Natural Ash 60’s/70’s Stratocaster

Natural Ash Stratocaster – Another setup.

I try to make improvements to the playing “feel”, every time I set the guitar up. In fact – every time I change strings – there’s a chance to tweak things a little. I’ve already set the Ash Strat up a few times now. This time – the new body has meant there’s a better geometry at the neck pocket, and I can do away with the shim that was there previously. That provides an opportunity to really give things a good shake out.

The Ash Stratocaster – More modifications and upgrades

My Ash Strat is now a couple of years old. As I’ve built other projects, I’ve learned a lot – and I’m constantly looking for ways to refine and upgrade previous builds. This being my first real build – I’ve always been pretty happy with the way it evolved but, compared with some of the Fender bodies I’ve worked with, the two piece Ash body just feels wrong somehow, and I’m constantly reminded of the small compromises I had to make to bring the guitar together. Time for another upgrade.

The Ash Stratocaster. The guitar becomes electric.

It’s almost an alchemical experience. Wood and wire finished and shaped, and all to accept a simple electric circuit. With it, a guitar becomes electric and, as Frank Zappa puts it, “the guitar can be the single most blasphemous device on the face of the earth” – “The disgusting stink of a too loud electric guitar; now that’s my idea of a good time”.