- Scaled the sketch to be 1:1 (i.e. actual size) to match the real guitar body. I did this in Adobe Illustrator. I found an old engineering drawing for the original Strat body on the web and it had overall length & height information for the body. So all I had to do was scale up the sketch until it matched those dimensions.
- Printed out 1:1 paper of the design - the actual body is about 18" x 12.75" so I didn't have access to paper that large. I could have gone to Kinko's and printed it, but instead I just printed it on two pieces of paper (11" x 17" each) oriented vertically, and then taped them together. This gave me a 1:1 sized copy of the design.
- Next I bought some 9"x13" sheets of carbon paper ($2.99 @ Hobby Lobby) and taped them to the guitar. I used 2 sheets. Once those were taped on, I cut out the 1:1 paper copy and taped it on top of the carbon paper:
|Started adding graphite paper|
|1:1 paper copy taped on top of graphite paper on top of body|
- The next step was to simply trace the design and the graphite paper copied it onto the wood body. This worked great.
|Concept transfered to body using graphite paper (and tracing the design)|
- Finally, I assembled the input jack plate, pickups & pick-guard, and the bridge. I was worried that the sketch was overlapping some of these hardware items, so I wanted to check them to make sure they weren't overlapping before I start carving the wood. Cause that would suck...turns out it did overlap in a few places (whew...good thing I checked) so I just erased the problem areas and re-drew them so they don't interfere. Here is the result:
|Design copied to body with hardware installed|