Skinna Custom Strat Copy - Mahogany with Maple Veneer & Maple Neck

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Project by Skinna posted 10-19-2007 04:55 PM 5120 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have attached some pics of my most recently finished electric which is a mahogany 38mm body with a book-matched 3mm maple veneer on the top, joined onto a birdseye maple neck, all accentuated with all gold hardware, 3x humbucking pickups; feels nice, and sounds even nicer, plays awesome…. I couldn’t buy a real strat at any price that would compare with this, it is a truly unique item which will hopefully stay in my family for generations to come.
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(also a pic of a piece of 1/2” cedar which I have an almost identical pair of, to be hand carved into an archtop in the course of the next few months when time permits)
Cedar for custom archtop still in design process

-- Skinna - Australia... I won't stop at murder if that's what is necessary to get the job done

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#1 posted 10-19-2007 05:33 PM

What a beautiful guitar!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-19-2007 06:33 PM

awe – some .. or awe- lots! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 10-19-2007 06:54 PM

good woodworking, Skinna. bet it took some time to make this beautiful guitar.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 10-19-2007 08:59 PM

Wonderful guitar. Would love to hear it play.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 10-20-2007 12:39 AM

thats some fancy woodwork.

-- bryano

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#6 posted 10-20-2007 01:22 AM


If I could play, I think I’d make nothing but guitars.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 10-20-2007 01:31 AM

Awesome! How much would you say this cost you to build? Obviously thousands if you count your time/effort but I am in the process or designing one for my brother-in-law and he is going to select the pick-ups and various other parts.

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#8 posted 10-20-2007 02:29 AM

Great lookin guitar! Guy at work and I, he’s a bass player, keep saying we are going to do this someday. Maybe someday.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#9 posted 10-21-2007 08:19 PM


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#10 posted 10-26-2007 04:15 AM

Awesome! How did you go about building it? Did you buy or build a template? Did you reference any type of guitar building book? A guitar is high on my list of things to build.


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#11 posted 07-25-2009 10:45 AM

Napaman – it sounds very ‘strat’ but a more rich and lasting sustain than a shop strat. If you like the strat sound and feel you would love this.

Bill Hall – I didn’t use a template, I had a 1982 Ibanez strat copy here that I took some approximate measurements from, then I just eyeballed it to get it looking something like a strat; I didn’t reference any type of guitar building book, I’ve built other guitars in the past so I already had a fair bit in the way of luthierie skills, this however was the first attempt at anything similar to a ‘strat’.

-- Skinna - Australia... I won't stop at murder if that's what is necessary to get the job done

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#12 posted 07-25-2009 10:52 AM

Branden – I’d say about US$250-$300 in parts/hardware. I bought the pickups cheap (They are called HOTRAILS – humbucking pickups that fit in a single coil pickup rout) from a guy who imports them from Korea, so you could probably pay much more than this if you bought the hardware in a guitar store… and yes, if you count the hours/time put in, the price/value would go up into the thousands easily. Since completing this guitar, several guitarists have played it and offered me cash for it, so far the highest offer is $2500 Australian dollars, however I knocked back the sale, I’d prefer to keep something that is this unique and this special

-- Skinna - Australia... I won't stop at murder if that's what is necessary to get the job done

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