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strat project (2008)
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2008-05-10
Installed the saddles, pickguard, jack plate, nut, and string retainer.
2008-05-10
Recieved the saddles, aged screw set and parchment white pickup covers/knobs/tips from Fatboy Guitars.
2008-04-18
Recieved the pickguard, tremolo cavity cover, and string tree from Fatboy Guitars. Swapped the electronics & pickups out of the current Strat into the new pickguard. Pickups are Seymour Duncan Antiquities Texas Hots and pickup covers/knobs are also from Fatboy.
2008-04-16
Installed the Callaham Bridge Plate and Trem Block using a donor trem claw and springs from my existing Strat and aged screws from Axetreme Creations on eBay.
2008-04-08
Sprayed Silver (36%) Shielding Paint inside the control/pickup/jack cavities.
2008-04-03
Installed aged tuners scavenged from my other strat and boltted the neck to the body using an aged screws and an aged neckplate stamped with 71197, the finish date of my first Strat project.
2008-04-02
Did the final sanding on the neck to take down the gloss and even out the finish. The decal edges have completely disappeared.
2008-03-31
Placed an order with Fatboy Guitars for an aged mint '62 pickguard and matching tremolo cover.

2008-03-19
Received the finished body back from RS Guitarworks.
2008-03-18
Shot two more coats of clear nitro and applied the Fender logos.
2008-03-16
Started clearcoating the neck using nitrocellulose lacquer from The Guitar ReRanch. Sprayed three coats of lacquer on the headstock and heel, leaving the back of the neck raw, unfinished wood.
2008-03-15
Started finishing and aging the neck. Using ColorTone Vintage Amber stain from Stewart-MacDonald, Fender Neck Amber from The Guitar ReRanch and Minwax water based walnut stain.
2008-03-04
Drilled the neck mounting holes.
2008-03-03
Started aging the reproduction Fender "Pat. Pend" saddles.
2008-02-23
Recieved a vintage tremolo block, aged bridge top plate, and tremolo arm from Callaham Vintage Guitars & Parts.
2008-02-19
The neck arrived from Musikraft. I took the neck off of my existing Strat to compare and to use the Strat body to mark the mounting holes.
2008-01-03
Mailed the body to RS Guitarworks in Kentucky to be finished and aged. The finish will be a vintage Fender 3-color sunburst then aged to their 'Played But Loved' level of aging.

2008-01-02
The body arrived from Warmoth. I hot-stamped the serial number for this project (71197) in the neck pocket before it is finished.
2007-12-01
Placed an order with Musikraft for a Strat neck:
  • 60's Headstock Profile
  • Maple Neck
  • Indian Rosewood Ringerboard
  • 21 Frets
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Aged Real Clay Dot Position Markers
  • 6150 Fretwire
  • Vintage '59 Neck Profile
  • Heavily Rolled Fretbaord

    2007-11-26
    Placed an order with Warmoth for an alder standard Strat body.


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