Sunday, 3 January 2016
The Green Phantom Custom Strat
I've always been intrigued by green Strats as they seem so rare.
I Know Fender do Surf green in Strats and Jazzmasters which are quite popular and the famous Sherwood green, but I wanted something a little more vivid, translucent and 'woody' looking (showing a bit of grain).
The body I got from Guitar Build UK who are like the UK Warmoth - 2-piece Alder with classic Fender vintage spec.
The best way to apply the stain is to use a lint free rag (i.e. and old piece of T-shirt) and rubbing with the grain. Wipe excess off and gently sand to bring the grain through.
When I'd achieved the desired level of colour/grain balance, I began applying 8 coats of Tru-Oil. This involved tipping a a few spots of the oil in a small area and gently rubbing it in with a piece of cloth.
I wet sanded the body a couple of times between the last 4 coats with 1200 wet and dry to get a nice smooth, satin finish. The Tru-Oil does a nice job of grain filling on alder if you apply the first 2-3 coats fairly heavily.
I then covered the cavities in screening tape.
I purchased a maple Fender Licensed Mighty Mite neck as I thought this would make a nice contrast for the body. I decided on staining the face of the headstock in the same colour as the body to make the whole thing a little more unique.