Presently I am going to update
this site to show a newer Strat I built... Heres a picture :
and heres the current build
This site has been developed subsequent to a project that I
had of making a really great strat. I wanted to make a strat like no other,
with features that are hard if not impossible to find on
almost any strat style guitar today.
The above picture is one of many you will
find on this site. There are countless images showing exactly
how I made this strat in just about 3-4 months very simply and
while learning what to do. Probably like you, I did not have a
clue of how to make a guitar, let alone a world class
instrument, but it was actually not hard to do at all and I
have a strat that features the best there is, without the
custom shop price!
Here's the specification:
- 22 Fret Neck very heavily figured
- Custom Radius setup
which eliminates choking off
- Custom made pickups - some of the
finest in the world
- Industry standard tremolo system as
- Adjustable truss rod, while the
neck is fitted
- Louisiana Swamp ash body and maple
top (the real thing)
- Hollowed and lightened body
cavities for reduced weight
- Dream Custom Purple finish
- Custom wiring
- Custom Case
- Strap locks as standard (the way it
- Best playability on the planet
- Best sounding strat in the world!
- Cost less than £700 in the UK with
brand new parts
This instrument is NOT a Fender Guitar,
although there are many Fender components included. The
'Fender' logo on the neck is a 'replacement' logo and is NOT
intended to imply that this instrument is made by Fender.
Well, as you can see, this is one cool piece
of gear. I've had lots of strats over the years, from deluxe,
standard, super strat, the 'dreamstrat'*,
a 62 strat and simply too many more to mention. One thing is for
sure, no matter what money you pay, it's likely that this strat beats them all, hands down and at a fraction of the
cost of the relics etc - who wants a beat up guitar anyway....
OK you have found this site, I sincerely
hope that it inspires you too to make your own guitar and see
exactly how cool these guitars can be. There is little doubt,
that with a bit of patience and time then you too can make a
guitar that can be as cool as anything in the whole world -
especially with YOUR input. I guess you know how much that
would cost in a custom shop....
I truly hope you enjoy this site - it has
been developed over long hours to bring my experiences to you.
Tony McKenzie (www.tonymckenzie.com)
Please note that 'strat'
'stratocaster' and all other good words are and remain the ownership of Fender
Musical Instruments Corp. All trademarks acknowledged.