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02/20/2008 @ 08:35 AM: I believe I have now reached "pumping them out" status with regard to my custom guitars. (And there are several more still in the works!)

Yesterday saw the completion of yet another custom guitar--a mini Strat! Don't be fooled by its size; this little demon is made of all top-notch materials and parts, and it screams just the same as a full-size axe.

There isn't much to describe that can't be seen in the accompanying photos. One of my favorite parts builders did a limited run of "mini" pieces, and I decided to build a guitar that could be specifically used for some of the capo writing I've been doing. This one is tuned one-and-a-half steps higher than standard tuning and features a 20" scale (approximately three-quarters the size of a normal guitar).

Again (again), Ted Vig from My Music Store filled his usual role of "finalizer" by seeing a few important aspects through on the mini Strat: He did the wiring, soldering, and filed the nut down for precise string height.

Pictures of this guitar in progress, along with my other guitar projects, can be found in the photos section of my MySpace page:


Body: Musikraft Solid Ash; Sunburst; Poly Finish (Factory)

Neck: Musikraft Maple/Rosewood Neck; C-Shape Profile; 10" Radius; 1 5/8" Tusq Nut; 6230 Thin Frets (20); Graph Tech String Trees; Tru-Oil/Wax Finish

Pickup: GFS Crunchy Pat Humbucker w/ Chrome Mounting Ring

Electronics: Alpha 500K Volume Potentiometer w/ Black Strat Style Knob; Switchcraft Jack w/ Black Jack Plate

Hardware: Chrome String-Thru Hardtail Bridge; Gotoh Mini Chrome Tuners; Black Control Cover; Nickel String Ferrules; Chrome Neck Plate; Chrome Strap Buttons


Mini_Strat_01 (88k image)

Mini_Strat_02 (80k image)

Mini_Strat_03 (61k image)

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Andrew Thomas