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Old 05-26-2010, 09:55 PM   #1
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Washburn X10 Makeover! *TEASER PICTURE UP*

Okay so I have a Washburn X10... yes, it's a starter guitar I know and pretty much a POS..but anyway:

I really like the neck and light weight of the body and I'm planning on gutting the electronics in it and replacing everything, along with repainting it.
Currently it is a HSS configuration, and I want to fill the middle coil and made it just a H-S.

I'm looking to put in a Bill Lawrence L500XL in the bridge (reversing it, just like Dimebag had...I think) and a BL single coil (forget the name) in the neck position.

I have a 5-way switch with a single volume knob (ripped tone out), and I'm thinking I'll need 2 500k volume pots for this. My questions are:
--Can I keep the 5-way switch for a HS configuration guitar?
--Would two volume pots be adequate? I don't really want to drill anymore holes in the guitar besides the volume and tone holes already there.
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:27 PM   #2
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well, single coils usually use 250k pots..
500k's give you more high end (maybe too much)

and you can keep the 5-way, but it probably won't work the way you like..
you're really better off just buying a new 3-way blade switch

edit: and yeah, theres nothing wrong with 2 volumes, as long as you don't mind losing the tone control
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:59 PM   #3
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Okay forget the Bill Lawrence pickups - Tech guy told me they are extremely low output and recommended Seymour Duncans.

I'm pretty sure I am buying the SH6 Duncan Distortion for the bridge and the SHR1 Hot Rails for the neck. I'm still deciding on whether or not to have two volumes, or a volume and a tone. Regardless, it will be a 500k volume pot.

Paint job will consist of a white body, with a black splatter effect accenting specific areas of the guitar. Hopefully this should all begin with the next 30 days or so, I would hope. Pictures will be posted throughout the entire process
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:51 AM   #4
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Do it like a Jackson Pollock.

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Old 06-15-2010, 09:37 PM   #5
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I was thinking a very bright white, not eggshell or anything. Pretty much primer, with a white coat on top of it (spray can), and then deciding on a splatter pattern using black paint and a brush. I will probably lightly sand the splatter, since it will create an uneven coat. Then I will clear coat (spray) it and that should be that

I'm also installing Seymour Duncan Duncan Distortion in the bridge and a Cool Rails in the neck. Pictures will be provided once I begin, which should be next week sometime. Cheers!
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Old 07-04-2010, 05:11 PM   #6
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Finally disassembled the guitar today and gutted all the wires, so sanding should begin tomorrow I think. Pictures sooooon
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Old 07-06-2010, 02:34 PM   #7
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Peechurs!





My question to everyone is what should I do with the headstock? I'm putting on locking tuners (Sperzels?), but I really don't like the shape of the headstock itself. I was thinking something more or less like an Ibanez shape. I really don't feel like drilling new holes or anything, so I have to work around the tuners.

Ideas?
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:00 PM   #8
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Give it the Parker Fly treatment, i.e. chop of all parts of the headstock except for a strip where the tuners go.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:15 PM   #9
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I reshaped mine into this.

It looks pretty ibanez-y.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:03 PM   #10
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I think I'll take your idea salsawords if that's okay. It seems to be the only nice-looking shape I can get out of this neck. :P:

Sanding off the back of it today using just a orbital sander with 80 grit sandpaper. Worked well for the most part, but took off some wood on the angled parts. I'm not really worried since I will be covering the wood eventually, but I'm glad I finally got this project going

I'll post another picture of the sanded body tomorrow.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:16 PM   #11
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Okay I lied about the picture today. I have paint on the horns to sand off and it will officially be a bare body. There are some nasty parts on the front near the bridge pickup, most likely from a shitty router cutting it out.

Anywho, once I'm done sanding the horns tomorrow I'm gonna bevel the front of the body. I'll DEFINITELY have a picture up tomorrow
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:08 PM   #12
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Sorry for the delay and everything, but I've been busy with other stuff.

So without further ado, here's some pictures



Those horns took FOREVER. Hand sanding is a bitch. Also, that terrible fill job near the humbucker is a factory fault, not mine. Let's just say I'm glad I'll be painting over this

I took salsaword's idea and am thinking of the headstock look like this:



And for a bonus, I got the first base coat on for my pedalboard build



One more coat tomorrow, then clear (any advice on how many clear coats I should put on?), then just the final accessories and such to screw on.
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:19 AM   #13
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Christ, I just realized how long this simple pedalboard project has lasted. I can't paint 90% of the time because it's simply too hot and humid outside for the clear/spray to do what it needs to do.

We already did a couple thin spray-on lacquer coats for this, but it's not what we're looking for. I think we're just gonna use a normal brush method by hand.

Also in relevance to the Washburn, we just have to dremmel out the right horn and bevel the entire guitar slightly. I learned yesterday my dad's friend also has a 5 HP compressor for all my painting needs

Any recommendations on paint for an absolute beginner using a paint gun?
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:37 AM   #14
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If you mean specific types of paint, use a enamel and thin it down to the consistency of milk.
I find it pretty easy to work with.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:55 PM   #15
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I mean, is it possible for a first-timer to use something like nitrocellulose or anything? I'm just asking for someone to tell me what works best/worst, what looks the best/worst, etc
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:06 PM   #16
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Yea, always test on scraps first. Painting a solid color or clearing something isn't that hard really. It's just making sure the gun is setup right, and the paint is mixed correctly.
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:09 PM   #17
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New peechurs of stuff I did today!

1.) Cut the headstock and sanded off the logo



2.) Sanded/beveled the body and right horn. Also filled in the middle pickup with a block of ash and put wood filler around whatever didn't fit perfectly. I'm letting it dry and shrink overnight and will sand it down tomorrow.



Looking gewddddd!

Also, I bought me some Sperzel locking tuners off of Stew Mac I'll put on once everything's done.
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:14 PM   #18
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haha i have that guitar and i also sanded it down

gonna stick this thread
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:15 AM   #19
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I just received some Sperzel locking tuners in the mail and was wondering what is the best way to install them?

I know you have to drill a hole into the back of the headstock to secure it but how do I do this?

Also, the tuning pegs are staggered and have varying heights. Does the Low E receive the tallest tuning pegs or does the high E?
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