Starting a New Build, a Strat-Dano Hybrid

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by bgmacaw, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-holic

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    I ordered the neck and body today for a new build, kind of a Strat Danelectro hybrid. The body is a GFS closeout body and the neck is a KMise 3x3 Danelectro style neck. The neck is 25.5 scale with a 15" radius.

    First question, should I leave the body with battered 'relic' finish it comes with or repaint it?

    Pickups. I want a two pickup arrangement since 3 get in the way of my fingerstyle playing. I'm leaning toward either dual P90's or Gibson-ish Mini-HB but I may go a different direction. Opinions?

    Lastly, the bridge. Should I go standard Strat trem or something else? I may go with a hardtail of some type (think Coodercaster).

    Here are the parts I ordered...

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  2. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Dr. Squier

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    Fun project, good luck with her..
     
  3. waynes world

    waynes world Squier-Nut

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    Looks like fun, how about p90 in the neck and humbucker in the bridge!
     
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  4. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier-holic

    1. Paint the thing. IMO artificial relics are just silly. The real thing from years of dragging it around to gigs is pretty cool.
    2. Single coil neck, HB bridge (but go with what you want--I'm an acoustic guy at heart and know little about pickups).
    3. If you play fingerstyle mostly, deck the trem.

    Just my $.02, and this about what it is worth. Looks like a fun project.
     
  5. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    I did one. It is a Strat body with full length Dans Single coils. They require modifying the guitar and pickguard. Sound great though.

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  6. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-holic

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    If it's like the other GFS closeout body I bought, the relic isn't artificial, it comes from factory abuse, probably from being kicked around the floor by bored workers. But poly finishes don't relic well no matter how it's done.
     
  7. MrYeats

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    I wish somebody would come up with a way to make something to get poly off a guitar an easier job..Maybe freeze it with nitrogen and it will chip off?
     
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  8. Barry

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  9. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-holic

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    Good idea since I could do with parts on hand. I have a neck Casino P90 (12k) and a GFS bridge "Vintage 59" (8.1k). That might work although I might have to really lower the P90 to get a good balance. I'd also pull the P90 out of the Casino cover and put it in a soapbar cover.
     
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  10. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

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    21e2d033f580aca5b1790a1aaa72ed36.1000x682x1.jpg Funny you should ask. I always wanted to do a Sonny Landreth setup using a tele bridge on a strat. I almost had it figured out where the tele bridge could be drilled to attach big strat block, that would hang in the block rout. Strings would come through as "strat" usual, and the block would be fixed. I had everything but the time. I imagined sustain "until tomorrow". Still on my bucket list.
    Where did you find that great "coke bottle" neck?
     
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  11. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-holic

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  12. Marko60

    Marko60 Squier-Nut

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    Is the Kmise neck coming from China? If so a squirt of anti-bac won't go amiss
     
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  13. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-holic

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    The body got here today. That was quick.

    After examining it, it does look and feel like an attempted factory relic job, not accidental damage. The poly goes over the bare wood. It's too bad because the rest of the finish is rather nice.

    It's thin, like an Affinity, and very light. I suspect it's paulownia. I'll either have to go with a short block trem or get creative with something else.
     
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  14. John L Rose

    John L Rose Squier-holic

    When the Dano neck is fitted to the body, what happens when you lay it on its back on a table?
    Does the end of the headstock (a) still clear the table, or does it (b) lift the neck end of the body up off the table?
    If (b), I could see a tragedy waiting to happen.
     
  15. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-holic

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    It would be like a SG, you don't sit it flat on a table. I use a neck cradle on my workbench.
     
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  16. Guitfiddlist

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  17. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

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    I’m surprised Gibson never thought about that
     
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  18. John L Rose

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    o_O I'm surprised that I never noticed that about my Epi Les Paul Studio. I must have imagined that a thicker body took care of it.
    As it is, it lifts the top end of the body up by 3/4" or so.
     
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  19. Guitfiddlist

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    I’ve come to learn that (any brand name) Les Paul is only as good as its neck or headstock repair. If it’s a short tenon, it’s a heel break, long tenon headstock break.

    It’s easily fixable by either getting a short scale (mustang or Duo) or just accepting that by that choice in guitar, you are going to face the possibilities it’s going to break.

    I had a few. I decided to quit complaining and go back to bolt on necks. 735C409D-484E-4E36-93E2-0EEB710B5066.jpeg
     
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  20. Guitfiddlist

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    @John L Rose Or simply fold a towel for a neck rest, don’t lay it on its back, use a guitar stand, put it in the case....? So many possibilities
     
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