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05/15/2011 @ 12:06 AM:

The AT Custom Candy Green Alder Strat
Serial Number: 1201127
Completed: April 2011

The AT Custom Candy Green Alder Strat was completed on April 4, 2011.

What happens when we have both an excessively cold winter in Minnesota and I in parallel find myself not exercising my creative energies enough in music? I build guitars. Lots of them. This winter saw the completion and near completion of several longstanding projects and a handful of new ones. This alder Strat was built for basically no other reason than I had most of the parts sitting around--a few left over from defunct projects and the body purchased through eBay months earlier. I needed pickups and hit the ol' eBay again to acquire a set of Fender Tex Mex single coils. The original plan was to go with chrome hardware (because that's what I had on hand), but upon placing the cream pearloid pickguard over the green body it seemed to just scream out for gold. The result is: a Strat. It sounds good. It plays well. If I decide I like the guitar enough I'll keep it around. If not, well then this might be the first guitar I've built--not for someone specifically--that gets sold.

Pictures of this guitar in progress, along with my other current and completed guitar projects, can be found on my Facebook page:


Body: Solid Alder; Transparent Green Poly Finish (Factory)

Neck: Mighty Mite Maple; C-Shape Profile; 9.5"-12" Compound Radius; 1 11/16" Plastic Nut; Medium-Jumbo Frets (22); Graph Tech String Trees; Satin Finish

Pickups: Fender Tex Mex Bridge, Middle & Neck Single Coils w/ Cream Covers

Electronics: DiMarzio 250K Volume Potentiometer & CTS 250K Tone Potentiometers w/ Cream Strat Style Knobs; 5-Way Switch w/ Cream Tip; Switchcraft Jack w/ Gold Strat Style Jack Plate

Hardware: Fender Gold Vintage Style Strat Tremolo; Mini Gold Tuners w/ Ivoroid Buttons; Black/Cream/Cream Pearloid Pickguard & Tremolo Cover; Gold Neck Plate w/ Black Plastic Gasket; Gold Strap Buttons


Green_Alder_Strat_07 (181k image)

Green_Alder_Strat_08 (148k image)

Green_Alder_Strat_09 (168k image)

Green_Alder_Strat_11 (165k image)

Green_Alder_Strat_12 (140k image)

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Andrew Thomas