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Old 06-27-2009, 10:31 PM   #21
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GF has great pups for the price. and black body w/tortoise guard=sex
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #22
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LED in the fret markers are hard to do. i did one with a friend one time but they look sick! you would have to remove the truss rod and stuff

there is a website (i forgot it though) that has all the details

Ive been reading that there is a chance that the fretboard warps/cracks/breaks so I'm kinda leaning away from it, especially cause I'd be pissed if it cracked after all the scalloping I'm doing, but Im not eliminating it for sure

Is there any chance you could find that website
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Exactly.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:36 PM   #23
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I think you should keep the white covers tho.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:42 PM   #24
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I think you should keep the white covers tho.

Ill try both and see which looks better, already have the white knobs and stuff from before, and the black covers and knobs arent too expensive, it was like $4 from guitar fetish
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:00 PM   #25
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Ive been reading that there is a chance that the fretboard warps/cracks/breaks so I'm kinda leaning away from it, especially cause I'd be pissed if it cracked after all the scalloping I'm doing, but Im not eliminating it for sure

Is there any chance you could find that website

Exactly.


sorry bro i have no idea what the website was...

and i think you should attempt the LED stuff first then scallop it and if you mess up just buy a cheap replacement
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:05 PM   #26
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imho leds are over rated. I say don't risk it.
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:05 PM   #27
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sorry bro i have no idea what the website was...

and i think you should attempt the LED stuff first then scallop it and if you mess up just buy a cheap replacement

I thought about that, but then there'd be LEDs in the fretboard, and I dont think it would be good to scallop them, ya know? They'd crack or break so Im gonna see if its possible to put them in after the scallop so their flush with the board, and if not, do something like this around the whole guitar
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:23 AM   #28
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"Finished" scalloping frets 12-21, I use quotes because the scallops arent completely uniform and some look pretty bad (such as 12-15), but I am going to fix all that at the end with sandpaper so it looks better, but overall I don't think its too bad for my first scallop, although it does need some work.






Actually, fret 12 definitely needs to be scalloped more, and Im gonna scallop frets 1-11 tomorrow

*resizing pictures*
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:32 AM   #29
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wow the inlays are completly gone, i thought they went deeper than that
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wow the inlays are completly gone, i thought they went deeper than that

So did I, and they do on most guitars, but apparently they are extremely shallow on this guitar, which is ok with me because I like the look of no fret markers
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alright, but youll have to do it some more then cuz u can still see a little white and half marker aint very noice
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:47 AM   #32
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alright, but youll have to do it some more then cuz u can still see a little white and half marker aint very noice

Well I dont want to scallop too deep, and the inlays are a bit inconsistent, so what I decided on doing is filling the inlay holes with wood filler, leveling it, and then staining it ebony
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:37 AM   #33
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GF has great pups for the price. and black body w/tortoise guard=sex

Lol I have one of those and have always disliked it, but the guitar plays so darn good I could never get rid of it.

The scalloping doesn't looks so bad, you ought to be able to smooth it out fine.
I don't know much about LEDs in a guitar, but I'd think the easiest way to get the effect would be under a clear pickguard. Putting them in the fret markers would involve removing the fretboard I expect...and that would be much harder to re-glue now that it's scalloped.
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Lol I have one of those and have always disliked it, but the guitar plays so darn good I could never get rid of it.

The scalloping doesn't looks so bad, you ought to be able to smooth it out fine.
I don't know much about LEDs in a guitar, but I'd think the easiest way to get the effect would be under a clear pickguard. Putting them in the fret markers would involve removing the fretboard I expect...and that would be much harder to re-glue now that it's scalloped.

What do you dislike, the GF pups, or the black with tortoiseshell?

Yea I'm not worried about being able to smooth it out, it shouldnt be a problem, but as of now I decided not to do the LEDs in the fretboard as inlays because its not worth the effort or risk, but I will be putting the other places
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Update on the pickguard

I was going to go with tortoiseshell, but I saw these ones at musicians friend and some of the colors are pretty nice, tell me what you think I should go with

Musician's Friend pickguards

Heres the body again for reference




Edit: Saw this, that looks pretty cool also, I think I might go with this
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:13 PM   #37
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I liek teh pruplez.

But purple on black? Tortoise ftw.
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What do you dislike, the GF pups, or the black with tortoiseshell?

Sorry I was unclear, I don't care for the tortoise shell on black. Out of those Musician's Friend ones, I'd go white or grey pearloid.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:59 PM   #39
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Sorry I was unclear, I don't care for the tortoise shell on black. Out of those Musician's Friend ones, I'd go white or grey pearloid.

Haha I'm just the opposite. I didnt like the white or grey, but I do like the tortoise shell, which I think I will go with


Almost done with the scalloping, will put pictures up in the next few days




Been thinking about the LEDs, I'm going to put an LED light strip go around the perimeter of the guitar with an on/on/off switch. One 'on' is where the LEDs are always on and for the other 'on' the LEDs respond to the picking.

For keeping them always on, can I just wire a 9v battery to the LEDs?

For the second one, would it work if I wire like this
pickups-->voltage buffer-->amplifier-->rectifier-->LEDs

Last thing would be how to wire it up to a 3-way switch...
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:12 PM   #40
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Having them respond to the picking is where it gets complicated. jof1029 (iirc) posted a schem of a way to get that to happen, but you'll have to build a circuit.
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