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    I'm working on a new project and, upon stripping the body (from a MIM Fender Strat, I'm unsure of the year), I was very surprised by the number of pieces. I knew that these were frequently made up of many pieces, but I never would have expected 8!

    I doubt that it will make a significant difference in the sound of the guitar (especially by the time I'm done with it ), but I was wondering what your experiences were? Is this pretty standard, or is an 8 piece body rather unusual, even on MIMs?

    What are your thoughts?

    P.S.: A build thread will (hopefully) be coming soon!
    Guitars: 3 Partscasters (SSS, SSH, and Tele), Gibson SG Special Faded (heavily modified), Fender Classic Player Thinline Telecaster
    Effects: RMC4 Wah, Fulltone Fulldrive 2 Mosfet, Dunlop BoG Fuzzface, EHX Soul Food, BYOC TS-808, EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress, MXR Phase 90, Way Huge Aqua Puss Delay, TC Hall of Fame Reverb
    Amps: Silverface Champ, Blues Junior with BillM mods

  • #2
    8 is getting up there. 6 is not uncommon. Maybe they picked the best 8 pieces.

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    • #3
      I think that is pretty standard for regular production MIM bodies. 5-8 pieces is the norm, I think. I think you sometimes find 3-4 piece bodies on the higher end MIM FSR models and such.

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      • #4
        I think that is pretty standard for regular production MIM bodies. 5-8 pieces is the norm, I think. I think you sometimes find 3-4 piece bodies on the higher end MIM FSR models and such.


        i I don't think they even pick through them. There all venneer both sides now to make finshing faster.

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        • #5
          8 is getting up there. 6 is not uncommon. Maybe they picked the best 8 pieces.


          Yeah, I expected 6. I mean, the actual body is 6 (plus a veneer on each side), but I expected it to be more like 4 plus the 2 veneers. Like I said, I'm not really upset about it, more just surprised.
          Guitars: 3 Partscasters (SSS, SSH, and Tele), Gibson SG Special Faded (heavily modified), Fender Classic Player Thinline Telecaster
          Effects: RMC4 Wah, Fulltone Fulldrive 2 Mosfet, Dunlop BoG Fuzzface, EHX Soul Food, BYOC TS-808, EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress, MXR Phase 90, Way Huge Aqua Puss Delay, TC Hall of Fame Reverb
          Amps: Silverface Champ, Blues Junior with BillM mods

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          • #6
            I stripped a classic player body which I think is MIM and it was a three piece.

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            • #7
              +4 piez3s =/= g00d to4nz
              Originally Posted by Hopeless


              I wouldn't recommend them for metal, but then I also wouldn't recommend playing metal.









              Originally Posted by Django Sentenza


              When you've founded an entire branch of science dedicated to quantifying taste, get back to me.

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              • #8
                I stripped a classic player body which I think is MIM and it was a three piece.


                The higher end MIMs are not veneer like the standards.

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                • #9
                  I had a 2002 custom job made for a sponsored act with all American hardware and electronics on it - it was beautiful with the a highly figured maple neck. But regardless what I did to it, it was rather stiff in the sound dept - not a lot of character, diminished low end. Come to find out it had like a six or seven piece body. Traded it straight across for a 98 Mexican Squier with mini-pots, import tuners and mighty mite pickups. Never been so happy with a trade in my life - one of the nicest sounding and best playing (after a shim and a set-up) Strats I've ever played. This one has a two piece body by the way.
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                  The 9/11 Wall of Shame (caught stepping in it):
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                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Xoxaf1Al0
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                  • #10
                    Yep. The last MIM I stripped to the wood looked like butcher block - at least 6 pieces. It sounds great anyway. But I see now that it's pointless to go to all that work stripping an MIM, when for a hundred bucks or so you can get a Mighty Mite body with much better wood that you don't have to spend 10 hours sanding a pound and a half of poly off of.

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                    • #11
                      Someone on this forum has stripped down a classic series body....and it was a 3-piece body.
                      Only a Standard would have that much,nicer and less piece bodies are for high end and signature models,the rest goes for Standards.

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                      • #12
                        Slightly related to the topic:

                        Would anyone here know how many pieces of poplar* there are in the early 90's mim strats?


                        * I assume it is poplar, because i have found no indication that they used alder or ash in the early mim's...
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                        • #13
                          MIM Strats are usually 3-5 pieces. 8 is unusual.
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                          • #14
                            Slightly related to the topic:

                            Would anyone here know how many pieces of poplar* there are in the early 90's mim strats?


                            * I assume it is poplar, because i have found no indication that they used alder or ash in the early mim's...


                            They didn't go to the scrapwood bodies until around 2000. Chances are yours is two or three piece.
                            My 9/11 Tribute Song: https://vimeo.com/49284582

                            The 9/11 Wall of Shame (caught stepping in it):
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3s4_dkKn8Y
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Xoxaf1Al0
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jPzAakHPpk
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n7uJ...feature=relmfu
                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU961SGps8g

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                            • #15
                              They didn't go to the scrapwood bodies until around 2000. Chances are yours is two or three piece.


                              Thx for the info.


                              ...and just a general observation, namely that my early 70's Norlin Les Paul Deluxe does indeed have 6 pieces of wood for the body:
                              Three pieces of maple for the cap, and then the layered mahogany - maple - mahogany body.
                              It also has a 5 piece neck, if you count the glued on bits on the headstock.

                              That is 11 bits of wood for one guitar

                              It resonates like nothing else i have.
                              Go figure...
                              Guitar picture, Gear List, Clip List and travel pics from Peru, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Indonesia. Bonus: Some pics from Denmark too.

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