Strat Style Guitar #5: Finish Part 2 and Assebly

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Blog entry by DanMelander posted 09-16-2016 02:15 AM 1224 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I attached a board to be able to hang the guitar body after applying wipe-on poly. I ended up putting on nine coats of poly, sanding after every few coats. (Sorry for the sideways photo)

The next step was to apply the coper shielding. I purchased a shielding kit from Stew Mac.

I ended up soldering the copper foil pieces together, as recommended by various guitar sites. I checked the continuity of the foil before soldering, and all was fine, so I wonder of soldering was necessary, but can’t hurt.

Now for the some fun. The wired pick guard, jack and tremolo went on next. I used some wax on each screw to aid in installing the screws.

One tip: The slots in tremolo cover need to line up with the holes in the tremolo for the strings.

I decided to polish the frets on the Big Lou neck. I first applied painters tape to protect the neck.

I then used my Dremel and jeweler’s rouge to polish the frets.

Nice and shinny frets.

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#1 posted 09-17-2016 02:44 PM

That is looking nice. You will be getting some grief from those who say the springs in the trem ought to be installed parallel so they all have the same tension though. If it plays and operates how you like it, then that is how you like it then. Just giving you a heads up. Usually you see either all gold, or all black hardware. I kind of like the gold trem and knobs mixed with the black tuners and input jack. Don’t forget to wire a ground to the trem. Nice job overall though. What are you finishing the neck/fretboard with? You may want to add a bit of colour to it. Just enough so it is closer to the body colour. I did my maple neck with a touch of amber dye before finishing it off with Birchwood/Casey Tru oil.

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 12:18 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I got the neck from Big Lou Guitars, and it has a 2” nut. I came with some kind of clear finish already applied.

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