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VooDoo68



USA

May 18th, 2016 10:23 AM        

Ok guys, I took the plunge and put a down payment on my first masterbuilt Stratocaster.<br /> <br /> The builder I chose is Paul Waller. If anyone has experience with him id love to hear! I don't know Paul, but I chose him based on his prior experience and his availability.<br /> <br /> Here are the specs I sent to Fender (pictures not attached of course):<br /> <br /> 1. General â Period correct 1968 like the white Woodstock strat Jimi played<br /> <br /> 2. Right handed strat body. Sort for light wood. I donât know if they used alder or ash in 68, choose the period correct wood.<br /> <br /> 3. Body color â metallic purple. See the attached photos for the color (2 photos)â¦a deep rich purple/blue is what I want (not matte but not too sparkly). Finish will be NOS (New Old Stock)<br /> <br /> 4. I want a period correct maple cap neck reverse headstockâ¦with no walnut plug for the truss rod. I want the bold black slinky 68 style fender logo. See the attached photo for the exact neck. 4 bolts (period correct). Also I want the slight cutout where you can see the truss rod adjustment screw at the base of the neck, period correct for 68. I would like rolled fingerboard edges. Neck color -not bright blonde if possibleâ¦(picture attached)â¦has a slightly darker aged tone to itâ¦more yellowish brown. Neck Radius â 7.25. Period correct fret dots on the fingerboardâ¦and fret dots on the side of the neck visible from the top (since itâs a reversed neck). Bone nut (period correct white color)<br /> <br /> 5. 5 way pickup selector.<br /> <br /> 6. Vintage (period correct) bridge 6 screws (large steel block not cast, period correct). Right handed (tremolo bar on the bottom near the controls).<br /> <br /> 7. Reverse direction bridge pickup. See photo. Custom reverse routed bridge pickup cavity (photo represents the routingâ¦but needs to be reversed for the bridge pickup). (no large square route). All pickups should have pole piece height reversed (as if strings were strung upside down like Jimi did)<br /> <br /> 8. Large frets â 6105.<br /> <br /> 9. Strings 11âs high E. I currently use boomers 11 â 52 but open to suggestions for this guitarâ¦I just know I want it to start with 11âs for the high E string.<br /> <br /> 10. For the pickups I would like 68 voodoo set. These have the pole pieces reverse staggered and their output seems to be in the 6 â 6.8k range. If they could be hand wound in the US that would be great. Pickguard â Aged white/creamâ¦or off white period correct 3 ply. Whatever would go best with the rich purple/blue body. Pickup covers to match pickguard.<br /> <br /> 11. Controls â standard double tone and volume match the color of the pickup covers.<br /> <br /> 12. Period correct tuners (F tuners I believe)<br /> <br /> 13. Silver (chrome) hardware (bridge, tremolo, cable jack, Strap nuts, screws, and tuners) period correct.<br /> <br /> 14. Set up the tremolo so it is flat on the deck. I should be able to push down on the tremolo but not pull up. (no floating tremolo)<br /> <br /> 15. Tons of mojoâ¦Iâm a tone freak!<br /> <br /> <br /> Let me know what you think!



Pinetree

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May 18th, 2016 11:49 AM        

If you can afford a CS guitar, then surely you can pop the $30 for a Contributing Membership so that you can post photos.<br /> <br /> <br />



VooDoo68



USA

May 18th, 2016 01:33 PM        

don't worry! I will become a contributing member today!<br /> <br /> That said, photos wont be available for 8-14 months I'm told :(



68Strat

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USA

May 18th, 2016 02:59 PM        

Nice.<br /> <br /> I want one ;P



68Strat

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May 18th, 2016 03:00 PM        

Also, I am being somewhat sarcastic. This is my original user name. I created Voodoo68...then Chris helped me restore this one.<br /> <br /> Thanks Chris!



MrP22



United Kingdom

May 25th, 2016 01:48 AM        

Looks like you know exactly what you want. Good choices; I look forward to seeing the photos after the wait. That's the worst part- try and pretend you don't have a guitar on order- unless of course you don't have a sticky mind. <br /> <br /> I have no experience with Waller but was relieved to see you're going for a NOS finish, as I've seen some of his relic work was not to my taste. <br /> <br /> I'm also unsure as to whether it would be ash or alder for this model, let us know- alder I would imagine as I've never seen any paint sink or evidence of ash poking through on those guitars- but then that might be due to a polyester finish being used then? I have an ash 63 sunburst masterbuild where the finish has sunk into grain- I love that look. It's a relic though, maybe they'd prepare it more thoroughly on a NOS. <br /> <br /> Sit tight, let us know any progress.



68Strat

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USA

Upside Down, Backwards, and Left Handed
May 25th, 2016 02:28 AM        

it will be an alder body.<br /> <br /> I can hardly wait as well, the clock is ticking...I paid the down payment and were off to the races.<br /> <br /> ill keep you updated



littleuch

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May 31st, 2016 06:12 AM        

I'm curious why it takes one year. Does the builder cut down the tree and mill the wood too? :-p<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />



Guitar Fool

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May 31st, 2016 11:39 AM        

"I'm curious why it takes one year. Does the builder cut down the tree and mill the wood too? :-p"<br /> <br /> lol!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> oh...and point Pinetree



68Strat

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Upside Down, Backwards, and Left Handed
Jun 6th, 2016 10:12 AM        

Different builders have different lead times based on their schedule. I picked Paul Waller partly because his schedule was the best...still 8-14 months out.<br /> <br /> I suspect its that long because they have orders to fill before then. <br /> <br /> I was told that Paul will contact me personally to go over the specs of my guitar when he starts the build...which could be in 8-10 months from now.



littleuch

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Jun 7th, 2016 06:54 AM        

Well, it sounds Grande. I've eyed a few eBay offerings from MJT for his Strat bodies finished in "metallic Crown Royal Purple", but they're usually relic'd beyond my taste.



68Strat

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USA

Upside Down, Backwards, and Left Handed
Jun 7th, 2016 04:25 PM        

Well, it will probably be my first and last Masterbuilt strat. I have been such a Fender fan my whole 35 year playing career I just had to try it.<br /> <br /> I go try other guitars and I just don't like the feel, for me it has to be a fender.



68Strat

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Upside Down, Backwards, and Left Handed
Oct 8th, 2016 02:53 PM        

Its almost here! Should be done in a month or so, will post some pics etc



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