Here we can see the truss rod slot in
the center line and two other slots for carbon fiber rods for an increase in
The truss rod is made of stainless steel threaded rod 10/32, vintage
ajustment at heal of the neck.
Nature produce nice things ...
this is one of the most butifull peace of curly maple I had chance to work
Glendale is asking $750.00 for a neck made with this kind of wood !
These real clay dots are available at
Callaham for about 10 dollars for the set.
I'm also using a Callaham Stainless
steel neck plate
(with a serial number) for increase rigidity at the neck joint
January 20, 2009
Celebration day today, not only for Barak OBAMA,
but today is also the day I could listen to the strat for the first time ... :-))
explosion of harmonics,
extra long sustain
and lot of "Wou-Blues"
The combination of the hardtail bridge
and the two carbon fiber rods
and the conical radius fretboard really help me to make a super low action,
the Lindy Fralin pickups are an excellent choice for that vintage bell Strat
I did not forget the tuner bushings, but I could not wait to string up that
I made the headstock with a "little"
backward angle (about 4 1/2 degrees) to increase the strings pressure
on the nut and there no need
for string trees. The instrument weight exactly 3.26Kg or +/- 7 lbs and 3
average Strat weight is from 7 to 9 pounds.
I wroted a e-mail to Lindy FRALIN
saying that this Strat clone sound more Strat than a real Strat ...
I guess he love the comment :
Little bit of Shellac (amber) reveal
the curly. I also try a light coat on the finger board.
It will be finish with clear nitrocellulose lacquer (when the weather will
permit to do the job).
Curly maple not only look good, it does resonnate very well.
I end up stripping the cream color for
a custom sunburst finish and I replace the hardtail bridge for a tremolo
Click on picture for more resolution
Lindenwood aka Basswood body
maple top added. A Hardtail config-- BUT will utilize brass
inertia trem block for sustain. Also notice 3 saddle brass Tele
string access but no ferrules. String ends seat into brass block
body & neck. Tooled leather pickguard, hand wound pickups, hand made
wooden bobbins, lathed wooden knobs and switch tip.
CLICK IMAGES FOR CLOSE-UP VIEWS!
Jean GODBOUT from Montreal builds serious guitars from the
ground up-- as well as groovy boutique tube amps, effects and
his own pickups. Jean has honored us with these photos and
details of his most recent "Curly Strat" build. He's waiting for
warmer Spring weather to apply the finish coats, otherwise he's
made the neck & body from scratch and integrated/assembled this
instrument in his nicely equipped workshop.
Besides the chambered body, the really special and unique
feature here is the bridge configuration in which a brass 3
saddle Tele bridge is interfaced with a brass trem block purely
for sustain-- as there is NO trem unit or springs. Unlike a
traditional hardtail design, Jean has routed out just for the
inertia block which fits snugly into the light, chambered,
basswood body in order to resonate the body. Though like a
standard hardtail, the strings still run through the back, but
seat into the block instead of ferrules in the body.
Considering the lightness of the chambered basswood body, I also
suspect all that brass & the curly maple top is offsetting an
otherwise neck heavy situation.
Great when everything works
But wait! Cause you still ain't seen nothin' yet kids!!!
CLICK HERE to check
out GODBOUT's web pages. All page links are at the bottom of his
pages so scroll each page all the way down! First you'll see an
extremely impressive, well documented and exquisitely finished
George Harrison Rosewood Tele clone-- all rosewood carved from
scratch! And don't stop there, because you gotta see the classy
retro amp chassis projects as well as other guitars, and his
pickup page too. This guy has a great shop, excellent tools &
equipment and obviously the talent and skills to build sexy
boutique guitars and gear!
And he ain't doin' no finish work until the weather is just
right because Jean doesn't like to cut corners as you can
Princeton Reverb clone
OVERDRIVE HRM BLUESMASTER - DUMBLE clone amp
Tube condenser microphone
LENNON Gibson Les Paul Junior Custom clone or style
Rosewood Telecaster clone (by far my favorite guitar)
KILGORE tube scam with the complicity of George METROPOULOS (METRO
+ Marshall JTM45 clone
into modernity, Parker Fly Style guitar
Fender Vibroverb clone amp
Tweed Deluxe (5E3) clone
Tweed Deluxe or 5E3x2
Telecaster clone building page
Stratocaster clone guitar
a funny Telecaster with a double personality
... I also build acoustic guitar, here my take on a Martin clone
Mail to :
The Pumpking farm strat