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 #105892  by jeager
 Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:51 pm
I am almost finished building my new strat with OBEL and TPC-1, hardtail bridge. Actually I have gigged with it a few times but still have some finishing touches. The OBEL is wired but I have yet to install a second jack (was looking for a double jack plate) and find appropriate cables. Any help much appreciated. I ended up using the Lollar blond pup which sound great. The all important middle pickup has lots of cluck, juicy highs and the bass strings growl nicely. I am planning on switching the bridge pup out for a higher output model.

The body is chambered (swamp ash) from Warmoth, i did the finish, It is very light and resonant (not a 13 pound tiger by any means). The neck is also warmoth (flame maple) very nice. Clearly not an attempt to copy any of jerry's guitars but includes important elements of a few of them. I will post some sound clips eventually.

http://s78.photobucket.com/albums/j118/ ... G_0113.jpg
 #105894  by jeager
 Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:04 pm
Thanks, I will call it Stella, the blue guitar...
 #105899  by gr8fulbluz
 Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:49 pm
That is a bad ass finish. The back looks a bit darker, i dunno? maybe just a trick of the light.

I really like the blue and the blond and the ash has great grain patterns.

enjoy it!
 #105901  by jeager
 Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:27 pm
Thanks, i really enjoyed doing it, my first dye job. Up close you can see the imperfections in the dye, and lacquer. I could have spent more time on it but I figure the flaws give it character and the thing plays and sounds really great, very lively. I think I gotta sell my other strat so I can build another, maybe more Tiger like, or maybe a Tele for my kid.