The body and neck for the, EC inspired, gold leafed Stratocaste have arrived. I need to see how they marry up, and look to making a start on prepping the body. As well as sealing the wood, ready for gilding – I need to work out how to mount the Mid Range Boost circuitry within the standard Stratocaster configuration.
The International CITES regulations, regarding the import and export of various hardwoods, have been with us for a while now – but the knock-on effects are now, quite apparent. Finding a 1959 style, rosewood, slab fingerboard neck for the Jimmy Page Tribute, “Dragoncaster” project has proved a difficult task.
The Ash Stratocaster I built last year has become one of my “go-to” guitars. As one of my first builds – I’m especially fond of it. However, with a few key components left over from other projects, I’ve had the chance to upgrade the guitar into something really special.
I was pleased with the “Black Strat” build earlier this year, and I’ve been looking for a new project in a similar vein. Since I studied gilding a few years back – this gold leafed Stratocaster presented itself as an obvious challenge. Along with the “Black Strat” the original, Eric Clapton comissioned, Gold Stratocaster realised one of the top 10 prices for guitars at auction. There’s a theme developing…
With the Precision stripped down to its’ component parts, I can now begin to rebuild the guitar, using some upgrade components, to transform it into the ’57 replica it never quite managed to be, before. Since most of the replacement parts are upgrades – I’m hoping for quite a transformation in the sonic character of the instrument too.
I’m still trying to source a suitable neck for the Dragoncaster. Since I need the neck to check the final scatchplate and control plate positions, I’m left with only a few bits and pieces I can do to push the project along. At least I can get the ground side of the circuit sorted.
I’ve never really had a look “under the bonnet” of this MIJ Precision, so to speak. It’s been stored away, and has been overlooked for quite a few years. Time for an upgrade, and a bit of TLC. But first – I’ve got to dismantle it, and take a look at what’s worth replacing.