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    Default New Custom AT Oil-Finished Quilted Maple/Alder Thinline Strat!

    It's done!

    I have never seen a custom guitar through to fruition this quickly. I purchased the body and most of the hardware in mid-December. (The neck I had previously stocked.) Quickly this one became the candidate to execute two of my pending ideas: a "simple" hardtail two-humbucker guitar, and a natural oil-finished body.

    I'm still wrestling with the poly clear coats on a few of my other projects (a terribly difficult thing to accomplish in an amateur setting), so for this Thinline Strat I opted to do a natural oil finish with a wax sealer. The approach is not unlike finishing a piece of furniture and takes only some simple elbow grease. To the body, which has an alder back and figured maple top, I used a Birchwood Casey gunstock refinishing kit. First I stained the backside walnut, then I applied several coats of Tru-Oil to the entire body over the course of several days, lightly smoothing each coat over with steel wool when dry. Lastly, I applied two coats of finishing wax and then hand buffed. The result is a very "natural" look to the wood along with a bright shine--but not a high gloss shine like a poly finish.

    Again, Ted Vig at My Music Store helped finalize this axe: He did the wiring, soldering, and filed the nut down for a desired set-up. (Ted is THE BEST!)

    Pictures of this guitar in progress, along with my other guitar projects, can be found in the photos section of my MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/andrewthomassolomusic.

    This Thinline Strat sounds as good as it looks, and I have reached a point now where I am very confident in my knowledge of tonal woods and electronics to comfortably pick what combination(s) will achieve the tones I wish to hear. With this guitar and its predecessor, the blue sparkle ash Strat, my first reactions after playing each were nearly identical: "Yup. That's what it's supposed to sound like."

    The parts list and photos are below!

    A & D Semi-Hollow Alder/Quilted Maple Top Thinline Body--Natural Oil Finish, Walnut Stain Back, White Binding, Alder Control Cover
    Mighty Mite Maple/Rosewood Fingerboard Neck--Plastic Nut, C-Shape Profile, 9.5"-12" Compound Radius, Medium-Jumbo Frets, White Pearloid Top & Side Inlays, Satin Finish
    GFS Vintage '59 Bridge & Neck Humbucker Pickups w/ Chrome Covers & Brass/Chrome Pickup Rings
    Mighty Mite String-Thru Hardtail Bridge
    500K Volume Potentiometer w/ Black Knob
    3-Way Pickup Selector Switch w/ Black Tip
    Nickel String Ferrules
    Switchcraft Jack w/ Chrome Jack Plate
    Schaller M6La Mini Chrome Tuners
    Graph-Tech String Trees
    Chrome Neck Plate
    Chrome Strap Buttons

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    Edit: Again, I still don't know the proper code for embedding photos. (Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?) So the photos are on my website and at my MySpace page: www.andrewthomas.net, www.myspace.com/andrewthomassolomusic.
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    Nice Work! This is something I've been wanting to do for years...
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    Here are the photos I was trying to embed earlier.
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    beautiful !!!!!!

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    Damn Andrew you have a lot of wolfs anyway nice customs i just love quilt tops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    Here are the photos I was trying to embed earlier.
    Nice, you won't be needing that blue Wolf in the background now ! sell it to me LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRDC View Post
    Nice, you won't be needing that blue Wolf in the background now ! sell it to me LOL!
    Martin
    The blue Wolf has one of the nicer feeling necks, actually. Crazy, too, because I took it off about a year ago to have the fret edges trimmed during the dry winter months, and it was visibly twisted--even with the truss rod loosened. I was going to contact Peavey about a replacement but put it back on the guitar just to see what would happen and, sure enough, it straightened out again once the string tension was back.

    Weird...

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    The Thinline is a hit with guitar buds around town here. People are really into the oil/wax finish.

    I've already decided to go with a different neck, though. I can get AllParts stuff at dealer cost, so I ordered a 12" radius rosewood fingerboard neck today. I'll have my tech do a bone nut for it. The Mighty Mite necks are okay, but I would have had to do a fret level on this one to finalize it, and I figured I might as well get something really good on there if I'm going to invest more.

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    Looks fuckin' sweet man, just throw on those pearl buttons when you throw on the new neck...
    FUCK THE DUMB SHIT!!!!

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    Hey... my dumb ass figured out how to embed photos!

    Everyone let out a collective "Duh!"







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    Default New Neck

    This is the new AllParts neck I bought for the Thinline Strat. It came unfinished, and I oiled and waxed it last night; doing so really brought out the "red" in the maple.

    Specs from the AllParts website:

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    Replacement Neck for Strat® Maple with Rosewood fingerboard, 22 Jumbo frets, 12" Radius, 1-5/8" nut width, No Finish.
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    AT, I'm going through a little building project myself and I had a question. I've got an unfinished maple neck and some gunstock oil coming in. Is it as simple as rubbing it in and letting it sit overnight? If there is a technique to it, could you pm me a procedure for it. I can pass it on to my tech and let them sift it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanLaing5150 View Post
    AT, I'm going through a little building project myself and I had a question. I've got an unfinished maple neck and some gunstock oil coming in. Is it as simple as rubbing it in and letting it sit overnight? If there is a technique to it, could you pm me a procedure for it. I can pass it on to my tech and let them sift it out.
    I saw you started a thread for it, so I'm sure others will chime in there.

    I was told by fellow Linkers to follow the instructions on the bottle of Tru-Oil, which was indeed easy to do.

    Use a paper towel to apply the Tru-Oil to the wood. Spread it evenly throughout and make several passes over the surface. Allow it to dry overnight, then steel wool. You probably only need to do one coat--two at the most--for the neck. You can then apply light coats of lemon oil during string changes, and it'll keep the neck conditioned.

    When I did the Tru-Oil on my guitar body, I also sealed and polished it with a couple coats of Minwax. You can do the same for a neck, but I'd instead recommend Howard brand Feed-N-Wax Wood Preserver. That can be applied after the Tru-Oil process; also allow it to dry overnight and simply wipe the extra off.

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    thanks man...lifesaver you are...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanLaing5150 View Post
    thanks man...lifesaver you are...
    I'll settle for just "helpful." The closest I've come to being a lifesaver is calling 911 a couple of times during emergencies.

    Seriously, though, keep me updated on the project.

 

 

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