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  1. #1

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: The house formerly known as the Haus
    ME: Ibanez S540LTD
    MA: Taylor Big Baby
    Rig: Laney GH50L

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    NGD: Strat Mutt FTW!

    So I've had most of the parts for this kicking around for a while, and just needed the neck. I found a really, really resonant mexi strat at a pawnshop for cheap a few years back, but the neck was thrashed, and my attempts at leveling it were futile. Every time I'd level the board, it would just warp more. So I tossed it and waited for the right neck to come along. I was actually planning on building a neck for it (and have all the stuff to do so) but havent had the time, and Cameron gave me a good price on this one. It's a nice neck so I'm happy.

    Start on a clean work surface and lay out the goodies.

    Stock mexican stuff. Older, so not as nice as the current MIM stuff. Body is stupid fucking resonant though so I can work around it.

    Pull off the hardware so we can get it cleaned up while the iron heats up.

    While we're waiting, lets throw a set of Schaller made fender locking tuners on the neck.

    Nice high gloss headstock (like the fretboard) while the back is nice and low gloss

    Still waiting (my tip is borked ) so lets get the bridge ready. The bridge is a mexican base plate, but I've replaced the block with a mondo huge steel block, and the saddles are Tusq, which are cool. I am aware of how fucked up they look here, I fixed that later on.

    I've had this pickguard hanging around for a while (Thanks to our beloved Ed Drozdowaewasksaoawsi!), but I just got around to wiring it up all the way.
    Bridge is a JB Jr, Middle is a Texas Special I got from Cam I think (somewhere, at least), and the Neck is a CS69 I got from Drewbicus ownsanexpensivecondoicus. There is a master volume as usual, and the back knob is a master tone. The middle knob is a variable coil split on the JB Jr so you can roll between humbucking or single coil and anywhere in between. It works just like the old Peavey T60s. It's a touch impractical, especially for live use (which is a laughable non issue for me lol), but you can get some cool sounds that way.

    Fresh jack and nicer wire

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I am not Toshiro

    Throw the body back together

    Fill it with low tension springs. I keep the bridge flattened down, but still easy to depress. Look at how stupid beefy the block is

    Before stringz


    All in all I'm pretty damn happy with it. THe neck is taking a while to settle in to tension, but when i get it dialed in for an hour or so it's damn nice. It needs the fret ends done but I'll get around to that later. It's got steel 10s on it, which are going away for normal 10s, but they work for settling the neck back in.

    And the money shot:
    Cameron loves acid! :trippinballs:
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  2. #2

    Join Date: Jan 2013
    Location: Edmonton
    ME: Kramer Proaxe
    MB: Ibanez SR605
    Rig: Mark V/5153

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    That looks awesome man.
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  3. #3

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Daytona, FL
    ME: Charvel Strathead
    Rig: Laney Ironheart

    iTrader: 3 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I am not Toshiro

  4. #4

    Join Date: Mar 2012
    Location: Nashville
    ME: Gibson
    MA: Fred Welker
    MB: USA Jazz Special
    Rig: ENGL

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  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Black Swamp, OH
    ME: Rich Mahogany
    MA: Godin A6 Ultra
    MB: SR500
    Rig: Massive/Boobies

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  6. #6

    Join Date: Feb 2010
    Location: Laramie, Wyoming
    ME: Jackson AT Pro
    Rig: Rivera K Tre

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    If you want to make this gloriously glam you should buy my Zon banana dongstock neck, which I will be selling soon.

    It's cool as is though!

  7. #7

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: IL
    ME: JS2000/Warmoth
    MA: Seagull S6
    MB: Ibanez SRC6
    Rig: Mesa ROV25+V:25+Mesa Cab

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    Wirelessly posted (iDevice of Awesomeness)

    Looks fantastic! Can't go wrong with Strats.
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    Join Date: May 2010
    Location: Portland, OR
    ME: Les Paul
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