It's a funny hangup but I would have paid extra to spec a walnut (or similar ) insert in the truss rod slot. Fender have conditioned me to associate no insert with cheap.Lovely, congrats! The one thing I would have gone for specs- wise is stainless steel frets, just because I love them!
It’s not really supposed to be realistic. The heavy relic arm wear is to highlight the undercoat 3TSB. It’s not a fender so I didn’t want a fender stock....Lol...that relic looks so *****' fake...and the headstock shape is hideous really...
Kewl…My dog can build a more realistic lookin' relic than that. The upper bout, looks like a bear attempted to rip a chunk off it thinking it was food.
It’s all relic. No shipping damage.A builder shipped it in a soft case?! That is insane. The soft cases with hard foam may have worked but your builder's case looks as strong as a terry cloth towel. I empathize with you.
What did it look like right before it was shipped? Wondering what is shipping damage and what is relic.
Action was a little low outta the box. Now it’s perfect. And it’s so damn loud acoustically. The low E sounds bright unplugged. And the high E sounds bassy. It’s crazy.Happy new guitar day!
Are you pleased with it? How does it play?
So a half turn on the machine head changes the strings pitch a half step. All strings are this way. And yeah, I get it. If you see a strat and want everything on it to be the same as a Fender, this guitar will disappoint you.Curious about those kooky tuners?
I say kooky because its hard to graft new ideas onto a closed mind and thats the best I can do, even as the tuning of the low E is more fiddly that it needs to be with 1/64th of a turn of the button raising the pitch 1/2 step.
Do all the strings move up or down the same interval with the same tuner button rotation?
As for the relic work, interesting stuff!
Overall nice looking build, maybe a bit thin neck and small frets for me but the guitar is for you, so my taste has no bearing!
Very interesting prospect those new tuners, thanks for the details.Action was a little low outta the box. Now it’s perfect. And it’s so damn loud acoustically. The low E sounds bright unplugged. And the high E sounds bassy. It’s crazy.
It’s honestly amazing.
So a half turn on the machine head changes the strings pitch a half step. All strings are this way. And yeah, I get it. If you see a strat and want everything on it to be the same as a Fender, this guitar will disappoint you.
The neck measurements are duplicating multiple exacting measurements from 64 Fender Strat. So it’s a little delicate/thin in the open area. About the same as a fender C. And transitions to a chunky feel as you work your way to the higher frets. Although it never gets quite as chunky as my Vintera 60s Strat. That one can only be described as a baseball bat.
But the fret wire isn’t small. They are certainly tall. And not skinny. I don’t recall the Jescar number but they’re close to 6105.
Fixed! @BuffaloHound please be careful when quoting. As bluejazzoid said, it's against the rules to alter others' quotes.
Thanks.@BuffaloHound Dude, first of all, that thing looks used. Heavily. Second, the color is not at all classy. Tell'ya what, I'll save you some trouble and take it away from you no charge, I'll even pay for shipment.
Seriously: what a beautiful guitar, that nut looks cut perfectly, color is wonderful, relic is very ok. Congrats on your new instrument!
Jeez, this neck looks so comfortable!
No worries. I’m open to advice.@BuffaloHound I don't want to instruct you on obvious things, but have you tried the usual stuff? Greasing nut slots, adjusting claw screws, taking off one of the tremolo springs? Maybe you changed strings gauge to lighter? Strat tremolo isn't really that complicated to troubleshoot. You use it both ways? Or just to go down? Maybe just deck it if nothing helps? Hardtails are ok, but a tremolo strat is the classic look.