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Strat build, vintage finish, alternate wiring

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There are no diagrams to follow exept the images in my mind, so I'll just post the process and write down the materials used as we move along....

First a nice big  peice of Korina, no need to joint it, just draw the Strat shape untop

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Rough cut with a Jigsaw

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Used a template to rout out the basic shape

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Thanks for watching,

-Raxz

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Day 2,

Preparing the neck, took 1 peice of maple, one peice of Caobilla.

First step was planing out the faces, just took photos of one blank (same process for both). To hold it down I used masking tape, on both table and blank, and placed crazy glue inbetween.

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Then used a Stanley Wood Plane #5

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An MDF jig is used to plan out the angle for the scarf joint..

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First Wood Plane then sand paper.

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Once the Neck is done I  thined out the Head Stock to 1.5 mm, I'd rather do this now than after glueing.

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Today I tried a new method to keep the scarf joint from slipping when glueing. I drew out the neck & head stock and outside of the line and placed some screws, since this area will be cut away.

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Using screws was wrong! Luckilly I realised it before glueing; use NAILS not screws, this will work better with the clamps. No pic, but that's what I did..

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I drilled pilot holes for screws, then glued up, then used the screws to add clamping pressure. I've done the nail thing too.....not sure that it's not better.

SR

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On 7/2/2016 at 10:01 AM, ScottR said:

I drilled pilot holes for screws, then glued up, then used the screws to add clamping pressure. I've done the nail thing too.....not sure that it's not better.

SR

I preffered the nails because I put them first to prevent the wood from slipping. I saw that a screw will prevent the clamp from adding pressure while the nail will let the clamp do its work.

However adding the screws after the clamps, as you mentioned, seems like a great idea. 

Today, day 3 of the build (alas, they were not consecutive) I cut out the fret slots and glued the fretboard and neck together. Once again nails inside the first and last frets to prevent any slipping.

Pic of using a mitter & japanese saw

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cutting out the trussrod slot with a desk router

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I spread silicon on the trussrod (not on the neck, I tried that once, because then the rod wouldn,t fit), and hammered it in. nice and tight. 

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Clamped the fretboard on, with Titebond, ofcourse.

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Thanks for watching!

 

 

 

 

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On 15/2/2016 at 10:10 AM, ScottR said:

Thanx ScottOooh you've got one of the miter setups with the roller bearings! Nice.

SR

Thanx Scott, but damn I wish i had one of them nice tables where you just slide the fretboard in and finish in 5 min.!

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Day 4

Today I worked a bit on the body.

First I thinned it out a bit with the router

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Then I used the good ol hand plane to clean out any bit marks

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Used a round over bit

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A small hand plane and Dragon File to do the arm rest

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For the belly cut I used a chisel, file and sanding paper

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Thanks for looking,

-Raxz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They sell it right here in Puebla Mexico, I hope to have the right translation into English, it's called "Caoba Blanca" scientifically Swietenia  Macrophylla. The so called "Honduras Mahogany" grows all of central america including the lower states of Mexico. At least that's what the wood shop tells me, haha!

I didn't get to see the real tree, just the wood cuts, but I can describe it. Soft, much lighter than dark Mahogany, smelly when you sand it. A kind of stable smell but sweet, I like it but my wife hates it, it is said to be used for some perfumes in Peru. The light shines diferently on it when you turn it, I mean that as you chenge the angle certain shimers of light apear and disapear. 

-Raxz

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translates to white mahogany - not strictly korina which is a different species which grows in africa. - looks quite similar - i'd love to get my hands on some of those boards :)

i like your leveling jigs btw

bet this will be a great guitar

 

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Day's 5 & 6

Started with the headstock, first I put on the rollernut to measue where the strings will go, and drilled the tuner holes.

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Drew up the headstock and started rough cutting

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Put on a Fender neck template & went on with the router

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I went too fast since I wish to finish it by the 12th of March (I don't think this will happen) and got a nasty tearout

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So I lost time and had to cut it out with a Dremel

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Glued on a peice of wood

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And cut it in to shape

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A whole day lost because I rushed! dumb dumb dumb.......

-Raxz

 

 

 

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Ive found its a lot easier to cut the headstock shape and neck taper before you glue the fretboard on. Then glue it on full sized and trim it to the neck taper. That way the fretboard isnt in the way when you try to rout the headstock to shape.

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On 26 de febrero de 2016 at 11:13 AM, killemall8 said:

Ive found its a lot easier to cut the headstock shape and neck taper before you glue the fretboard on. Then glue it on full sized and trim it to the neck taper. That way the fretboard isnt in the way when you try to rout the headstock to shape.

Thankyou Killenall8! I'll try that on the next guitar.

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Well......counting how many days it takes to make a strat has gone to hell. I only had time to work in bits & peices, lets say a week.

Drilled in the fretboard holes & glued the dots in

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Drilled in the side dots, just marked the spot with a punch and free handed them in, it worked fine.

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Made sure the fret slots were deep enough

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made the top surface a little wider to accept where the fret tang joins the fret itself

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curved the fret wire

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Hammered em in

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And filed the fret end down to par.

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Thanks for watching!

-Raxz

 

 

 

 

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Well......counting how many days it takes to make a strat has gone to hell. I only had time to work in bits & peices, lets say a week.

Drilled in the fretboard holes & glued the dots in

image_147.jpeg

Drilled in the side dots, just marked the spot with a punch and free handed them in, it worked fine.

image_172.jpeg

Made sure the fret slots were deep enough

image_157.jpeg

made the top surface a little wider to accept where the fret tang joins the fret itself

image_158.jpeg

curved the fret wire

image_156.jpeg

Hammered em in

image_156.jpeg

And filed the fret end down to par.

image_162.jpeg

 

Thanks for watching!

-Raxz

 

 

 

 

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On 11 de abril de 2016 at 10:08 AM, ScottR said:

I love your depth stop idea on your drill press, and that is a sweet fret radiuser, did you build that?

SR

Naw, I once made one but it wasn't perfect so I got this one from Stewmac

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Been a long time since I worked on this guitar, so day counting is worthless.

Cut out a pool for the pickups and made sure they fit

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First I drilled the holes for the neck and then used this modded bit (I used a file to make the tip thinner, this way It sits centered right into the hole to cut out a fit for the washers).

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Perfect fit

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Cut out a seccion in the back for the Jack

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Made a wider hole for the tuners to fit in

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