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    Default The AT Custom (for DT) Cherryburst Ash Strat!

    Today I completed a new custom guitar--only this time I did not build the guitar for myself.

    The AT Custom (for DT) Cherryburst Ash Strat was assembled for my brother. I agreed to make him a custom guitar to his liking to trade back for a Fender I sold him many years ago. For DT a guitar is simply a tool for writing and learning, so he needed something simple and functional. For this reason I approached the guitar in very basic fashion; I had DT choose the pickup configuration, fingerboard wood, pickguard, and hardware color, and from there I created an electric guitar that would be both versatile and reliable.

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

    DT's Strat will be delivered to him later this week, so here it is presented in description and photos before its departure.

    Mighty Mite Solid Ash/Quilted Maple Top Body--Transparent Cherryburst Finish
    Mighty Mite Maple/Rosewood Neck--1 11/16" Plastic Nut, C-Shape Profile, 9.5"-12" Compound Radius, Medium-Jumbo Frets, Black Inlays, Satin Finish
    GFS Bridge & Neck Humbucker Pickups w/ Chrome Covers
    Mighty Mite Chrome Tremolo Bridge
    500K Volume & Tone Potentiometers w/ Black Knobs
    3-Way Pickup Selector Switch w/ Black Tip
    3-Ply Black Pickguard & Tremolo Cover
    Switchcraft Jack w/ Chrome Jack Plate
    Ping Mini Chrome Tuners
    Graph-Tech String Trees
    Chrome Neck Plate
    Chrome Strap Buttons





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    Total Cost? That looks real nice. Been thinking about starting one myself. Probably same type except I'd go all natural, shave the heal and put on a floyd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danward5150 View Post
    Total Cost? That looks real nice. Been thinking about starting one myself. Probably same type except I'd go all natural, shave the heal and put on a floyd.
    This was a budget guitar. My brother bought a Fender Lead II from me 13 years ago for $200. I've always kind of wanted it back, so we struck up this deal for me to make him a guitar and trade. I didn't really keep track, and the body I bought used, but I'd guess it was about $275 total.

    The Lead II is worth more now, and this new custom guitar will be a much better fit for my bro. So all around I think it was a good deal.

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    WoW!

    And all for $275?
    I couldn't open the MySpace page ...
    Did you do the finish work as well?

    That really looks great!
    Nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    WoW!

    And all for $275?
    I couldn't open the MySpace page ...
    Did you do the finish work as well?

    That really looks great!
    Nice job.
    Yeah, after I did a little tally it did indeed come to about $275.

    The body was an eBay body, Mighty Mite, used, and originally came from Stew Mac (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bodies,_..._Bodies.html); it was in excellent shape. The neck I got new as a piece of a parts lot on eBay and cost about $75. I bought a wired pickguard from Guitar Fetish for about $40. And most of the rest of the hardware and pieces I bought through the music store I teach at (I get the good-guy discount) or I had them in stock. Though I was doing things on the cheap, I really didn't have to sacrifice much as far as quality goes. The Mighty Mite necks are so-so, but the couple I've used on other projects have proven fairly reliable.

    Unfortunately, no, I did not do the finish on this one, Dino. You do amazing finishing work on guitars; I am still working on the same three I've been doing for about a year. (And I'm not taking on any more finishing jobs until I can easily spray. You might be getting a call from me about clear coating the splatter paint Strat I just started.)

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    Nice looking ax, AT!!!

    Damn, doin' the low buck thing, you could do your own show building killer budget-minded guitars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge View Post
    Nice looking ax, AT!!!

    Damn, doin' the low buck thing, you could do your own show building killer budget-minded guitars...

    Definitely
    Thanks, dude.

    If I can find a way to get some of the parts cheaper (like finished bodies), I could probably do them even cheaper. I think it'd be cool to get them to around $200 cost.

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    Beautiful guitar Andrew.

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    Purdy damn nice, I'll take one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Purdy damn nice, I'll take one.
    Thanks. Doing guitars like this for others isn't too far off, I think. I still owed my former business partner a little money on our buyout agreement, but he asked if I could instead build him one of my custom guitars. So I'm doing a Strat for him per his liking. It's cool to feel a confidence that I'm going to put a good guitar into his hands, and it's an even cooler way to close out our business relationship.

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    I forgot to follow up with this bit...

    My oldest and best friend, Pete, has been in the Marines since we graduated high school together in 1993. He's also been a licensed pilot since just shortly after that (and was in fact my flight instructor during the summer of 1996).

    For each of my completed custom guitars I have posted info and photos to my website, a blog on my MySpace page, and sent out an email to various friends. Pete, in his own classic mocking fashion, wrote a reply to my recent mailing on DT's Cherryburst Strat. I found it to be quite amusing, and so with Pete's permission I have posted it here for the enjoyment of others as well.

    Date: Monday, March 31, 2008 3:31 PM
    Subject: RE: The AT Custom (for DT) Cherryburst Ash Strat!

    Hey, everyone,

    You'll be pleased to know that I finished my fifth custom-built airplane. I built it in my garage like the others. I flew it yesterday by pushing it off the roof. It didn't go very far, and man, am I glad it has seatbelts!

    Unlike other planes I've built that were custom-designed from car parts and maybe boats, I approached this one in a very basic fashion, crafting it from bicycles, a trampoline, and a spatula.

    I'd like to thank Trek 830, Schwinn Roadmaster with Reynolds 531 tubing, Suntour powertrains, BMX Freestyle, Huffy 201-series, Nissan (for the steering wheel), Super-Bounce, Inc., and Blanco Chef (for the spatula).



    With Pete in the cockpit of his T-45 - August 2000

 

 

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