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Old 02.13.08, 2:54 PM
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converting standard strat to a hardtail

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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It would be much easier just to block a tremolo.
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It would be much easier just to block a tremolo.
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Filling the cavity and putting on a new bridge seems like a lot of unnecessary work.
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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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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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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 .
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A strat with a blocked trem is not a hardtail
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Re: converting standard strat to a hardtail

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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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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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There are other kinds. Some cheaper.
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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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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.
While i'm impressed with the skill of whoever did that, I still think it's a lot of trouble to go to when it's so easy to sell the routed body and buy a hardtail body on e-bay or from warmoth etc
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I have had both hardtail strats and tremolo models and IMO any tonal difference is marginal if not imaginary. I could make a new body with less time and effort then it would take to fill a cavity.
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I'm glad I found that link, I actually have a Squire II that had ripped out the entire section where the tremolo bolts to, rendering the body useless, but the neck on that guitar is so perfect that I've never been able to bring myself to throw it out or get rid of it. from what i can tell, this may span the cavity enough to completely repair the problem and reclaim that sucker from the back of the closet.
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