Wanted to make a couple of stratocaster style guitars. I love to play, but I just don’t want to spend $1000 on a nice Fender Strat. I will eventually, but I have kids, and they knock over my beater guitars all the time. I thought this might be a great project to spend some time in the shop and have something useful and worthwhile to show for it.
I still haven’t sprayed finish on the Walnut Strat.
Bought a 10 dollar 60s model strat plan from ElectricHerald.com. Great folks over there. Good customer support when I came across a few issues with the drawing. Quick feedback and solutions.
Setup my CAD files and proceeded to the trusty ol’ LowRider!
Did a miniature test with all cuts in plywood to make sure the dimensions were accurate.
After a good checkout, we went ahead with cutting the templates for the build.
After that, the build was straight forward. With a little bit of woodworking, and just a couple specialized tools, building the guitars was a pleasure.
The necks were built from some reclaimed maple and walnut
Aniline dye is beautiful even on pine, but be very careful as it is toxic.
Very happy with the results. They play perfectly and they look great hanging on the wall in my living room.