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#1 User is offline   Gordy01 

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 02:53 PM

I've now started building the Stratoblaster. Bender4life called it
that in the other forum.

Here is the list of gear I'm assembling, with pics.

GFS Dark Ash body

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Warmoth bird's eye maple neck

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Rockfield SWC humbuckers - gold, in shipping case

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Gotoh locking tuners - gold
American Standard trem bridge - gold
Knobs - gold with white mother of pearl tops.
Tortoise pickguard.


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Here is the pickguard with shielding on, pots in, and one pickup in place.

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Here is the neck fitted to the body

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Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 02:55 PM

I'm diggin' it so far, Gord. You gonna paint that bod, or go far a "Natural" look?

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#3 User is offline   Gordy01 

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 02:58 PM

The body is finished. It came finished from GFS. I like the color of it
and the finish is very hard. If you look closely at the picture you can see the light
reflecting off the body, near the neck joint.
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Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 03:08 PM

How I dig projects[cool]

Keep us posted!!!
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 06:56 PM

Isn't that what they call their Ash body? I didn't think they did an Alder one.

Those pots look nice too. Are those the Alpha ones from StewMac?

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 07:31 PM

Looks very promising man! Keep it up and keep us updated with pics (soundclips wouldn't hurt us either...[crying] ).








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#7 User is offline   Gordy01 

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:10 AM

Yeah, you're right. It is the dark ASH body. I've gone back and edited the post.
And yes the pots are the 500 k Alpha from stewmac.

The neck measures .803 at the 1st fret.
.823 at the 12th

Very slim and really nicely done. I'm applying coats of laquer now.
Probably going to take a few days to get a few coats on.
Light sand in between coats of course.

I will be soldering right away also.
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Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:11 PM

I just put the 3rd coat of laquer on the neck. Looking pretty good.
Probably one or two more should do.
Once that is dry I will put the body and neck together and line up the pickguard
and bridge.
I will take pics and show you guys. Probably 2 more days.
II Chronicles 7:14


Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:59 PM

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I've now started building the Stratoblaster. Bender4life called it
that in the other forum.

Rockfield SWC humbuckers - gold, in shipping case

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I want that shipping case! I don't know why, but I do. Hmmm.....
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"

#10 User is offline   Gordy01 

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:13 AM

I was quite surprised when the pickups showed up in these
fancy little cases. Seems like it would be a lot of money to make those.
II Chronicles 7:14


Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:18 PM

I hope you don't lacquer the fingerboard
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#12 User is offline   Gordy01 

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:05 PM

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I hope you don't lacquer the fingerboard



I put one light coat on it just to seal it.
I don't care for a heavily laquered fingerboard either.
Pics to come.
II Chronicles 7:14


Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 01:26 AM

It's been slow going this last week. I've also got a cabinet project going
in my basement, so that has been taking my time.

I have the neck almost done. Should be done today. I'll take pics later, after the day's
work on the cabinet.
I'm pretty sure I'll have the wiring done also, so I'll show that too.
II Chronicles 7:14


Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 07:57 AM

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#15 User is offline   Strumbone 

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 09:36 AM

Very nice! That close up of the frets looks like very nice work. You know we want more pics. [cool]



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Posted 06 March 2010 - 03:46 PM

Got the pickups, pots and switch wired up today.
It is wired like this:
pos 1 = Bridge Humbucker
pos 2 = Bridge single coil
pos 3 = both humbuckers
pos 4 = neck single coil
pos 5 = neck humbucker

Also got the next to last coat of laquer on the headstock.
I put only one coat on the fretboard, and two light coats on the back of the neck.

Here's my setup.


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Here's the Superswitch.

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Here it is all wired up. Notice that I taped the coated section of wire to the pickguard. I may have to loosen it a bit for pickup adjustment. It makes it a bit neater.

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Here is the headstock.

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More to come. I will have to do a bit of routing to make the pickup routs a bit longer.
II Chronicles 7:14


Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 09:23 PM

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I will have to do a bit of routing to make the pickup routs a bit longer.


That's why I'm gonna spring for a Warmoth body when I start my project. (Eventually...) Almost eveyone I've talked to that has used a GFS body has had to rout or chisel or enlarge because something didn't fit right, which is inexcusable with today's CNC technology.
ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 03:13 AM

I agree. The Warmoth stuf is really nice. Much more expensive though.
II Chronicles 7:14


Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:25 AM

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I agree. The Warmoth stuf is really nice. Much more expensive though.


Oh yeah, I'm gonna have to do some major saving for my dream project: Double-neck J-Bass/Strat. Ash body, flame maple top. Flame maple necks, ebony boards, bound with block inlays. Finished in purple burst. It'll be badass.

I just figured it up: $2,600 do it up exactly how I envision it. I want a local shop to do my finish work, they're cheaper than most evryone when It comes to spraying nitro...
ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:40 AM

Here is the problem I'm having.
Got the pickguard ready to go into the body, and the pickup rout is too short.
Also, the Superswitch is taller than a regular 5 way switch, so I'm going to have
to rout the control cavity a bit deeper.

Pickups won't go into the cavity. The other pickup is against the edge of the rout.

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Switch Rout not Deep Enough.

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I measured both the switch, a hair more than 1 - 3/8.

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And the rout. 1- 1/4.


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You can see the issues. Going to get the router out later. Have to be
very careful not to take too much.
II Chronicles 7:14


Fender MIJ 1985 Strat - 62 Reissue (New To Me 1987)
Seagull Acoustic c/w pickup (Canadian made eh) New 1996
Epi LP Ultra 2 - 2008

Frozen Rose Telecaster - home built 2009
Frozen Rose Strat c/w Rockfield SWC Humbuckers - 2010
Frozen Rose Strat c/w GFS single coils - 2010

Frozen Rose Original - Coil Split Humbuckers
Frozen Rose Tele copy - SD P-Rails

MIM Fender Squire Jazz Bass - 2010

Music Man 210 HD130 (old amp) 1979
Vox AD15VT - 2010
Yorkville XM200 Bass Amp

Boss ME-50

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