The first piece in the puzzle that is my Strat build project arrived today. I chose a Vintage Modern neck from the Warmoth showcase, and added stainless steel frets, and a black Graphtech TUSQ XL nut. The specifications are as follows:
- 25-1/2 in. scale
- 22 frets
- Vintage Modern right handed
- Standard thin neck shape
- 1 piece maple/ maple fretboard
- 10-16″ compound radius fretboard
- SS6150 stainless steel frets,
- 1 11/16″ nut width
- GraphTech Black TUSQ XL nut
- Gotoh/Grover (13/32″, 11/32″) Tuner Ream
- Abalone face dots inlay
I’m going to finish the neck myself with a spray-on polyurethane that I’ve used before and was very happy with.
The next step is to get a body. I’ve finally decided that I am going to try and get a Squier Classic Vibe body. The Classic Vibe series of guitars have had really great reviews from people as a bang for buck guitar, and the alder body they have should be a fairly decent cost compromise.
Hardware-wise I’m not sure what bridge or machine heads I’ll go with yet, but I plan to go with black hardware across the board. I do plan on the bridge being a vintage Strat 6 hole type tremolo though. Something completely different to all my double-locking floating tremolo equipped Ibanez guitars.
I plan to have two pickguards set up for this guitar. One with the traditional 3 single coil setup, and one bare-bones single humbucker. This should give me the best of both worlds for reviewing and testing stuff.
Hopefully I’ll be able to sort out a body soon, and save up for the rest of the parts required to complete the build. Watch this space for more updates!