Building a guitar
I dont know if this is the right place to post this but I havent had much sleep lately. So I couldnt find any where else. So I am building a fender stratocaster and I have a few issues I would like to ask someone. Like first there is a turtle branded on the neck slot on the body of my guitar and I was wanting to know what it ment like the brand and stuff. And I need help on finding out places to look for help on painting my guitar I want to relic it and everything I want to do a vintage sunburst or a kind of clear coat look. And one more thing that I can think of right now is my wiring diagrahm for the pickup and everything said to wire a ground to the bridge how would I run the wire so it isnt showing on my guitar? I really need help this is my first time really even holding a guitar I have messed around on a few playing them but I want to built this one so I can play what I want to, and I have had some pretty good success so far and if I can figure out where to post pictures I will put some up so you all can see what I am trying to do. Thanks, MusicVamp
I meant more of a website that will give me the real vintage steps to take so I can relic it. And thanks for the Warmoth I looked all over for it, because my guitar body is the warmoth but my neck is a fender composite or whatever you call it. The pieced together ones. I want to buy a warmoth neck to match the bodie. Its and ask body with a deep red turtle shell pickguard with the 11 screw holes and three off white noiseless pick-ups and its an ebody fret board I think. either that or Rosewood. Its kind of faided because its really dried out. Do you know where I might find a good warmoth neck at a good or decent deal? with the Fender logo on it? Or will I have to put it on it myself?
go to guitar reranch, click on the refinishing basics button, go to the tutorial of your choice. They have walkthroughs on everything.
direct from Warmoth is not usually a bargain, though the product is considered good stuff. ebay is probably the only place you will find a great Warmoth price -- and of course maybe a better (but not great) price among the bargain/discontinued items at Warmoth. you need to make sure the neck pocket is Fender spec if you are planning on using a Fender-licensed neck. several makers are Fender licensed. Stew-Mac is one, though also not cheap, and theirs may not bear logos. why get hung up on a logo anyway? it's perfectly respectable to have a no-name or home built guitar. something like a Warmoth is not considered "cheap" these days. unique is far more intersting.
if you are building a kit without knowing much about guitars, I suggest you find a knowledgable player/friend to help you understand what is proper assembly and set-up. much of this will not be obvious to the noob, and web advice is worth what you pay (mine included!). at the very least, I recommend you buy Guitar Player Magazine's book by Dan Erlewine on guitar repair and setup. that will answer 90+% of all your questions accurately.
I don't have a Strat, but have a G&L (also designed by Leo Fender). IIRC, the bridge is grounded by connecting the ground wire to the trem spring claw. it's probably the same for a Strat with trem.
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