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    Ultra Strat Project

    I've been stowing away parts for this for a while. I have owned a Tele Plus since 1989. I got in on the 1st ones that were released & to this day it is still my favorite guitar, I love Lace Sensor pickups & always wanted to build an Ultra Strat like project. After a few Craigslist deals I got a Red,Silver & Blue single & then picked up a Dually Silver about a month later. I also picked up a pro rebuilt Ibanez Roadstar neck from the early 80's a few months ago. The Tone Bomb Alder strat body fits the neck perfectly. Today I finally got going on this project.
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    I like the pickguard & pickups--nice...
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    That has the makings of a fine guitar, KC. It's interesting to see you building something that's kind of tribute guitar.

    I've never heard the Lace pickups, but they definitely have a following, so I suspect they're quite good. Am I correct that the different colours represent different degrees of hotness or output? I seem to remember reading that somewhere.

    That is a neat pickguard, with the red lamination.....A bit like the Terrapin guard that I ordered for my Bigsby Strat. I like that look, and I'm a bit surprised that they're not that common.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on it. Have you figured out a finish scheme yet? I've been admiring the red Tele you posted in P90 thread.
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    This one I'm doing a coach works all hand done black. I got the black on this weekend & my sandpaper is now soaking in water with dish soap. I have the know how & the means to spray them but I really found that I enjoy doing them the long way. The black will still show the grain this way. The fun thing about doing them like this is I don't totally know what I'm gonna get until it's all over.

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    I have worked on the black all week & this is it this morning. I just mocked it up to give a demo on how it will look. I have a ways to go but its getting there. I only received one of my knobs I got off E bay The other is on its way.
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    Nice to see you making some headway, KC. I'm not a fan of black, as you know, but I have no doubt it'll turn out well. It's surprising how much the red lamination of the pickguard pops against the black body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post
    Nice to see you making some headway, KC. I'm not a fan of black, as you know, but I have no doubt it'll turn out well. It's surprising how much the red lamination of the pickguard pops against the black body.
    I love the black look--especially on this--would look cooler with a darker fingerboard--but even without that, it still looks great.
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    Thanks guys. I think it looks pretty bad ass. Lol. Tonight I installed the Wilkinson tremolo I picked up for this project a while ago. I am very impressed with the quality of construction of this bridge. Everything about it is nice The saddles are excellent & I'm a guy who swaps them out on a regular basis. No need to this time. The press in arm is an excellent fit with the perfect tension. Its got nice big steel block with a major upgrade in my opinion to a fender where they staggered the string holes in an average intonation pattern which will make the string travel straight up the hole & onto the saddle without any contact on the base plate. Fender should have done that like 50 years ago. I am very confident this is exactly what I wanted for this project.

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    Well I'm all up & running strong. I did the final setup on this over the weekend & it plays beautiful. The Dually Silver Lace Sensor in the bridge is a really nice sounding pickup. They must have made that model for a very short time because I cant find any real info on it. It will produce an authentic CBS Strat tone with the rear coil thinner & brighter then the front as expected. With both coils activated Lace sensor Dually's are truly amazing. Strong but with nice full tone. I like how this model has a lighter edge to it then the Dually Red in my Tele. I like the bridge but I am not nuts over the press in arm it does wiggle around in the socket a bit but its not terrible. I ended up having to shave down the heel of the neck by 2 millimeters because it sat to tall in the pocket & my adjustment on my saddles had to be at max to play buzz free. It looked sub par so the easiest fix was to lower the heel. I thought about doing the neck pocket it self but the only way I knew I would be truly level was to do the heel. The Road Star neck is wicked to play I find it to be very Tele like in its feel. The frets a bang on level so I was able to run my action nice & low right out of the gate. It plays like butter. Smokin' fast! I am waiting for a few finishing touches to show up in the mail & will post the final photo's when they arrive.
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    You're teasing us, KC! Can't wait to see the pictures.
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