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sonda01's picture
cal
Mar 2007
4 years ago

i just acquired the ugliest, beat up strat body.

before i do anything to it, i want to make it a hardtail.
i want to glue in pieces of wood that would fill in the routed tremolo cavity. then screw in the hardtail bridge.
is this structurally safe?

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cubby's picture
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Jan 2003
1 year ago

It would be much easier just to block a tremolo.

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Nov 2005
5 years ago

Originally posted by cubby
It would be much easier just to block a tremolo.

+1

Filling the cavity and putting on a new bridge seems like a lot of unnecessary work.

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Amaranth's picture
Edmonton AB, Canada
Jun 2006
7 years ago

I just put two extra springs in mine which basically locked the bridge down to the body. It seemed to work pretty good for me, I don't know if this was the best way getting the same effect but thats what I did.

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Johnny_the_Boy's picture
Calgary, Alberta
Jun 2007
7 years ago

If you're using thinner gauge strings (11 or lower), you should be able to just do it by tightening the springs.

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greasy's picture
Ottawa
Feb 2006
5 years ago

A strat with a blocked trem is not a hardtail;)

Since you're adding body, I don't think you'll have any problems. Getting it to stay there is the hard part. Strip all the paint of the surfaces you'll be gluing to, so it will stick better. The fewer different pieces you use to fill the cavities the better as well.

You'll need to ground the bridge somewhere else, If you shield the pickup cavity you can ground it there :).

cubby's picture
Over there...
Jan 2003
1 year ago

Originally posted by greasy
A strat with a blocked trem is not a hardtail;)

duh :rolleyes:

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Dec 2004
1 year ago

Originally posted by sonda01
i just acquired the ugliest, beat up strat body.

before i do anything to it, i want to make it a hardtail.
i want to glue in pieces of wood that would fill in the routed tremolo cavity. then screw in the hardtail bridge.
is this structurally safe?

This is a total waste of time and effort. It is nearly impossible to get right even for a pro and you will not like the results. Block it or get another body IMO. Seriously.

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clnh5's picture
Bay Area, CA
Oct 2003
6 years ago

When i had my strats, i'd just tighten the springs down pretty damn far, enough so that the bridge was firmly against the body and had no chance of moving....psuedo-hardtail.

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Pennsylvania USA
Sep 2003
4 years ago

We have had threads like this before.

And every time,

I tell them to buy this:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Custom-Shop-Parts-Hot-Rod-Drop-Top-Convertible-Bridge?sku=361537

There are other kinds. Some cheaper.

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jm417's picture
Peoria, IL
Jan 2008
4 years ago

I agree with greasy in that a blocked trem is not equal to a hardtail. I have done it before. Converted an old kramer body with a Floyd into a strings-through hardtail. here's the tutorial.

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/tht1.htm

The hardest part of the process is making sure that you position the bridge correctly. If you don't then the guitar won't sound good at all.

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