My "Fender" Stratocaster project

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  1. Robster

    Robster Premium Member

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    Earlier this year, I decided I was going to build myself a Strat, since the ones I was seeing at the local guitar store were either total crap or just plain overpriced. I bought a 2-piece alder body and a cool Anagre/Brazilian rosewood neck from Warmoth, and did the finish myself using ReRanch nitrocellulose laquers. Here are some pics of the build and the finished product. Tell me what you think!!!

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    Sorry about all the Pics! What do you think? She plays wonderfully, has a set of our very own Markster's '3 Monkeys' (see-no, hear-no, speak-no evil - get it?)' single-coil pickups (the very first set he ever made!!) and it is, by far, the sweetest stratocaster (even though it's not a real Fender) I have ever played. It was really rewarding doing all the work, too - I have about 7-800 bucks in her, but I wouldn't sell her for twice that. I've compared her to 'real' Fenders in the 1200-1600 dollar range, and she beats them all, hands-down!

    R
     
  2. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Nice! Warmouth makes quality parts and your work was stellar! :applause:
     
  3. loneguitar

    loneguitar Senior Member

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    Great project, I love the two-tones, congrats.
     
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    LongBeach Premium Member

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    I think it looks absolutely BITCHEN!
    good job!
     
  5. Eddie

    Eddie V.I.P. Member

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    Very nice man! Great job on the burst too!!! I have a Warmoth Pro neck on my "Strat" too, so I know it plays great!
     
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    VictorLazarus Senior Member

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    Wow, u make me wanna do that, cept I'd screw it up.

    MVL.
     
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    Beautiful, great job on the 'burst!
     
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    Mr Bones V.I.P. Member

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    really nice paint job.
     
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    brilliant results!
     
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    Love the Warmoth kits, made a P-bass and a Strat myself
    great way to buy a higher quaility guitar body and neck at a lower price
    with just a little work
     
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    Thanks, everyone! I am particularly proud of this one. I've taken it to guitar stores to try it out next to real Fenders, and I have yet to find one that holds a candle to it. It's really not as hard to do that paint job as you might think - I just followed the sunburst tutorial instructions at ReRanch Guitar Refinishing and voila!

    Rob
     

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