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Old 10-26-2012, 08:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting a guitar project!

Pulled the guitar out of the garage, been playing that again lately. It's in need of refinishing after five years in the humidity.

Being a teenager at the time, I finished it in a 'chameleon' paint which looked amazing. When the clearcoat was new. And before a couple touch-ups that it doesn't like.

So something more modest this time.

So, fellow (and superior) players, I'm looking for suggestions on what would benefit a rock/general use Strat. Even colors or paints for it.

So far the plan is:
-Strip down and refinish. It needs a few stripped screwholes repaired and the finish reapplied. I will unfortunately probably have to limit it to rattlecan and brush-on, but I can oven-cure.
-Rewiring to eliminate ground loops and noise.
-Adding an internal preamp and a bypass switch.
-Probably custom knobs, so I can fit the original three, plus two for the preamp, onto the pickguard.
-Shielding the inside after wiring.
-Perhaps new pickups, if needed.
-Time in the mill to make room for humbuckers in case I decide to change in the future.
-Sinking the rear (custom!) cover plates flush.
-A NEW NECK. This is top priority; my model comes with a 39mm nut, not the standad 42. I can't get my fingers into a chord without buzzing the strings off my nails. Should I just look for a standard Strat neck, or try to find one with a flatter board?

I'm still stuck on a student's near-starving budget. So, if anyone has suggestions on part selections or deals, or what paints to use, or how to do something, I'm soaking it all up like a sponge.

Plus, I wanted some warning for a future flood of before-and-after pictures.
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