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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:24 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: love it, gorgeous colour, would nicely complement my 'surf green' relic '61 replica.

I'm tempted to reshape the neck, my Squire necked bitsa has a fab neck and the '61 is a little chunky in comparison. Brian took some meat off it for me a couple of years ago (it's a CNC'd vintage Strat replica neck) but was worried about sanding through to the truss rod so I was going to stay away from that area and do what you've done by taking a little off the shoulders. Maybe I will do it now I've read this thread. :thumbup:
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby Wonks » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:17 pm

There's no need to go too wild and unless you want it super-skinny (which I doubt), a couple of mm won't do too much to reduce the thickness but even 1mm in the shoulder area can make a big difference to the overall feel.
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:17 pm

Thanks, I'll give it a go when I get home (I'm on hols for another 2 ½ weeks). No, I don't want super skinny just elegantly slim like my Squire (which has, I think, the nicest neck I've ever played). Brian took it as far as he though prudent but retained the 'C' shape. I did like the 'soft V' neck on a Jerry Donahue Tele I played years ago so that sounds like a proposition.
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby CS70 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:42 am

OMG gorgeous result!! Amazing job - I'm always in awe of people who can actually do stuff like that!

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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby Wonks » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:58 am

Thanks for the compliments, everyone.

It was always my intention to give it a light relicing, but I can't bear to do it at the moment; so it may stay pristine until it gets some natural wear or knocks.
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby Dave B » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:23 pm

Obviously a beautiful job Wonks, but I just can’t love that colour. Maybe I’ll change when I see it in the flesh, but I just can’t help imagining it in wine red or racing green. Ah well..

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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby John Egan » Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:08 pm

Wonks wrote:Thanks for the compliments, everyone.

It was always my intention to give it a light relicing, but I can't bear to do it at the moment; so it may stay pristine until it gets some natural wear or knocks.

Quite right too. I've no time for this old-fangled relicing !
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:22 pm

My '61 replica is a pretty heavy relic and it's nice not have to worry from day one about adding some damage but I'd agree with you that, after all that work, you should enjoy a pristine instrument for a while at least. :thumbup:
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby Dynamic Mike » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:43 pm

To me relicing is insincere and looks it. Even the best custom shop relics lack something that a genuine relic emanates. You wouldn't do it to a new car, why do it to a truly gorgeous guitar?
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby ManFromGlass » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:18 pm

For many years I lusted after a blue guitar. Long story short I eventually ended up with a blue guitar with bonus features like awesome feeling neck, locking tuners, very good active p/ups, gold hardware, but this was all secondary to the fact that it was blue. It’s irrational but even looking at it makes me happy!
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby arkieboy » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:10 pm

I'm fairly certain I played this guitar this afternoon when I popped round to say hi and drop off my son's 'The SG' and a host of new parts for its makeover, but the afternoon was such a blur of guitars that were simultaneously gorgeous, gorgeously set up and beautifully finished that its possible it might have been another blue Strat, or even a different colour entirely! :bouncy:

(had I known it was the subject of a post I'd have taken notes ...)

The colour has the perfect 60s vibe - sorry Dave, on this one I'll have to disagree - and the guitar resonates against your body in that way that says 'I'm an instrument, not a plank of wood with some metal bolted to it'. So well worth the continued effort.

Well done, Wonks! Treat yourself to a workshop - you deserve it!

p.s. If you ever decide that the Jimmy Page LP is no longer you, you know who to call ... ;-)
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Re: Finally finished my Strat refinish/upgrade

Postby Wonks » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:59 pm

Yes, that was the one.
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