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  • My July batch, Part 4: Iron Maiden tribute Strat

    I've been wanting to make this tribute Strat for years now. Some basic specs:

    *Roasted ash body
    *Roasted flamed maple neck, angled headstock, bone nut
    *Olivewood fretboard, 22 frets, custom inlay, 25.5'' scale, 10"-14" compound radius
    *Custom pickups by AxesRus (YES THEY DO DOUBLE CREAM!)
    *Custom wiring
    *Original Floyd Rose, German made
    *Sperzel tuners
    *Thin skin nitro finish



















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  • #2
    I like how you've done the headstock overlay butting up to the fretboard.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    • #3
      Oh man, this is great!
      Oh no.....


      Oh Yeah!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GuitarDoc View Post
        I like how you've done the headstock overlay butting up to the fretboard.
        Thanks. That was a combination of a happy little accident and a lot of work to get that right. I wanted a bone nut for now but the option of giving this axe a locking nut in due time.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by orpheo View Post

          Thanks. That was a combination of a happy little accident and a lot of work to get that right.
          Yeah. If you've never tried that, you don't appreciate just how much work it really is to make it right. Nice job!

          Originally Posted by IanBallard
          Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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          • #6
            The fretboard looks incredible on this one!
            Soundcloud

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            • #7
              That rocks. Love it.

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              • #8
                Murray would be proud!
                Guitars:Gibson LP Trad ('57 Classics), PRS SE CU 24 Flametop (TB5/PGn), Ibanez RG870RWZ (PATB set), Jackson DK2M1H (TB4) & DK2 (TB10/VRn/CRn), LTD MH-1000HS (TB-15/Lil59n), ST213A (HRb/STK-S4 m&n) & TE212 (Hot Stack/A2Pn), Dean Cadillac 1980 (59 set) & Old Skull V (TB6/JazzN), Squier VM JM (SJM-1 set);Effects:Korg Pitchblack Poly, Digitech Drop, MXR CAE MC404 & EHX Wailer wahs, L6 HX FX & Stomp, Fender FVP-1, EHX Volume Pedal; Amp & Cab:H&K GM 40 Dlx, L6 DT25 cab;

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                • #9
                  Beautiful guitar. How are those pickups? I personally would have gone for the Super Distortion in the bridge, however I don't know anything about those?
                  Fender Guitars ~ Marshall Amps ~ Seymour Duncan Pickups

                  Match Made in Heaven

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                  • #10
                    These pickups are absolutely bonkers. The neck is a paf clone, sounds great. Fat yet a slight midscoop so solos jump out a bit more.

                    I opted to not go with a superdistortion, only the look, because I dont like that pickup. Too fizzy and fat. This pickup is just as hot, but a bit more fluid for leads. It's in essence, a blend between the jb and superdistortion.

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                    • #11
                      clever neck heal, full access +1 for this, i hate classic start neck joints.

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                      • #12
                        I don't know why I've never considered olivewood for any of my builds. I've always loved the color and grain pattern. I am now officially inspired.
                        Originally Posted by IanBallard
                        Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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                        • #13
                          Is olivewood the tree where olives come from, or is it something else?
                          Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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                          • #14
                            Olivewood is really wood from an olive tree. Olive ash is real ash but with a wilder color.

                            Olivewood feels like rosewood when fretting. I use now Jescar fret wire and that's by far the best I've used. Ever. Makes fretting a breeze and leveling afterwards is a dream. Only once in a while, I would prefer something else, for example when the fret slot is like the Grand Canyon. But with fresh slots... jescar.

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                            • #15
                              What can I say? Suweeet. Love those little inlays too.

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