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  1. Thanks for the link, Freeman. I heard back from Grant and he pretty much described the kind of attributes that drew me to the RW neck to begin with. If I can get started sometime soon, I'll come back here and post some pics if anyone is interested.
  2. Thanks for the Reranch link. It had not occurred to me that such a product was out there. Further links to the articles regarding setup would certainly be welcome. I have seen a couple of one piece rosewood necks, but to get what I want, it is looking like the 2 piece build is going to be the way to go. I harbor no delusions regarding my abilities to build an instrument. I do, however, want to do as much of it that patience and persistence will allow me to do. I want the neck drilled with the nut and frets installed and as ready to use as possible. I feel reasonably comfortable with the hardware. The biggest thing I'll have to guard against is messing it up so badly that it isn't worth fixing. If I get too far in over my head, I'll just stop and take it to someone with the necessary skills and experience. Thanks for all the good advice offered thus far. Oh, and Freeman, thanks again for the advice on rescuing/rehabbing my guitars after the flood of '15. Some won't ever be quite the same, but they were all salvaged and brought back to playability.
  3. I hadn't thought about that, but I'll definitely have a look.
  4. I don't know that there is a specific problem other than they look kind of light at first glance. The bridge doesn't look as heavy as the one on my '73, either, but I don't think that will be much of an issue. I tend to crank them down to the wood. It just seemed to me that perhaps a set of graph-tech saddles could alleviate some of the potential problems with a lighter bridge. That's a good idea for the paint. I know a couple of body guys that may be willing to paint it for me. As long as I can get reasonably close to Daphne blue, I'll be happy. Thanks.
  5. I was recently given a MIM strat body loaded with SD Jimi Hendrix pups. This will be my first attempt at something like this, so I'm looking for opinions regarding vendors and general tips. What I had in mind was buying a one piece rosewood neck. I've seen them in various places from $135 to $800. Is it worthwhile to get up into the $400 to $500 range to get one built to spec or just keep shopping until I run across something close that someone has in stock? Do any of the more obvious dealers stand out from the rest in terms of quality and reliability? I'd like to trade/sell the JH pups and install a Gen 4 or Hot noiseless set, instead. I can do that and sand the body myself. Maybe a new set of saddles. I'll probably go to a luthier for the paint job. In the end, I'd like to have a solid, serviceable strat that plays well and sounds good with out spending a ridiculous amount of money on a MIM body. Any and all advice and tips are appreciated.
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