Back from the dead Strat Restoration

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Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby Ned B on Sun May 01, 2011 4:33 am

'61 neck, 50s body. I went for an early '59 Jeff Beck "Wired" look on this project. Finish by Fred Austin, setup and refret by Joe Campagna here in the Chicago area. I couldn't get the photos to show the light relicing that was done. The guitar had EMGs and a metal pickgaurd when I got it 15 years ago.

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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby 57lpjr on Tue May 03, 2011 7:24 pm

Nice combination of features and a real looker!!!
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby Baron Von Machinenmann on Tue May 03, 2011 7:45 pm

Beautiful axe. :cheers: :thumbsup:
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby handtrix on Wed May 04, 2011 6:50 am

ixnay on the ashtray. Nice job !
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby gigant0r on Wed May 04, 2011 6:52 am

Very nice :thumbsup:

did you restore the headstock too? If so, you nailed the color. Most people use too much tint in nitro so they look orange.
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby Ned B on Wed May 04, 2011 1:00 pm

Yes on the headstock. That was all done by Fred Austin here in Chicago and really the photos don't even do the work justice with the light checking on the body and headstock. Also he really nailed the age yellowing on the body. Since none of this has heavy handed you can't photogragh easily.
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby gigant0r on Wed May 04, 2011 1:36 pm

Great work, post more pics :cheers:

btw, what kind of pickups are in there?
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby Ned B on Wed May 04, 2011 4:45 pm

The pickups are Dawg Town, a scatter wound 5.5 K staggered pole pickup. I bought them blind with the idea of using these at first, but I have been astouded by how these have captured the tone and feel of the black bottoms on my '61 that I have been comparing them to. I suppose this guitar deserves the snob appeal of real pickups, but quite frankly soundwise this thing is done.
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby capt pugwash on Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:04 pm

lovely job :thumbsup:
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby Ned B on Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:12 am

I had intended to get some better pictures up showing the the subtle lacquer checking and discoloration at the body edges, but you pretty much need to see it in person. Anyway the bridge is all there now that I invested in original saddles for the otherwise original tremolo bridge (can't find the original arm just now).

The pickgaurd assebly came from Crazy Parts in Germany. This guitar deserves period correct pickups and plastic.
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Re: Back from the dead Strat Restoration

Postby sok66 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:06 pm

Superb job. Always great to see one bought back from the butchering 70s!
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