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how to build a strat...

a basic guide to guitar building


The first of my "family of three" group of guitars. This was an experiment in the differences in electrical components V construction materials. The stratocaster, telecaster and LesPaul were all built from the same length of timber, milled, dried and stored in the same conditions, with the same tools used to construct all three, same glues, varnishes, etc. The ONLY difference apart from asthetic shapes, was the electrical components and wiring etc.

The following is a basic tutorial on how I went about building this strat, and also attempting to keep it as 'vintage' as possible, using reissue parts wherever possible (even down to cloth wiring, which has no other benefit, other than looking nice.

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