Monday, June 2, 2008

Putting it all together

Well, considering I had already put everything together before lacquering, this step was dead easy. In fact, the hardest part was having the patience to wait for the lacquer to totally dry. I’d recommend waiting several days, or even a week or two if you can bear it.

Be very, VERY careful with screws, screwdrivers, or any other item which might scratch your nice new finish.

It was a wonderful experience making this guitar myself. I highly recommend it. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll get an amazing feeling of self-satisfaction when you put the whole thing together and play it.

You should also take some time to set the guitar up right. Intonation, string height and neck tension will all make a huge difference to how your guitar plays. If you can’t set it up yourself, then consider taking it to your local guitar shop and paying a small fee for them to do it. I recommend learning to do it yourself though, but do be patient. It’s a learning process, so don’t expect to get it right first time.

Here are a few more pics of the finished guitar from various angles. Enjoy.

Please feel free to leave any comments or questions. I’ll be happy to reply.


Anonymous said...

stumbled upon your site. What a great job !
The pix are good too I know its no easy task cutting out a body shape and making it look professional but you've done a cracking job. One purely cosmetic criticism , could you not have recessed the back plates.It was something that stood out ,literally, in one photo.
Otherwise fab.

stu said...

Thanks for the comment. All criticism is gladly received. Actually, recessing the backplates was something I thought about a bit too late. Since it was a Strat, it was something I just didn't consider at the time, since Strats don't normally have recessed backplates (obviously guitars like Les Pauls, etc., do). In fact, the whole tremolo thing was an afterthought. At first I just had a hardtail bridge installed, but later changed that. I found that the tremolo affected the sound quite dramatically, and not having it meant I was losing out on some of the famous Strat tone (at least that's the way I feel - others may disagree). But yeah, a bit of better planning and I probably would have recessed those things. Once the lacquering was done, doing the recessing would mean risking the finish, and that was something I wasn't willing to do.

Anonymous said...

hey nice strat I was wondering exactly which tools you used

stu said...

Well, let's see. There were just two electrical tools: a jig saw and a drill. Apart from that, a round rasp, chisel, rubber mallot, file, sandpaper, little hacksaw. That's really about it. I also used a stand for the drill (just for the neck attachment routing) and some clamps were necessary for various steps.