As of September, Cuper is finally finished and set up and dialed in.
The hard part was recessing the back plate so that it would sit flush and not catch on your belt buckle. This guitar is actually designed for the back plate to STAY ON. All other Stratocasters in the world have had their backplate removed. People say that removing the backplate improves "tone". Right.
A solid Walnut body, with a walnut neck and Walnut finger board.
The licensed neck has a 12" radius, and is from WD Music, through The STRATosphere.
The Hardware will be all Schaller Vintage Copper, with an aged copper pickguard. I replaced the original plastic neck markers with copper discs.
This will not be a heavy guitar. Contrary to what a lot of people think, Walnut is actually less dense than Ash and even Alder.
The finish is many coats of Tru-Oil, and I'm not done yet, obviously. The bare Walnut was first pore-filled with black compound; it makes the Walnut figure really stand out.
I will be using a brass compensated nut, and a set of rare Fender 1954 Vintage pickups from Fender Custom Shop.
Cuper is for sale. The price is $890, which barely covers my expenses on the build. Let me know if you are interested.
Cuper is a solid Walnut Body with Licensed Walnut neck and Walnut fingerboard with 12" radius and brass compensated nut. Solid copper inlays. The finish is many, many coats of Tru-Oil.
All hardware is Schaller Vintage Copper, including the tuners, bridge/tremolo, strap locks, and knobs. Also many parts custom plated by Schaller just for this guitar, like the backplate, the neck plate, the jackplate, and the roller string trees.
Rare 1954 Fender Custom Shop Vintage pickups, wired Eric Johnson style - no-load tone pots on the neck and bridge.