I bought a used Strat copy body and neck that I found in a pawn shop. It was to become another Star Wars guitar.
Strats can be beautiful, but the design (though ergonomic) can be a little boring. I love seeing Strats with custom paint jobs, exotic wood, custom pickguard appointments, even just abuse and damage. So, I took this knock-off and got to work.
I hand carved / hand painted all of the features on this guitar. To the best of my knowledge, this guitar has a solid basswood body with a veneer of something denser on the top and bottom. This is actually a great idea- basswood has become a popular tonewood, but it is soft; the denser wood helps protect it. The neck was strange; it appears to be some relative of mahogany. The fingerboard is rosewood.
Here are the specs for the guitar:
*Locking Fender tuners
*String Saver Saddles
*active EMG SA pickups ($200+ on eBay)- These are so cool and easy to install! Great clean sound.
*Basswood carved additions
*blocked tremelo for increased sustain (as seen on Clapton's guitars)
*braided Wookie scalps to hang off strap pin
* Behlen stringed instrument lacquer finish
*Gold Mother of Pearl inlays
Hear and see the guitar in action here!