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Tom Delonge Stratocaster Replica ( Cheshire Cat-Dude Ranch era)

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It's really not a deluxe plus model.

Although some deluxe models came with the 2 point standard tremolo bridge, some models came with this locking bridge which is different than what Tom used when he got it:

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Also no LSR rollet nut like Q182 said. Tom had a standard bone nut. and no 2 string trees at the headstock which american standard models came with.

I can't see a reason on earth to change or mess with a bone nut on a new strat back then. not even for an upgrade.

Deluxe series came with either Sperzel or Schaller locking tuners, 

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Tom had none of them on his guitar:

Fretboard is rosewood for sure. It's a dark rosewood actually.

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Ebony is very much black with no sign of brown.

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It's really an american standard stratocaster which got only the saddles changed at around '97.

I even believe that the original pickup setup was another SD hot rails at the bridge that got changed to X2N. no reason why Tom picked black colors for middle and neck and white for the bridge. but that is just my assume. 

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6 hours ago, Andrew182 said:

The strat must have been quite the big purchase for him i guess, being 19 and all.

tom bought his new gear (as did mark) with the cargo advance money upon signing to record cheshire cat.

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On 8/28/2017 at 2:00 AM, Chesh said:

What do you think of my beauty?

It's an exact specs, american standard strat from '89 (E series).

1.) what did it cost you? 2.) did you buy it in israel or elsewhere?

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@Q182 ok, i've done it!

i've mocked up all the stickers in laserjet black & white prints, and taped it all in place.

everything has been sized to the closest i can tell from the photographs i have. it took many, many revisions on many of them to get the scale right...impossible to do without the actual strat in hand. everything is just paper, so obviously things like pennywise aren't transparent.

there are some small differences that i had to account for, naturally. notably, the angled pickup is not custom cut into the factory pickguard, but is rather the standard position for the replacement pickguard for that position. so it's a bit closer to the middle pickup; on tom's, it's closer to the bridge. so my milo goes to college is cropped a bit tighter than on tom's axe.

the only missing part is what you think says "mint" behind the bridge, underneath the gorilla biscuits circle. i might make it, i might not. haven't decided yet. everything else is there, including the vandals V sticker (over airwalk and big brother) that's obscured by the lagwagon one.

the next step will be to prepare the production art for the cut vinyl stickers, transparently printed stickers, and print / cut vinyl stickers.

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9 hours ago, daveyjones said:

1.) what did it cost you? 2.) did you buy it in israel or elsewhere?

It costed 900$ with a new set of SD (250$ value), got it on ebay from the 1st owner which kept it for 28 years without even touching it... absolutely pristine condition.

Played a little bit with the lightning so it's really white now :)

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I got a pickguard with a slanted humbucker from warmoth but it looks like yours, the cut is too close to the middle pickup.

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So I did some more digging and discovered that there is a fifth airwalk sticker. 

Berkeley Square, 1995:

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If you look closely it sits above the blue blink Ranma sticker. I would also like to believe that the black bar right next to it is the Milo Goes To College title from the album sticker.

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2 hours ago, Q182 said:

So I did some more digging and discovered that there is a fifth airwalk sticker. 

 

Berkeley Square, 1995:

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If you look closely it sits above the blue blink Ranma sticker. I would also like to believe that the black bar right next to it is the Milo Goes To College title from the album sticker.

i'm not replicating stickers that got completely covered by other things (waste of time). the rhythm collision / strung out stickers fully cover both.

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4 minutes ago, daveyjones said:

i'm not replicating stickers that got completely covered by other things (waste of time). the rhythm collision / strung out stickers fully cover both.

Fair enough. It would be a good reference point however if someone wanted the super early version before those stickers. 

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4 minutes ago, Q182 said:

Fair enough. It would be a good reference point however if someone wanted the super early version before those stickers. 

that's true. also, i always thought the banding around the horn was something like electrical tape. but it would appear to have been drawn on. you can see it faded down to just two lines here (summer 97). i'm not sure if i'm going to include it or not; i'd rather not do anything to my strat that would be hard to undo later.

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9 hours ago, Chesh said:

I got a pickguard with a slanted humbucker from warmoth but it looks like yours, the cut is too close to the middle pickup.

that's what tom would have had. you can tell from the photos that a guitar shop clearly cut a larger slot right in position over the original one; that's why the his X2N is so close to the bridge.

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15 minutes ago, daveyjones said:

that's true. also, i always thought the banding around the horn was something like electrical tape. but it would appear to have been drawn on. you can see it faded down to just two lines here (summer 97). i'm not sure if i'm going to include it or not; i'd rather not do anything to my strat that would be hard to undo later.

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True. When I do mine it'll be tape with just the two stripes. It also looks like the RC sticker suffered some battle scars as well.

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11 hours ago, Q182 said:

how did you figure out the Guttermouth sticker on the back? We couldn't find a viable source previously.

 

@BlinkUnoDosTres posted about it on august 27. i then found a decent size jpg of that EP cover and redrew it as vector in illustrator.

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On 9/4/2017 at 9:28 PM, Gozee said:

I'm sure it was ansered but, what ever happen to this guitar? Did he gift/sell it?

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The stars weren't drawn on. They are literally engraved into the body. There are third generation blink stickers by the bridge and on the pickguard.

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here's some more info on the stripes on the horn:

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February 1995                                         June 1995                                                July 1995                                                January 1996

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October 1996                                          June 1997                                                 July 1997                                               August 1997

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