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Stratocaster Build

  • April 6, 2018

Waldopcg68
Waldopcg68
Waldopcg68
Waldopcg68

I decided to build my own Fender Stratocaster body and used a Warmoth neck to complete the guitar.The neck was a roasted maple with gold fret wire. I purchased some South African mahogany and glued up a blank. Using a template I purchased I cut out the shape of the Stratocaster on the band saw. I routed all edges with a 3/4 inch round over bit and routed all the cavities. Once this was completed I spentand days sanding. I used a Mahogany grain filler and started sanding again up to 400 grit paper. The finish I chose was a gun stock oil called True Oil and top coated with a finish wax. Once completed I installed copper shielding in all the cavities to protect against unwanted noise. I installed locking tuners and a loaded pick guard. The entire process took me over 80 hours no small task, but worth it.

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  • This is beautiful and very impressive! Is this your first time building a guitar??
    By RYOBI NATION, on April 10, 2018
    • Yes this was my first build from scratch. If you are going to build one get a good template and take your time. Everytime I tried to speed up it caused issues and extra time in the end.
      By Waldopcg68, on April 21, 2018
    • Taking your time - solid advice for any build!
      By RYOBI NATION, on April 26, 2018

  • Nice job.  I can appreciate all the work.  What kind of pickups did you use?
    By cosmo99, on April 10, 2018
    • I purchased a loaded pickguard with a JB Junior, Little 59 and Duckbucker pickups. They actually sound amazing but next time I will make my own pickguard to save a few bucks.
      By Waldopcg68, on April 21, 2018

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Stratocaster Build

by Waldopcg68
Apr 06, 2018
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I decided to build my own Fender Stratocaster body and used a Warmoth neck to complete the guitar.The neck was a roasted maple with gold fret wire. I purchased some South African mahogany and glued up a blank. Using a template I purchased I cut out the shape of the Stratocaster on the band saw. I routed all edges with a 3/4 inch round over bit and routed all the cavities. Once this was completed I spentand days sanding. I used a Mahogany grain filler and started sanding again up to 400 grit paper. The finish I chose was a gun stock oil called True Oil and top coated with a finish wax. Once completed I installed copper shielding in all the cavities to protect against unwanted noise. I installed locking tuners and a loaded pick guard. The entire process took me over 80 hours no small task, but worth it.