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
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
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!
2492 1/2" diameter x 5/8" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
We also have the specialty bits you'll need when using these templates. These are the bits we recommend:
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)
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