May 16th, 2019 04:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I finished this part of the project early last week and thought I already posted the pics... d'oh!!!

So I'm posting them now :^)

I used epoxy to fix the Tassie Oak blocks to the body. I decided to chamfer the outer edge of the blocks so I could fill the seams more adequately.

I've grain filled and shellaced it since the photos were taken and hopefully will get it primed this weekend.

Phase 2

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Planet Peegoo

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May 16th, 2019 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wow. Nice work, Mick. That repair will be invisible once you get a few coats of shellac or other sealer on there and sanded smooth.

frogman
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May 16th, 2019 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice, Mick,

Tinkerer
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May 16th, 2019 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

That looks great- can't wait to see the next phase pics!!

Gaukdawg

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May 16th, 2019 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

You could tell people that the "symbol" on the back is a copy of something you found on a cave wall in the outback! :-)

Somebody might believe you.....

It looks great!

Achase4u
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May 16th, 2019 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dangit. Time to make a hardtail strat.

(This message was last edited by Achase4u at 04:57 PM, May 16th, 2019)

Mick Reid
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May 16th, 2019 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks all. This has been a bit of an experiment and definitely a learning experience.

It actually required a little more thinking and finesse than just "whacking a couple chunks o'wood" in there ;^)

If I ever do another conversion like this, it should be easier and I will have streamlined the process.

I have my colour scheme worked out and all my hardware now, so it's just a matter of finishing, assembly and set up. However, there is cutting a nut and fretwork in all that too.

If it turns out like I see it in my head, it'll be pretty cool!


Mick Reid
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May 22nd, 2019 05:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well got the body primed on the weekend and shot the base & clear coats today.

My first job with the new compressor and spray gun. Base coat came out okay, but got some pretty good (bad) orange peel on the clear.

I think I've worked out where I went wrong, so will level it and re-shoot it in a couple of days. (hopefully with a better result!)

Sorry, I ain't postin' no pics of my horrible work! Only the good'un!


Mick Reid
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Jun 27th, 2019 05:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm finally getting closer to the finish line with this one...

Hopefully I should have it assembled and playing by the end of the weekend.

It's taken a lot longer (11+ wks) than I anticipated but had some detours along the way.
I didn't plan on doing a total neck re-radius, re-fret and re-finish but that's where it took me.

It's been a great experience though. I've learnt more from this build than I have in a while. I'm pretty chuffed.

Pictures *will* follow. Hopefully it plays and sounds as cool as it's going to look!


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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 27th, 2019 05:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Outstanding.

Many people wonder why custom guitar work is so expensive. Getting to the point that you've worked out all the details, start to finish, takes a long time. That experience is what the customer is paying for.

The really cool thing about building guitars is there's always more than one good way to achieve the same result. You find out what works for you and you go with it.

Can't wait to see pics of the finished beast!

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The Escalator
Jun 27th, 2019 06:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Can’t wait to see it!




Mick Reid
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Jun 27th, 2019 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Many people wonder why custom guitar work is so expensive."

If I valued any of my builds based on an hourly rate, you'd need a second mortgage to buy one.

If I sold one based on its market value, I'd make 2 cents an hour. (if I was lucky!)

;^P


Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jul 1st, 2019 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

And 74 days later... it's done!

As I mentioned a few posts back, I've learnt (or at least affirmed) a lot on this build.

It was my first finish job using a spray gun & compressor for one. It's far from perfect but a definite step up from my earlier rattle can jobs.

I also discovered that I am able to re-radius a fretboard (it was a 14", it's now a 12") and do a complete re-fret with excellent results.

There were a few other things but now my shoulder's getting sore from patting myself on the back...

Anyway, have a click and see. There's some details/specs in the description of the first pic.

Thanks

It's called Poison Ivy

Mick Reid
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Jul 1st, 2019 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile  


pic #2

Mick Reid
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Jul 1st, 2019 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  


pic #3

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jul 1st, 2019 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wowsers!

That is super nice! I like that a lot!

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jul 1st, 2019 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Leftee!

I still have a couple of tweaks to make to the set up, but it already plays and sounds great.


Leftee
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The Escalator
Jul 1st, 2019 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m a sucker for green.

BlondeStrat
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Jul 1st, 2019 08:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice Mick.

And it's Queenie's favorite color too.

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