Autumncaster Padauk Strat

u9

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Took a while to get this one finished but it's finally there :toothy10:

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2pc padauk body from showcase, finished with MinWax Wipe-on Satin Poly (4 coats, steel-wooled between each)
Raw Indian rosewood/ebony neck from showcase, standard thin contour, 6115 SS frets, Graphtec nut, MOP inlays
Gotoh tuners and bridge
Duncan Demon/Cool Rails
volume/blend pots, multi-pup coil-split switch
Q-parts tortoise shell dome knobs (tortoise shell matches the body color very well! I'm going to get/make cover plates with it sometime)

How it sounds... phenomenal... and bright! I can't believe this thing is actually brighter than my all-maple/ebony guitar (same pups too). But it also has warmth, tight low-end response, and the complex tone I've come to love with warmoth guitars.

How it plays... like an old shoe and feels very organic. very balanced with and w/o a strap. neck is super smooth and fast. feels slinkier than my other warmoth, with same guage strings and tuning, will put on a heavier set next time.

total cost w/shipping: $1080
 

DocNrock

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Very cool.  The rosewood goes killer with the padouk.  Great pickup choices, as well.
 

nathan a

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Yes! That shot of the back of the neck and body together is breathtaking. Beautiful wood choices.
 

thumb55

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I guess you went away from the fixed bridge thought you had when you bought that body.

Looks great by the way.
 

LeeSkelly

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I've been lurking for a while. Thought I'd go real traditional with solid finishes. Now, I see THIS and so many other beautiful builds.. man, I'm sold on padouk! nicely done.
 

Davidh

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Wow, looks very nice and expensive. I wouldn't know what kind of music to play with this guitar...
 

thumb55

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how about a bargan, show me a production guitar with those kind of woods for $1080.  If it had PRS on it the price would be $4000.
 

u9

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thx everyone for your wonderful comments :)

Thumb: I still wanted that fixed bridge but nobody carries it anymore (that I could find). tried to contact Custom Shop Parts directly but their mailbox is always full. Still keeping me eye out for one though, got the trem blocked for now.
 

thumb55

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When I saw your post today it got me looking around for it too. No luck for me either. I think Musicians Friend was even carrying them for a while.   

If I ever see one I'll let you know.
 

m4rk0

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Fantastic! I love the wood combination!

agree with Thumb! can't get nothing close to this for the same money from MacGuitarcenter
 

u9

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MacGuitarcenter... LOL

thumb, yep MF discontinued it just before I was planning to buy. thx for keeping your eye out! you looking for one for yourself also? I'll reciprocate the favor if you are :)
 

thumb55

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My current build has another Wilkinson/LSR set up.  My next will be a mahogany string through TOM since that is an option now.

Currenty working on the reverse of your orange/amber -w- ebony board strat.

Trans Blue -w- an all birdseye neck. (yeah I know I've been talking about this for a while)

anyway pic's soon.

 

u9

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well it took me just about as long to get this one done so I don't have room to talk, LOL. I actually just wish it'd taken a little longer to build once I had the parts... was done in a day, rather anti-climactic after several months of waiting (come to think of it, I think that is key to the addiction!). looking forward to the pics :D
 
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