This was my first build, a Solidbody Strat, made from Australian hardwoods! I used a set of plans for the dimensions, but made a few changes to a standard strat, I'd always wanted a guitar with dual HB's and so here it is! I've learnt so much from my first go at building, for someone with no experience at all with timber, every step was a lesson! I have no idea what to call it, so it's the AusStrat?
The body is Queensland Maple, the neck is Silver Ash, both purchased from David Linton at Australian Guitar Timbers. The fretboard is a nice piece of Red Box which i found lying around in the family timber yard.
The scale length is 25.5'
I have kept the wiring as simple as possible, the 2 HBs are golden age pickups from StewMac, didn't want to go too fancy for my first build, i have got a single volume and single tone setup with a 3 way selector. I found the wiring diagram at the SD website, very handy, but having a little bit of trouble with getting enough volume out of it!
Built this in my dad's workshop, he's got a great selection of tools, i'm slowly building my own collection as I go!
I really wanted to keep things simple for the first build and hence I went with the solidbody strat. The use of Australian timbers is something I'm really passionate about. We are very lucky to have some amazing timber down under, the family sawmill was lucky enough to cut hardwoods for many years until they were pushed out of the industry by the bigger sawmills and overseas processing. I'm glad we still have some great people milling aussie timber for furniture and guitars and want to support them as much as possible!
I hope you like it!
And where it came from!