Strat Style Guitar #2: Finish Routing and Fitting the Parts

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Blog entry by DanMelander posted 08-01-2016 09:32 PM 1266 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Project Start Part 2 of Strat Style Guitar series Part 3: Shaping the Body »

Routed the pickup cavities to 5/8”. Now on to routing the controls pocket to 1 3/8”

Checking the alignment of the neck and tremolo.

After rounding over the edges with a 1/2” round over router bit, I mounted all the various parts. Some minor adjustments in the pick guard were needed to accommodate the Big Lou wide nut neck.

Mounted the trem claw and cover.

Next two tasks are shaping the body and final sanding before applying a finish.

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#1 posted 08-04-2016 03:45 AM

Dan, I am most interested in how this turns out, have always wanted a true ‘American Standard’ strat!
Thanks for the good blog.

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 08-04-2016 01:37 PM

Looks nice. What are your plans for finishing?

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#3 posted 08-04-2016 01:51 PM

Currently the plan for finishing is a coat of shellac for a golden tone followed by many coats of wipe on poly, with sanding down between coats and buffing at the end. Not sure yet if to go gloss or semi gloss. I plan to test the finish first on some scrap wood. It’s not the typical finish, but I think it will be very nice. Next week I’ll have more time for progress on the guitar.

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#4 posted 08-12-2016 12:29 AM

Smitty22: I am also a retired electrical engineer.

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