Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 64

Thread: Sonics Build No.6 - The Triple Black-O-Caster

  1. #1
    Mentor Sonic Mountain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Location
    Toowoomba, Qld.
    Posts
    1,644

    Sonics Build No.6 - The Triple Black-O-Caster

    Here we go again with yet another build I wasn't planning on doing.

    Some old neighbours of ours came around for a visit and it turns out their teenage son has been getting pretty into guitar. So of course I let him have a play of some of my builds. With Christmas approaching his parents have asked me to put together a nice starter guitar for him.

    He really is just starting out, so doesn't understand the differences between all the various brands and models. After a bit of back and forth it became clear he basically wants a black strat, with black pickguard - not a bad place to start I reckon.

    Now I did make it clear that for the cost of the kit + some minor upgrades and finishing they could grab a brand new Squire, but they'd prefer to have something with a little bit more personal history. Fine by me, it'll be a straight forward enough build. I haven't been planning on building any black guitars (Or any strats for that matter) as I already have a few, so a good opportunity to try and do the best finish I can.

    Plan is pretty simple, black, sealed maple neck, custom decal, grovers and nut upgrade and that's it. I am tossing up putting a Babicz bridge on it, but it might be overkill for what they are after... I do like those things though.

    I did have a slight hiccup with the first kit I received - it had a white scratch plate and a neck that was a bit rougher than I've come to expect from Pitbull. As usual, Adams amazing customer service saved the day and he was more than happy to supply a new kit as per order with a much better neck. Between the support on this forum and Adams willingness to work with the customer, it's no wonder this hobby is going so well.

    Anyway, replacement kit arrived today.....away we go

    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass

    "What I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm"

  2. #2
    Member NTS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Location
    Perth, WA
    Posts
    12
    Looking forward to seeing how this turns out, a black strat is next on my list.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Mentor Sonic Mountain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Location
    Toowoomba, Qld.
    Posts
    1,644
    First jobs done. Checked the neck fit, lined up the bridge and drilled pilot holes for the neck and bridge. Did a bit of refining of the pick guard around the end of the neck. Then onto some body mods, reducing the heel in a similar way to what I did on the Sonicaster. I really don't like how big a lump of wood is back there, even on real Fenders. Started shaping the headstock in a fairly familiar shape.

    I've run out of time this arvo, but happy to have made a start. I'll finish the head stock shaping and then settle in for some sanding. Being a shiny black finish I'm going to take my time and get it really nice and flat. I'd like to get some paint on it this weekend, but I'll see how I go.









    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass

    "What I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm"

  4. #4
    Well I've never seen that mod done.
    Now that you have pointed it out, that's yet another area to investigate hehe.

    Looking forward to another entertaining build.

    cheers, Mark.

  5. #5
    Mentor JohnH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Canberra, Australia
    Posts
    885
    Hmmm, now you're giving me ideas...

    Cool project though. A squire is easy, but this is way cooler
    #001 (LP-1S) [finished - co-runner up Nov 2018 GOTM]
    #002 (WL-1)
    #003 (MPL Megacaster - semi scratch build) [finished]
    #004 (ST-1 JR - Arachnoid Superhero build)
    #005 (LP jr)

    Junk shop acoustic refurbs (various)
    'The TGS Special'

  6. #6
    GAStronomist wazkelly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Caloundra West, Sunshine Coast Qld
    Posts
    5,977
    Might need shorter neck screws otherwise they may poke through the fret board given the amount of meat taken off the back.
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

  7. #7
    Mentor Sonic Mountain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Location
    Toowoomba, Qld.
    Posts
    1,644
    Yeah definitely, I just pruned 5mm or so off them when I did this on the Sonicaster.
    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass

    "What I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm"

  8. #8
    Mentor Sonic Mountain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Location
    Toowoomba, Qld.
    Posts
    1,644
    Bit more done in between work this morning. Sprayed a very light 'Guide Coat' on the body to help me block it back (if you do this make sure the paint is compatible with what ever you are finishing with later!). Using 120grit as the basswood is pretty soft, and a big flat sanding block.

    You can see how the low points stay dark, this is something that will absolutely be evident under a gloss black finish. It's just a matter of working at it. It's also important to change directions with the block. So follow the grain, then do it at 90 degrees to the grain, then cross hatch at 45 both ways. This will give you the flattest possible surface.

    You can see it's shown up some wobbles in the radius around the body and where the forearm relief is. I worked back and forth on the forearm relief with the block until it closed up the low point and gave a nice straight transition. I'm going to round off the bit I scalloped off the back as well to make it suit the rest of the guitar a bit better.

    Next task will be to go around the radius and make sure it's consistent. Then I'll start using a softer block and finer grade paper to blend all the edges.















    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass

    "What I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm"

  9. #9
    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Glebe, NSW
    Posts
    3,891
    YAY SANDING! Said no one, ever.
    FrankenLab, where common sense luthiery goes to die.

  10. #10
    GAStronomist wazkelly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Caloundra West, Sunshine Coast Qld
    Posts
    5,977
    Damn good idea to help with smoothing off the high & low points.

    Sent from my SM-A520F using Tapatalk
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •