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Old 12-21-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Metal plating? Good idea?

Hey guys! Okay i'm getting an Ibanez S470 for Christmas, and later on in the year i'm going to completely customize my cheap Explorer copy.

I'm thinking of putting a metal plate on the front of it, like Dime's guitar, except his is Metal coated i think. I'm just putting a metal plate on the front, like a giant scratchplate that covers the whole front face.

Is this a good idea? I'm thinking of doing quite a few things to my guitar that might be risky, this isn't really risky but just wondering.

Thanks!
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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Kramer made an Explorer shaped guitar called the "Imperial". One of the (Special) models the whole face of the guitar has a metal plate. It sounds like it's exactly like what your talking about wanting to do to yours. So I would say it is totally possible. Just make sure you round the top edges nice and smooth for you don't have to worry about cutting yourself up if you rub on the edges of the metal plate.

A pic I snagged off the net of one. Actually happens to belong to a UG forum member.

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Old 12-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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Ahh brilliant, that's exactly what i'm wanting to do Thanks!
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:49 PM   #4
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Keep in mind you will have to recess the bushings on the bridge, or else it wont go low enough and your action will be terrible.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:38 PM   #5
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Kramer made an Explorer shaped guitar called the "Imperial". One of the (Special) models the whole face of the guitar has a metal plate. It sounds like it's exactly like what your talking about wanting to do to yours. So I would say it is totally possible. Just make sure you round the top edges nice and smooth for you don't have to worry about cutting yourself up if you rub on the edges of the metal plate.

A pic I snagged off the net of one. Actually happens to belong to a UG forum member.


I own one of those guitars myself but have never seen another around do you know how many are floating around yourself?
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #6
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I own one of those guitars myself but have never seen another around do you know how many are floating around yourself?

There are 1000's of them
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:11 PM   #7
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The trouble you're going to run into with your S470 is that it's an arched top, so you'll have to form the metal cover to the shape of the top -- that won't be easy if you're not familiar with metal working.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:03 PM   #8
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The trouble you're going to run into with your S470 is that it's an arched top, so you'll have to form the metal cover to the shape of the top -- that won't be easy if you're not familiar with metal working.

You should probably read more than the first sentence.

He's doing it to a Explorer knock off which shouldn't be hard to do with the proper tools.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:39 AM   #9
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Just be careful what metal you use/how thick it is, lumping a thick slab of steel on the front of the guitar will make it heavy as hell. Should fix the persistent cheap-explorer-neckdive though.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:09 AM   #10
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Look for a sheet of 1/16" aluminum and polish it. You will need some shears to cut it (electric shears/metal snips)
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:13 AM   #11
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Or acrylic?
http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/AT...ALUM0-032X24X48

Or even adhesive film?
http://www.xoxide.com/diamondplate-...-filmsheet.html

Although given the OP was 6 months ago he may have done it by now.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:00 PM   #12
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You should probably read more than the first sentence.

He's doing it to a Explorer knock off which shouldn't be hard to do with the proper tools.
Whoops, I read it as since he's getting the Explorer, he's free to customize his Ibanez. I read it, just got it backwards.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #13
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Just thought I should mention, I read an interview that said Dime didn't really like the sound of his metal plated guitar. He would only use it for one or two songs during the shows. Of course his was covered; back, front and sides. I don't remember what interview I was reading though.
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