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Achase4u
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Apr 28th, 2019 07:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ohhhhhhhh cool beans! Sounds like a fun project.

Is danish oil similar? I feel like maybe it's the base for danish.

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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 28th, 2019 10:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Danish oil is thinner; more solvent and less solids. The varnish component in it is usually polyurethane.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Apr 29th, 2019 04:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great tip on the BLO and neck pocket, P!

I'll try it some time.


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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 30th, 2019 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got it together this evening since I had all the required bits. I still need to dial in the setup, but initial reports are good :o)

I wanted the Tele version of a Strat: nothing but the absolute minimum parts necessary to make it play and sound good. The no-finish thing was an afterthought, because I had a funky neck that's been on several of my project guitars that come and go, and this neck on a nice shiny body would look pretty weird.

It plays easily and sounds great; I am certain it has nothing to do with the lack of a finish on the wood.

The bare wood does feel a bit strange under the forearm, but that will probably smooth out over time. These pickups are amazing.

Pic of the initial assembly

Achase4u
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Apr 30th, 2019 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

That looks great!

I bet it'll wear in great.

59 roundback for the win!!! Enjoy!

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May 1st, 2019 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like!

frogman
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May 1st, 2019 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice!

Tinkerer
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May 1st, 2019 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool!!

Leftee
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May 1st, 2019 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Does it have finish on it now? It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it doesn’t look like it.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 1st, 2019 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, it does; I rubbed on some linseed oil and then wiped it dry. It smells like walnuts now.

It looks and feels like there's no finish on it.

This is the same treatment you do to hammer handles and axe handles. It protects the hickory from moisture without imparting a slick/slippery surface on the wood.

Leftee
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May 1st, 2019 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I C

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
May 1st, 2019 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like it's "rustic appeal". Noice!


Leftee
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May 1st, 2019 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

There’s something cool about a nice, light resonant hardtail Strat.

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May 1st, 2019 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

That'll work.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 1st, 2019 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I tweaked the setup, and yeah baby this thing rocks.

The pickups seem to bloom--especially the neck and middle pickups. The middle pickup has lots of juice so I was able to back it down a bit more than normal and it stays out of the way of the pick.

Overall I'm super happy with this experiment.

Leftee
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May 1st, 2019 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

What’s the details of the pickups?

Mick Reid
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May 1st, 2019 09:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is the wear on the fretboard for reals?

Or is that "factory" relicing?

:^)


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Planet Peegoo

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May 2nd, 2019 04:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

The pickups are Rumpelstiltskin, marked 5.6k bridge, 5.4k middle, and 5.0k neck. All three have north-up staggered mags with beveled tops and have what appears to be 42-gauge wire (the dark purplish stuff). I cannot remember if these are 50s or 60s repros, and I cannot remember the alnico formula. These pickups have a 'bloom' in the tone that two of my Fender Strats don't have; one has alnico 2 mags and the other has alnico 5. The Fenders do sound great, but these pickups are something entirely different. It's most noticeable when playing though an overdrive pedal into the amp set just on the edge of breakup.

The neck is naturally worn; when I finished it 15 years ago I shot a thin coat of amber nitro and no clear coat. I did clear coat over the headstock decals to help keep 'em in place. It's been on a bunch of guitars (Strats, Teles, and a few weirdos) over the years. The tuners are Kluson repros made by Ping. The string tree is a polymer graphite T (GraphTech? not sure) and the frets still are perfect and mirror-slick. I love stainless steel fret wire.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 06:53 AM, May 2nd, 2019)

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Planet Peegoo

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May 2nd, 2019 05:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

One thing I did a bit different was for the string-through holes in the body. Instead of installing string cups/ferrules in the back, I pressed a steel 1/4" washer into each hole in the back to serve as a string ball anchor. This works really well. I might decide at some point to stick the proper hardware in there.

pics

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 07:17 AM, May 2nd, 2019)

Gaukdawg

Ohio

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May 2nd, 2019 07:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Love it, Amazing job!

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