Astrocaster 2

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by beerbelly, Mar 21, 2021.

  1. beerbelly

    beerbelly Squier-Meister

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    Sorry, no.
     
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  2. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic Silver Supporting Member

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    There’s always the future ;)
    FWIW, it’d look great as a bass I think. It’s got all the space on the lower bout to place the bridge to accommodate the extended range. But for now, I’m eagerly watching the progress on the current build!
     
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  3. beerbelly

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    I'm working on the headstock design today. I felt the original was pretty good, but a little "tame" compared to the body shape. This design, although similar, is more aggressive, with less of a "belly" curve, and a sleeker, less rounded notch.
    I'll look at it for a day or two and decide if any changes are needed. What do you guys think?

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  4. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

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    Looks aerodynamic! I like it
     
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  5. beerbelly

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    Another notch option, giving me more room for the logo, and maybe string trees:

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  6. beerbelly

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  7. drewcp

    drewcp Dr. Squier

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    To me, the elongated shape is looking more Modern Jetliner and less Space-Age
     
  8. beerbelly

    beerbelly Squier-Meister

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    That's a great description drewcp, and I agree; I think I'm sticking with my first idea. I've tried 5 different versions, and haven't found one I like better.
     
  9. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic Silver Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2018
    France
    I was in awe of your first design, and I'm blown away by the second. To me, you are a modern Leo Fender ! ;)
    I can't wait to see the rest of the Astrocaster Mark II ! :cool:
     
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  10. Exhead

    Exhead Squier-Meister

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    Very, VERY cool.
     
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  11. beerbelly

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  12. beerbelly

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    Rough-cut the body, routed & rounded over the edges and routed the neck pocket today. That's enough router work for one day; time to clean up my mess and plan tomorrow's work.

    edges routed.jpg edges rounded & neck pocket cut.jpg roughed-in neck on body.jpg
     
  13. beerbelly

    beerbelly Squier-Meister

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    Got the neck attached, the bridge in place and the string-through holes drilled today. I was just reminded that there are some domestic chores to do, so that's it for today.

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  14. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier Talk Member ‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎

    I see a shark's head with open mouth. Kind of cool, but not space age I think.
     
  15. Bob the builder

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    The scallop on the inside/underside gets lost in the mix.
    Almost straight from that angle.
    Are you planning on shading or coloring just the scallop to give it more visual definition?
    Edit.
    Really just a question. The guitar looks smokin
     
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  16. beerbelly

    beerbelly Squier-Meister

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    If you're asking about the scallop in the headstock, yes, it will be painted black and the neck will be tinted amber, like the first AstroCaster. I'm just changing the shape of the headstock & scallop to make it sleeker and more "Astro-y". That's a word right?

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  17. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Squier-Nut

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    Changes the whole visual.
    luv it
     
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  18. beerbelly

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    Checked the bridge & neck placement with some dental floss on the high & low E tuners; looks good.

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  19. beerbelly

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    The headstock scallop shows up a little better from this angle:

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  20. beerbelly

    beerbelly Squier-Meister

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    Here's some info on the neck if you're interested:
    WD Music part number PHNTM, an unfinished maple on maple neck with a Tele heel. They call it a modern C profile, with a 12" radius and (22) 6150 medium frets. It really fills my palm on the upper frets; really comfortable. The TUSQ PQL-5000-00 nut fits almost perfectly, just needing a little sanding to fit in the slot.

    neck @ 1st fret.jpg neck @ 12th fret.jpg nut width.jpg TUSQ nut.jpg neck radius.jpg