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Shaped Bodies for Strat

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Shaped Bodies for Strat Alder


Item # 11430
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Shaped Bodies for Strat Swamp Ash

Swamp Ash

Item # 11431
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Shaped Bodies for Strat

About This Item

The most consistent, top quality Strat® replacement body on the market today. After years of feedback from builders, we've revamped our bodies to include the best of vintage style with several important tweaks modern builders have asked for.

Make your signature guitar
Let's face it, Strats are probably the most popular and mod-friendly guitars ever built. That's why we've made our bodies ready to go, with high-quality woods and thoughtful features to get you building and playing in no time. Even if you don't have a shop full of tools, you'll make a great guitar on your first try with one of our bodies. They're easy to customize and let you build your guitar, your way.

Also, there's no logo hiding in the guitar cavities. After putting your imagination and soul into building an instrument, shouldn't it be your name on it, not ours? We want you to take the credit, that's why we've left the bodies unmarked.

If you want vintage or modern curves, these bodies are just what you're looking for. While it looks and plays perfectly out of the box, we've left the body slightly oversized in key spots so you can dial it in to vintage or modern specs if you so choose.

You can use the hardware you love. We've routed for a standard tremolo cavity, but left the screw/stud locations undrilled so that you can install the bridge you want from vintage 6 screw to more modern models. The bodies are routed for three single coils, but you can modify them to fit any pickups you want. When you want to modify the body, we're here to help. We have routing templates for a variety of tremolos and pickups to do the job right.

    The specs you need
  • Top quality Swamp Ash or Alder body wood
  • Pre-routed for three Strat-style single coils
  • Drilled and routed for output jack and control cavity
  • Tremolo cavity routed
  • Bridge stud and screw locations undrilled
  • Neck pocket cleanly routed with mounting holes started
  • Neck pocket dimensions: 3" long x 2-3/16" wide x 5/8" deep (76.20mm x 55.56mm x 15.88mm)
  • All wiring channels routed
  • No logo on the body—it's your build!
  • Ready to final shape, sand, and finish

Great for your next project. We've made it easy from start to finish.
Need a neck too? We've got you covered. We have ready to go, licensed, finished necks that'll drop right into these bodies with just a few minutes of fine tuning the neck pocket. You'll love how fast you'll be playing your new guitar with these custom parts.

Start your guitar without limitations!

Choice woods for your build:
Swamp Ash: We've hand selected the highest quality, lightweight, and toneful Southern Swamp Ash for our bodies. They have the striking grain patterns that makes vintage Fenders look so stunning. Bodies are three piece, grain matched. Average weight: 4.00 pounds (1.8 kg)

Alder: Fender's main wood from the 1960s, Alder is a big part of what we know as the vintage Strat sound. Alder has handsome subdued grain like the best originals. These bodies are two piece, joined on center. Average weight: 3.50 pounds (1.6 kg)

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Great Body - Vintage Specs


Just bought the Swamp Ash body to fit a 1984-1987 '62 Reissue Japanese Neck and it fit awesome.

Body was extremely smooth and only needed light sanding on a few areas. Exactly what you are looking for in regards to a vintage body with vintage specs. Highly recommend this product.

The shipping was also fast and secure. Will buy again.


Almost a Keeper!


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I purchased the swamp ash body in January to make an early era sounding Partscaster with my niece as a birthday present, but with an ultra-thin neck and modern string spacing for her small hands. She picked it out, I bought it, and when it arrived, it was beautiful.

The body is generous (chubby, actually) as stated in the description, leaving plenty of opportunity to shape it to your own vision or whim. The routing is precise with little tear-out and no burns, and the curves are gentle and smooth no matter the grain orientation. The neck pocket fits the neck snugly and probably wouldn't require any teasing or shaping outside of leaving a little bit of breathing room for the finish.

The body's top looks to have been halved, matched and joined to create a flowing and symmetrical figure much like you would expect from a decorative veneer. The effect is gorgeous, even though the joint line isn't located along the body's centerline.

The deal-breaker for us is that the wood directly above the bridge rout is well under 1" thick and cannot contain the mounting bushings for a Fender dual-pivot floating trem, let alone the pivot screws that extend through the bottom of the bushings. I've considered joining a small piece of wood to the underside of that thin spot to accommodate the bushings, but that would interfere with the tremolo springs. Grinding the bushings and pivot screws down to a manageable length wouldn't work, either, because the shallower mount would provide less resistance to the forces generated by the strings and trem springs and could result in gradual movement of the mounting studs or even outright failure when the strings are installed and brought up to working tension. Ultimately, it came down to whether we wanted to go with the body or the Fender bridge, and she chose the shiny bridge. The beautiful swamp ash is in the garage, where it will make a fine (if expensive) test bed.

I don't mean to end this review on a down note. This is the first time I've ever been disappointed with a StewMac purchase. This seems to be a new item, and I expect it will be a hot one. It just didn't work out for us.

Response from StewMac

Hello David
We are very sorry hear that our Golden Age Body for Strat was not right for your project. We truly appreciate your review and feedback regarding this product. I have passed this on to our technical and R&D departments. Customer comments like yours have been the catalyst to many changes to our products. Please know that we have a generous retrun policy. If you are not satified, please return it for a refund or exchange. Once again, we are vey sorry for this inconvenience and thank you for your honest review.

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