This sort of a project has some inherent time factors that mean you will have to have certain amount of time and patience. Here is an example:

  • Week 1 - research, planning and designing your project, the process and the budget.
  • Weeks 2 & 3 - purchase all the parts and supplies that you will need, then wait for them to arrive.
  • Weeks 3 & 4 - prepare all the components prior to assembly. This includes neck refinishing, body refinishing, electronics work.
  • End of Week 4 – assembly and setup, then step back and admire your one-of-a-kind Strat!

Believe it or not, this is actually a pretty aggressive timeline, and it may not go this quickly your first time through. Please resist the temptation to rush this process, it will likely result in your making painful, costly, and time consuming mistakes.

One of the things that is most tempting to rush, is the curing time for your finish. Depending on the temperature and humidity this can vary tremdously, not to mention how heavy you spray your finish (without runs) and how close together these coats are.


Fernando (Barcelona) said...

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Anonymous said...

For a first-timer what would you recomend for lacquering my guitar. I've heard of other methods then sparying, such as french polloshing and yacht varnish. as it's my first attempt i'm not to fussed as to the outcome, just want it done quickly and semi decent. thanks great work been a good help! cheers mate

James M. Sims said...

Hi, I am assuming you are asking for a recommendation beyond what I have provided in this site, where the paint, sand, clear coat, sand and polish steps probably take a week or so. I would go ahead and choose a lacquer from Reranch.com. It is very forgiving. You can spray some coats, let it cure, lay down some more, then carefully wet sand and polish. This will be fairly fast, and will give you a cool color. The clear coats definitely add deep and shine, but are not a must.

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