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Routing Template for '57 Strat

Routing Template for '57 Strat

Full Template Set

Full Template Set

Item # 2394
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Your Price $156.94

Routing Template for '57 Strat Body Set

Body Set

Item # 2392
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Routing Template for '57 Strat Neck


Item # 2393
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Routing Template for '57 Strat H/S/H Pickup Template

H/S/H Pickup Template

Item # 2383
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Routing Template for '57 Strat Universal Pickup Template

Universal Pickup Template

Item # 2384
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Routing Template for '57 Strat

About This Item

Build a 1957 Strat
With measurements taken directly from an original vintage guitar, these templates make it easy to build your own version of the instrument that changed music forever.

We love working on vintage instruments! We've been meticulously measuring every inch, curve, and detail to bring you these incredibly accurate routing templates. When we got our hands on a beautiful 1957 Stratocaster we knew we had to share it with the world.

Built to vintage specs
We sweat all the details—from the size and shape of the routs, to the bridge placement, to the wiring channels, it's all there!

Get the options you want
While the body template includes the router guides for the traditional three single-coil pickups, you can build your Strat to fit your style. We also made companion templates for humbucker/single-coil/humbucker (H/S/H) and universal or "swimming pool" routing options.

2394 Full Template Set
Includes body (set of 2) and neck templates

2392 Body Set
Includes two full sized templates with body shape, neck pocket, control cavities, wiring channel, traditional three single-coil pickup cavities, jack, and bridge location

2393 Neck
Includes full sized neck template with headstock, fretboard locating pins, and nut location

2383 H/S/H Pickup Template
Includes template for humbucker/single-coil-humbucker pickup configuration

2384 Universal Pickup Template
Includes template for universal or "swimming pool" rout for unlimited pickup options

  • Clear acrylic
  • Laser etched centerlines
  • Accurate locations for routing pickups, neck pocket, spring cavity, control cavities, hardware, nut location, and more
  • 1/4" thick—no need to shim when routing

Don't forget the bits!
We also have the specialty bits you'll need when using these templates. These are the bits we recommend:

2492 1/2" diameter x 5/8" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
2493 1/2" diameter x 1" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
2494 3/4" diameter x 2" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
2499 3/4" diameter x 1-1/4" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
0583 3/8" diameter x 1/2" Ball Bearing Router Bit
0693 1/2" diameter x 1/2" Ball Bearing Router Bit
4848 1/4" Aircraft Extension Drill bit
2476 3/16" radius Round-over Router Bit
2475 1/8" radius Round-over Router Bit
2497 7/8" diameter Forstner Bit for Output Jacks
Fisch Brad Point Drill Bits (0097 or 0098 depending on your hardware choices)

Get precision cuts every time
We recommend using Double-stick Tape to keep the templates in place. Align the body template's centerlines with those drawn on your wood and tape in place. The Bosch Colt Router and Router Bits make it easy to get clean and precise cuts.

Templates thickness: 1/4" (6.35mm)

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How (and why) to use templates to rout control cavities

If you sometimes think of making a custom electric guitar, Erick Coleman has tips to make one part of the process a lot easier. Here's how to rout the neck pocket and control cavities so they look as good as a factory build.

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Easy to use and sturdy


Verified Buyer

I made the mistake of buying cheap first and paid the price, the MDF was soft and caused the template and body of the guitar to be ruined. The acrylic template from stewmac was perfect. I now have a gorgeous Black Limba body waiting to be attached to the neck. The placement of the cut outs are accurate to the thousandth of an inch


Great templates.


Verified Buyer

Worked like a charm for a novice at guitar making. Had heavily figured curly maple for the top of the guitar body that I didn't want covered by a pickguard so had to rout from the back side of the body. Guitar turned out great!


Killer product.


Verified Buyer

Killer product for a killer price.


Neck template


Verified Buyer

I love this template.Accuracy is of course not an issue,Stew Mac is always on the money.It is definitely a well built unit and will last a long ,long time.

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