Monday, October 15, 2007

One Foot in Front of the Other

In my quest for the perfect guitar, I started constructing my own Fender Stratocasters from various new and used parts. This was my very first attempt. The maple neck is a licensed Fender neck with jumbo frets and a variable radius fingerboard for better string bending. The neck was aged and finished in a vintage look using a nitrocellulose lacquer. The Daphne Blue (as in 55' Cadilac) body was not licensed by Fender and the components including the electrics were inexpensive. This was a trial run just to get the feel for the nature of the project before I took on my dream project guitar. It still came out looking, feeling and sounding great and I sold it for a fair price to a happy buyer on eBay.

My point being that it is really no big deal to do projects like this, though many find them daunting to consider. However, you do have to start if you are going to get somewhere, and that is why I tend to plunge in. It is amazing how far you can get in no time at all if you just begin by putting one foot in front of the other. Even if this project came out as total failure (in fact, if you look closely, you can see a crack in the neck, and yes, I did disclose this in my eBay ad), I would have learned a lot and would probably be prepared for the next step - building the dream Strat.

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