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Katana Project

Post by Adey on Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:00 am

Just picked this up for a bit of  project





No pickup or bridge. I was thinking of adding a neck pickup, maybe Entwistle Dark Star. Plenty of room in the control cavity for some extra pots / switches. What do you people think?

Next come the bridge... There isn't one with the guitar at the moment

I don't really know what I want to do with this - replace for original fender type trem? Go for a Floyd? Maybe a Kahler of some sort. Or maybe just fill in all the routered out bits and go hard tail. Anyome got any ideas?

I've got a couple of trem guitars, but have never really felt the urge to learn to use them I'm afraid. Does any manufacturer do a trem that can be easily "locked" without blocking out inside (other than Kahler)?

It's also got the remnants of a locking nut. Anyone know what it is? The clamps and bolts are all missing.



I have some ideas on colours, but will wait until I have everything else sorted until I finally decide...

So this should keep me busy for a while....

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Re: Katana Project

Post by PaulS on Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:47 am

Very nice.  Can't advise re your ponderings as I am a bass player.  

I have the bass version, which is totally fantastic.  Well made early (A series) MIJ at its best - sounds like a woody old precision but with a mad body shape and 32" scale length - weighs 7lbs, too.

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Re: Katana Project

Post by Adey on Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:01 pm

Nice bass! Another man with obvious good taste.

Found out about the nut. It is a "fender fine-tuning nut". It should have a set of locking pieces underneath and a set of fine tuner knurled screws. Like on a floyd etc, but these put a bit more tension into the string from the headstock end. I guess this then works with the trad fender trem at the other end...

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Re: Katana Project

Post by corsair on Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:31 pm

Cool project!! That stringlock looks a little.... odd, eh! If you wanted a Bendmaster bridge for it you can have one of my spares......

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Re: Katana Project

Post by Sollophonic on Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:17 pm

Try and source some parts as near to the original as possible, IMO. Katanas, both Squier and Fender, are quite rare and fetch reasonable prices.

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Re: Katana Project

Post by corsair on Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:34 pm

Very true; they never grabbed the publics imagination as much as Fender would have liked and you certainly don't see many for sale, at least online!
I wonder if the OEM bridge is still available??

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Re: Katana Project

Post by Adey on Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:24 am

I have seen that the locking nuts do occasionally come up for sale. Here's what it should look like.


Thanks for offer of the Bendmaster Corsair. Before I route it all out though, I will have to have a good hard think about it still - as they are quite rare. I think they were only made for a year or so...

I'm still pretty keen on adding the second pickup though. Anyone got any thoughts?

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Post by corsair on Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:02 am

That's the Squier, isn't it? I think the Fender ones were 2 pickup models and the single jobs Squier....?? Quite uncommon guitars so I'd be keeping it simple, Ade, and not routing anything!!.... and have a listen to some of the Bareknuckle pickups - they are just epic!!

I quite fancy one of these now.... off to peruse eBay and Craigslist.... Laughing

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Re: Katana Project

Post by Adey on Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:43 am

Yes, it seems most of Squiers were single pick ups, so I guess that means some had two....
I think that I'll probably leave the trem as the 6 screw fender type, but still tempted to add the extra pick up.

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Re: Katana Project

Post by corsair on Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:44 am

Plenty of very good trad-style bridges out there, too; I've used the Wilkinson 5+1 before now with very pleasing results!

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Re: Katana Project

Post by Adey on Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:27 pm

Coming along...

Filling and priming


Base coat going on


Mid coat metallic and lacquered with a couple of bits laid in to see how it looks




I'm hoping to get it finished over the next couple of weekends. It needs polishing, but, I have to say, it looks pretty damn good to me already.

Pick up is a Duncan Invader. I thought the colour and output rather suited it....

Twisted Evil

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Re: Katana Project

Post by corsair on Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:19 pm

I don't think it's bright enough. Could you perhaps find a brighter shade of orange? Laughing

Not totally unattractive at all; black hardware would look the bomb! Have you found a stringlock?

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Re: Katana Project

Post by Barry on Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:40 pm

Nobody would ever mistake that for a Gretsch.  Roll on Floor Laff

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Re: Katana Project

Post by Adey on Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:02 am

I like the idea of the black hardware. Only got a chrome bridge at the moment but will look for a black one.

No luck on the "Fender Fine Tuning Nut" yet. Coincidentally, a new looking one was sold on Fleabay for about £20 the week I bought the guitar. They are about, so I'll keep looking.

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