My Gold-leafed, Hardtail Stratocaster is complete. It's a true "Covidcaster", and has helped sustain me through Lockdown - but I must admit - I think I did this more for the experience, than from ever actually wanting "the bling".
Fixing a nut which has been cut slightly low - resulting in some fret buzz at the first fret, on open strings.
Stringing my custom, gold-leafed hardtail Fender Stratocaster for the first time. Standard setup, but plenty of scope for fine adjustment.
Hotter pickups usually require a little dialling-back, to get them into "Vintage" territory. But I think I'm going to need a "Treble Bleed" modification to keep the sound bright.
Building a modified wiring circuit for my Gold-leafed hardtail Stratocaster. Wiring up some Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups, with 500k pots and a K40Y-9, 0.1µF tone capacitor.
There's a lot to learn, (so this might be a long post). I want to try and specify a wiring circuit specifically for the Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups I'll be using on my Gold Hardtail Stratocaster.
This gilded Stratocaster body has problems. Maybe not that serious - but I need to get a handle on them. Best solution I can think of - is to cover up the problem areas with go-faster stripes!
Fitting the scratchplate, is when the look of the guitar really starts to come together. But with the test fit - there's something not quite right...
Shielding the Hardtail's body with copper foil will create a contiguous ground. But I'll have to find a way to link it to that surface mounted bridge.
The lacquer on the Hardtail Stratocaster should have cured enough to polish up reasonably well. It's a bit of a monotonous slog to work through all of the various grades of grit, but it promises to be well worth the effort.