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Stratomaster Planned and Built

Posted: Thu May 30, 2019 10:27 am
by oniontown
I bought and finished this body with Olympic Girl Wudtone before I mocked it up in the Dressing Room but decided to see how it would all look before putting it together. The body is made from white pine by Rosser Guitars and the 24.75" Pau Ferro conversion neck was made by Hilimire Guitars. Most of the parts, including the pickguard, the pickups and Tremolo are from Guitarfetish.

Dressing Room Mockup
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Finished Product
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Let me know what you guys think.

Re: Stratomaster Planned and Built

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 1:28 pm
by leokula
It looks stunning, man! 8)

Re: Stratomaster Planned and Built

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:27 pm
by Shadoweclipse13
I like it! I also think that for a Strat to have a JM vibrato, you've got the best of both worlds ;D

Re: Stratomaster Planned and Built

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:52 am
by JVG
Very Nice! I did something similar, except mine is Olympic White (and lefty)

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Re: Stratomaster Planned and Built

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:20 pm
by oniontown
JVG wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:52 am
Very Nice! I did something similar, except mine is Olympic White (and lefty)

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Thanks, y'all!

It was fun to build and it mostly came out like I wanted it to.

I love this combination of Olympic White with the mint pickguard, JVG. I would have loved to do something like this but I wanted a finish I could do in my apartment. The "Olympic Girl" Wudtone really looks almost like the raw pine it started out as. I also tried aging the pickguard further in coffee but it's pretty subtle. I only waited about 3 days.

Re: Stratomaster Planned and Built

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:52 pm
by mbene085
Both of those look great. It's like a Marauder II and a Jazzmaster had a baby.

Re: Stratomaster Planned and Built

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:59 am
by JVG
oniontown wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:20 pm

Thanks, y'all!

It was fun to build and it mostly came out like I wanted it to.

I love this combination of Olympic White with the mint pickguard, JVG. I would have loved to do something like this but I wanted a finish I could do in my apartment. The "Olympic Girl" Wudtone really looks almost like the raw pine it started out as. I also tried aging the pickguard further in coffee but it's pretty subtle. I only waited about 3 days.
Yours is beautiful too! They are both variations on a theme :)

How does yours sound? I’ve got “vintage style” strat pickups in mine, but the guitar doesn’t sound at all like a strat - i put it down to the bridge/vibrato arrangement.

Cheers and enjoy!
J.

Re: Stratomaster Planned and Built

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:21 am
by oniontown
JVG wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:59 am

Yours is beautiful too! They are both variations on a theme :)

How does yours sound? I’ve got “vintage style” strat pickups in mine, but the guitar doesn’t sound at all like a strat - i put it down to the bridge/vibrato arrangement.

Cheers and enjoy!
J.
Thanks, JVG!

I expected it to sound like a Strat but, as you said, the string length after the bridge probably has some effect on the tone. Also, it's Gibson scale so that probably affects the tone as well.

The Lil' Killer pickups sound great. I have them in my Mustang as well. The difference between the three pickup positions is pretty subtle, compared with a lot of guitars. The bridge pickup is really hot, even in split mode, so there's a pretty good balance among the three pickups, tonally and in volume.

I have an electronics issue with the neck pickup being really quiet and only getting louder when the the middle tone know is rolled off. I was thinking of wiring the middle tone knob to the bridge pickup instead since that seems like something I would use more often.

I'm planning to record a demo when it's working properly.