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logicbdj 07-01-2012 09:28 AM

Decadent Custom Guitar
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I'm having Casper Guitar Technologies craft a new guitar. The shaped will be a slightly modified Vai Jem. The outer edges will be a dark French roast brown (almost black), possibly in alligator or leather look paint. The inside (within the edging) will be a dark metalic brown. The neck also will be stained dark to match the dark edges of the body. Pictures will follow as it develops. For now, here are photos of the scratch plate, the vine inlay and proposed headstock shape.

logicbdj 07-01-2012 09:34 AM

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vine inlay:

logicbdj 07-01-2012 09:35 AM

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logicbdj 07-01-2012 09:36 AM

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Headstock pins (silver) from Argentariis:

Wisthekiller 07-01-2012 09:58 AM

Continue... I am interested in this...

R_Gallagher_Fan 07-01-2012 10:18 AM

Man you have way too much money to spend! You're the guy who got the Hendrix guitar, right?

logicbdj 07-01-2012 10:42 AM

Ya, that's me, lol. This likely will be the last project (unless I want an acoustic). The first Casper guitar I had made offers a particular attack, tone, etc... modern sounding in many ways. The Hendrix model is at the other end of the spectrum (e.g., classic vs. modern). I'm now going for something between, but with this one I'm going all out on the ornamentation. I suspect Evolution pickups will be part of this model, with the centre pickup still undecided.

logicbdj 07-01-2012 10:46 AM

By the way... I can get this built and customized to the hilt (actual silver hardware) for the same price as a Les Paul (which can run $2500 or more). Finding a luthier with skills who is not super well known or popular (e.g., Stephen Casper) certainly helps. You have custom guitars by Suhr, etc., that do not sound any better... do not play any better... do not look any better... but can cost at least double to triple of what I'm getting my guitars made for. My luthier has a different job to make money and has been doing this for 25 years as a serious hobby. Because he's not well known (yet), there is no high demand from him, and all that factors into the pricing.

logicbdj 07-02-2012 08:35 AM

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I've been a fan of Timber Tones for some time... quality wood picks, and a company that has been extending into shell and bone material. They've gone that extra step recently with their Treasure Tones (silver, gold and platinum picks). To match the silver hardware of the guitar, I'm going to get the solid silver Treasure Tone:

logicbdj 07-04-2012 06:12 PM

Will be using Gotoh tuners... a 1:21 gear ratio: a world first... the SG510 series.

R_Gallagher_Fan 07-05-2012 10:21 AM

What does that 1:21 gear ratio mean?

logicbdj 07-05-2012 10:53 AM

It's the turning of the gears... for one turn of the knob/key/peg, the innards (gear) turns 1.21 times. Greater turning inside, means less turning of the peg when tuning, adding new strings, etc.

R_Gallagher_Fan 07-05-2012 01:17 PM

So does this make it easier to tune and make it less likely to go out of tune?

W4RP1G 07-05-2012 01:28 PM

I think you mean 21:1 ratio. 21 knob rotations for 1 post rotation.

That would make fine tuning easier, though I think the standard 18:1 grovers are pretty damn easy to tune. Still I prefer Gotoh and more options, so that's pretty cool.

R_Gallagher_Fan 07-05-2012 01:43 PM

Wait, why are you buying solid silver picks? Just use an old coin.

logicbdj 07-05-2012 02:12 PM

The ratio is 1:21, as per the website. My understanding is that a full turn creates a 2.1 internal rotation. I'm not sure I would want to crank something 21 times just to have the post turn one revolution!

I prefer the taper and angle of his picks, as opposed to a coin.

R_Gallagher_Fan 07-05-2012 02:18 PM

You can angle any pick anyway you want and the taper is the shape of a cone, e.g. conical, so I don't see what you mean there. I'm guessing you just like the sound.

logicbdj 07-05-2012 02:22 PM

I'm talking about comparing his picks to a coin.

W4RP1G 07-05-2012 02:28 PM

Originally Posted by logicbdj
The ratio is 1:21, as per the website. My understanding is that a full turn creates a 2.1 internal rotation. I'm not sure I would want to crank something 21 times just to have the post turn one revolution!

I'm not sure why, but Gotoh writes it opposite of everyone else. Maybe it's a Japanese thing.

Either way, the tuners are a 21:1 ratio with is only 3 more turns than Grovers or 5 more than the regular Gotohs. And yes, you will be turning the key 21 times for 1 rotations. It might sound like a lot, but it's really not. Try tuning a banjo with 4:1 tuners. That really sucks. Or even worse, a violin which is just 1.

cemges 07-05-2012 03:18 PM

I highly recommend evolution pickups but they are not for everyone. Evolution bridge pickup has too much mids and treble and less bass from you'd expect for a high gain pickup. İt is sounding different, but not really open sounding. You can go for evo2 instead for a better clean sound and more headroom, but it has even more mids. Single pickup for middle can be a Dimarzio cruiset or protrack , as you won't want to sacrifice your sustain.

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