’54 strat



Here we are with another ’54 start style build.2 piece ash body (2kgs) with a slightly off-centre join and some nice grain lines.I know I know it’s not vintage correct pickup routing but for $100 it’ll do.


It’s already been sealed so we go ahead and wipe on some of the trusty old Feast Watson Prooftint in ‘golden teak’ 100% straight out of the bottle and it gives us this nice golden orange colour while sweeping into the grain to add some highlights.

I chose not to use the black timber mate grain fill on this build as well something different really.

Eventually I do the back & sides all over,equivalent to fender dipping their bodies in dye back in the ’50s but I don’t have a big drum full of this stuff so a bit of tore up old reg grundys and some rubber gloves will have to do.

Next up I’ll shoot some black around the edges for that “crude burst” 2 tone look then layer on some clear coats.

More on that next time…..

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