Hi, I can't believe that I posted about this project back in 2019, and it's still not finished. It's been twenty years or so since I started this build. I could not work out the wiring for the active pickup set I had, so I replaced them with regular Strat pickups and wiring.

It's a bit of a Frankenstein-type of build, a mix of everything: black and white, chrome and gold, Fender and Gibson style pickguards, with a pine neck and body.

A few minor jobs and it's done. I don't like the pine as it marks too easily.

Views: 126

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion


SRV had a pine body strat too, Bill Kirchen played an all Pine Tele on “hot rod Lincoln”,  back in the days of dial-up internet there were Pine Strat & Tele groups, too bad the old Tripod server doesn’t exist anymore, all of the 1st online diy forums were created there? That’s way kool, Taff!! 

Hi, thanks for that info BrianQ, I had no idea. Twenty-odd years ago a guy I knew had ideas about a guitar he wanted me to build, but before going ahead I did a mock-up of the smaller body strat he wanted, I had been bitten before so before using expensive timber I did this. Glad I did as the deal fell through. Waste not want not, as the saying goes.

Here's a photo for comparison, it's 30mm narrower across the lower bout.

Yea, I saw that, reminds of late 60’s- 70’s Japanese strats like Aria pro & Guyatone? 


That is super cool, I love the sound of Pine. Nice and resonant. Great looking build!

Great job Taff! I like the pickguards. Some Pine does scratch & dent easy, hard clear poly is best for soft wood. Some Pine can be hard and heavy too.
Which is why so many cheaper brand guitars have a thick layer of poly, soft wood. Soft woods can have great tone, but the dents and scratches can be a hassle.

I like it Taff.  The mix of colors works for it.

Hi, thanks for the comments guys. The pine guitar is 2grams heavier at 2.8kg than the black squire which also has a sustain block and tremolo fitted at 2.6 kg. But a fair bit lighter than my 1984 JV series Squire '57 re-issue at 3.1kg.

There you go a bit of useless info.

I wouldn't mind the easy dent issue if it was for me, But I can't hang on to all my builds... Can I?


Depends on how much space you have. Hahahaha


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

Started by Habanera Hal in Feature Articles. Last reply by Mark Miller Nov 17. 27 Replies

Your take on this bizarre guitar

Started by Infirmity Citrus President in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Vladimir Mazic Nov 16. 11 Replies

Build this Wooden Kick Drum Pedal

Started by Rose Ericson in Feature Articles. Last reply by Murray Wall Nov 12. 34 Replies

Latest Activity

Bernie Edwards liked Randy S. Bretz's photo
1 hour ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Fantacone Box Works's photo


"Sharp looking builds. Nicely paired."
4 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on A.D.EKER's photo

Hubcap Build BCB

"Very automotive A.D.! I like it. Great job of integrating the bridge into the hubcap."
4 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on T-Gripped's photo

Tuna Can Reso Hobo Fiddle

"Very cool T-Gripped! Nice vintage box. Which nylon strings are you using and how is it tuned?"
4 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on T-Gripped's photo
4 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Taffy Evans's video

Results of a Banjo to Mandolin Conversion

"Nice banjolin Taffy! Got both of those vibes ringing at the same time, cool!"
4 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Pavel Danilov's video

სულიკო / Сулико / Sulico

"Nice duet Pavel! Keep them coming."
4 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Doug Thorsvik's photo

3-String CBGs for a Customer

"Thanks for chiming in Uncle John and T-Gripped! The vibe of vintage boxes is hard to beat. I still…"
4 hours ago
Dar Stellabotta posted a video

Wild Dog Dingo Stomp Box!

Thanks to Wild Dog Stomp for hooking me up with this Dingo stomp box!https://www.wilddogstomp.comThis video is a story on how I found out about the stomp box...
6 hours ago
Dar Stellabotta commented on Dar Stellabotta's video

"Rock Bottom"

"Thank you so much guys!"
6 hours ago
Uncle John commented on A.D.EKER's photo

BCB Hubcap Build Poster

"LOL on the last sentence, Andries - our friend AGP has may have the worlds biggest collections and…"
6 hours ago
Carl Floyd liked Taffy Evans's discussion Banjo Mandolin [skin] to mandolin [wood] top conversion
6 hours ago


© 2022   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->