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RJV 04-29-2007 03:25 AM

Custom Electric with On-Board Effects (WITH PHOTOS, SPECS & DEMO VIDEO !!)
Hi all.

I've just finished a custom build and am very pleased with the results. The guitar is loaded with clever features and effects - it has an onboard Fuzz with RF Antenna (functions like a theremin), a Pitch Shifter, a GK-3 Roland Divided pickup (for MIDI), 10 mode pickup selector and more. The fullbody pickguard, headstock cover and truss rod cover are all chrome plated steel.

I'm real pleased with the look, and the guitar plays and feels fantastic. A very powerful and versatile instrument. And through much trial and error the technology works perfectly.

There are some photos below, but there are also more photos, the specification and three demo videos (9, 6 and 5 minutes) on YouTube .... see the four links below.

Regards, RJV

Custom Guitar Photos and Specs
Demo Video 1 on YouTube
Demo Video 2 on YouTube - Stockholm Syndrome
Improvised Live Solo on YouTube

CoolDudeMorgasm 04-29-2007 03:28 AM

Let me be the first to say... That's awesome.

Edwardthegreat5 04-29-2007 03:32 AM

Wow, look at all those shiny buttons

High_o 04-29-2007 03:37 AM

let me be the first to say, whats the point?

Boogie Man 04-29-2007 03:37 AM

That axe is really awesome

ECistheBest 04-29-2007 03:40 AM

wow... just wow...
u got so much wire inside... how did u fit all that???
that's just crazy. freaking awesome.

Second Rate 04-29-2007 03:43 AM


RJV 04-29-2007 04:07 AM

Whats the point you ask?

Well each one to their own, but there is only so much you can do with your feet.

Just watch and listen to what Matt Bellamy can do with the effects in his guitars and you are sure to see that foot activated effects have plenty of limitations.

Agree, its not everyone's taste, but when you already have a collection of "conventional guitars" and "conventional effects" this guitar opens up a whole new world.

Regards, RJV :)

the_random_hero 04-29-2007 04:15 AM

I'm liking the whole build, even though it's not really my type of guitar. About how much battery life do you get?
What effects did you build into it? I'm thinking it's most likely a Fuzz Factory (everybody seems to want one these days :p: )

bribri543 04-29-2007 04:32 AM

that is sick, amazing job.

RJV 04-29-2007 04:32 AM

The three main effects are a ZVex Fuzz Probe (not Factory), a Boss PS5 Super Shifter and a Roland GK-3 Divided Pickup Kit.

As its only just finished its too early to know about battery life. The Zvex consumes very little current and a battery can last years (honest !!). The PS5 consumes up to 50mA so one needs to watch this. Two 9 volt DC batteries in parallel should be ample power for everything running non stop for, I'm guessing, 20 hours continuous So plenty of power for stage performance, but I added a 9 volt DC input jack for studio use to save the batteries.

One of the enhancements I considered is to install a stereo phono jack in place of the mono jack and use a stereo guitar lead to output the guitar signal and input 9 volts power - although I think this is probably overkill. Will wait and see.

The GK-3 doesnt draw any power from the on-board batteries.

Regards, RJV :)

binjajer 04-29-2007 04:43 AM

Good job. Too many not well enough placed buttons, though. And the upper horn looks... kinky.
I'd resolve this in another way.

Anyway, take this from a luthier: Great mother****ing job.

RJV 04-29-2007 04:52 AM

We actually trialled several layouts of the controls on a mock-up guitar before deciding on the final layout.

The final layout actually works very well, but sure, another player might prefer a very different layout. Afterall, this is a custom job built for just one player, not a proto-type for a high volume production run.

Regards, RJV :)

the_random_hero 04-29-2007 05:11 AM

I'm liking the idea of the power and signal cabling running through a stereo jack - the only problem I could see would be induced noise. Providing you've got a good power supply (which I'm assuming you would have), I think this could be an awesome idea.
*writes it down on his list of things to do*

xifr 04-29-2007 05:33 AM

Hi fellas, it's Conrad here, welcome to the forums :) .

Man those electronics look tight. Reminds me of this image from the Warmoth forums.


mr_tea 04-29-2007 05:50 AM

is it heavy???

RJV 04-29-2007 05:59 AM

No, its not heavy (this was a requirement of the original design criteria).

With batteries fitted, its about 500 grams heavier than a Strat ... which makes it a whole lot lighter than a Les Paul. The body alone was necessarily lightened by all the routing for the electronics.

Regards, RJV :)

winno 04-29-2007 07:08 AM

I see you're a Matt Bellamy fan?
Even he would be impressed, lol

That is the craziest guitar I've ever seen, like the idea for the 9V power supply

RJV 04-29-2007 07:18 AM

Yep. Certainly admire Matt's guitars (and his music) - this was inspired by them.

If he would be impressed, we would be thrilled !!

The 9 volt power supply works really well (the jack is switched, so when the power adaptor is plugged in the batteries are automatically disconnected), but its interesting that the Fuzz performs differently (whether or not its built into a guitar) when powered by batteries versus a power adaptor. We figure that its a slight change in the voltage that makes the difference - not a problem really, just means you need to change the Fuzz settings ever so slightly.

Regards, RJV :)

Nail-bomber 04-29-2007 07:34 AM

wow, that is just sexual, can tell it has a matt-bellamy influence on it :p

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