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Reverse headstock Stratocaster

I’m putting together a Stratocaster for a friend. It’s to match a Telecaster he has so will be painted in a creamy colour. This is the look we…

Comparing old and new truss rod nuts, old one is very worn.

Replacing a Fender USA Stratocaster Truss Rod Nut

For some reason known only to Fender, the US American Standard Stratocasters and Telecasters use a 1/8″ Allen key to adjust the truss rod. It’s okay if the rod is working…

50s 2 tone strat replica

Tony’s 50s 2-tone Stratocaster Replica

Tony is another regular customer who has produced some superb guitars painted using my nitrocellulose lacquer. I think he has excelled himself with this superb tribute to an…

Removing scratches from the frets using Micromesh pads

Dressing the frets on the maple neck

I covered fret dressing in this earlier post but will repeat the steps here for completeness. The pictures should tell the story but I’ll add some text where I…

Clear lacquer applied over decal

Spraying the neck

Before spraying I sanded the neck again, checking that everything was clean and wiped over with a tack cloth to remove any dust. I then sprayed another couple…

Mary Kaye tribute Stratocaster completed

New build – “Mary Kaye” Stratocaster

I’m building a Stratocaster using this beautiful one-piece ash body from GuitarBuild.co.uk. It is made from Phil’s special order only premium wood stock and weighs just 3½ pounds. I’m…

Surf Green Stratocaster finished

Marty McCann’s Surf Green Stratocaster

Marty sent me some pictures of his Mexican Strat refinish that he’d done. Marty wrote: “Thought I would share my before, during and after pix of my lefty…

Restrung and set up

Another LSR Nut Refit (rosewood this time)

Here’s another LSR roller nut rescue, this time on a rosewood board Stratocaster, the previous LSR roller nut repair being on a maple ‘board. This time the fitter…

USA Stratocaster refret in Sintoms jumbo wire

Last week I refretted this maple board Stratocaster with huge wire – 0.057″ high. I removed the old frets, left the finish intact and laid the new frets…

Stratocaster neck stripped and oiled

Strip and Oil of Stratocaster neck

This Stratocaster was built by one of the UK’s best makers of relic guitars. The owner, who’d had it from new, complained that the back of the neck…