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Old 05-14-2006, 11:57 AM   #81
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My main guitar is my Epiphone Dot, and all I've done so far is change the pickguard and the tone/volume knobs. I reckon it looks a bit more streamlined (or soemthing!). I'm considering changing the bridge pickup.

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Old 05-14-2006, 08:31 PM   #82
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This is an Epiphone Les Paul custom ebony with gold hardware. I bought this Les Paul in June 2005. After some time I found it to be quite boring. I started by taking off the ugly black speed knobs and put on Gibson top hat knobs with gold plates and those cool little number pointers. I later bought some Grover keystone machine heads and attached those. after that I bought Schaller straplock buttons in gold. Then the biggest change for the better occurred by putting a nice big Bigsby B-7 tremolo tailpiece bridge on the end of my guitar. I filled the holes (where the stopbar tailpiece used to be) and painted them black. I survived on that for a little while, then I realized my Les Paul lacks the tone I wanted. I love single coil bridge pickups so I purchased a white open coil Seymour Duncan JB bridge pickup and split the coils which are connected to the tone knob rather than a push pull. The result is: with the knob at zero is a single coil, knob at 10 is a humbucker. You can get really great tones in between, at about 4 or 5 it sounds like a p-90. After screwing around with that for a while I switched to my neck pickup, it sounded horrible. I bought a Seymour Duncan Jazz neck pickup with chrome cover and split the coils with a simple on/off switch. I added another switch for main power cut-off. My guitar kept going out of tune! With much frustration I bought a roller tune-o-matic bridge and all my problems where solved. Pink Floyd is a very big inspiration for me and dark side of the moon is my favorite album, what better graphic can you put on a black guitar? the handpainted pickguard will be re-done so it will be all non chunky and nice.



artwork on back by: mutated_riff aka. bennett j stevens

this conludes my magnificent epiphone les paul custom custom creation

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Old 05-14-2006, 11:42 PM   #83
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^That thing is sweet!

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I'm a retired Supermod off to the greener pastures of the real world.

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Old 05-15-2006, 01:54 PM   #84
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If you guys want a warning keep at it, theres a reason i say 'read the rules' when i welcome you to UG!!!

2.) Your post must contain at least one picture of your guitar after you customized it.

Click for larger image!

Packman that is one sweet ass guitar.

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Old 05-16-2006, 08:35 PM   #85
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Here's my P bass hot-rod project

in the pictures you really only get to see the refinishing process, what you dont see is the replacement of all of the electronics, SD bassline pickups, and some mild re-shaping of the body.

heres how it was before

just the body

into the refinish

you cant really tell but i exagerated the belly cut a bit and rounded in the lower horn
A shot of the grain with some imperfections still in it

I dont have any good shots of the finished body, this is about the best i can get
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:06 PM   #86
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Absinthe's Restorations:

Slammer Hammer

Most recent project... It was a slammer hammer, none of the electronics worked, and it was covered in dents and stuff, i got it off my friend for free. I dremeled in a Yingve neck:

Then I rewried it completely, gave it a decent paintjob (although its a teeny bit bumpy) and added a cut-off switch (the little orange switch)

Squier Strat

Just a dumb little project I did when I got bored with my squier strat. I sanded the paint off, put some lime green primer on, then cut out 100's of random stuff from magizines, I used Hodge Podge to stick them onto the body then glossed over them. You can see some little spots I missed but oh well, it was just a fun little project.

Kawai Archtop

Heres my first real project, with this one, my friends friend dropped it from the attic on the neck and broke the neck almost completely off. not to mention nothing really worked on it, it had no strings no bridge, the pickups and the pots were shot.

first i fixed the body...

then redid all the electronics (the only think i kept was the pot covers)

and then threw on a SG style bridge (yes on an archtop)

To this day I still have no clue who makes this guitar, if you know, PM me. Yes i know "Kawai" does or "Kawal" but I have no background information about the company.

Yeah theyre pretty simple restorations, but Im 16 with no job so theres very little I can do. PM me if you have any comments about them, things I could have done better, or just if you think i did good. Thanks for looking!

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Old 06-02-2006, 01:48 AM   #87
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My rainforesty RGish thing...

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Old 06-03-2006, 03:59 AM   #88
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this isnt a guitar, but it was a good ol dunlop crybaby, then i was in a destrustive mood so i took a grinder to it and made it look like the zakk wylde wah, then i painted zebra stripes on it

im egocentric so im going to list off all my guitars and amps.

if you love my pink floyd les paul custom

then check out my new and improved GIBSON pink floyd lp

this is old news customizing a doubleneck
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Old 06-04-2006, 12:10 AM   #89
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Sanded down, ready to be painted:


What was done to it:

- Painted Red (Soon to be re-painted. Possibly fluro pink..)
- Fretboard Scallop
- Pickup
- Strap buttons

What I'm planning on doing to it:

- Re-painting it
- Adding some LEDs
- Adding some sort of light inside the soundhole
- Re-shaping the headstock
My pedalboard & guitar.
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:31 AM   #90
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ok here is my samick that i painted im so much of a cheap arse i didnt buy templates for the f-holes so there hand painted i filled in the front two singlecoil holes with bog and scallopped 20-24


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Old 06-05-2006, 10:55 AM   #91
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Here is the Zebra.

Zebrawood top, alder body;
Stewart Mac Fender style bolt-on neck: maple/cherry;
Seymour Duncan vintage '59 humbuckers;
Volume, tone, and blend pots;
Tune-o-matic bridge set into top, Carvin-style;
Gotoh tuners;
Graphite nut (I like to bend the sh&* out of the strings);
Strings through-body

Plays great. Zebrawood gives great sustain. Right now I play it more than my beloved SG or Tele. These pics don't really give the zebrawood credit for its color and 3-D grain quality.

Since this picture was taken I have replaced the chrome tuners with gold and added a gold string tree.

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Old 06-05-2006, 11:26 PM   #92
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this was a slammer hammer.
made fretless
sanded off ugly red paint
made pickguard a shiney blue

both my cool basses

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Old 06-17-2006, 07:27 PM   #93
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Heres my patriotic strat custom. I am redoing it again. I will post the new stuff soon.

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Old 06-20-2006, 02:52 AM   #94
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ok so its not as much custom as my P bass rebuild, but heres some of the stages of my ESP re-furb:
the sort of begining (when i was a scene kid like 4 or 5 years ago)

after it sat with the neck off for about 3 years i decided to put it back together, but i stripped all the electronics out

what you havent seen so far are the scratches and scraped in the clear coat
like this one
after buffing and polishing out the scratches and just mocking up the pups

the finished product

what you cant see: black ice cap, DiMarzio Air Classics neck and bridge,
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Old 07-07-2006, 12:27 PM   #95
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This was my first attempt at guitar customizing, started off with a shine telecaster with a really bad and scrached paintjob. Gutted it, re-sprayed it and ended up with this:

Still needs pickups and the like but im broke for now so they'll have to wait
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:47 PM   #96
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painted stuff blue, took out neck pickup for a killlswitch. And, a fixed bridge
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:55 PM   #97
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not the best...but it was a cheap harmony i got for free a few years back
I painted it and made the pickguard...when i get some $$ im gonna buy new tuners(black) and pickups that are at least half decent ( i cant even play this guitar it sounds so horrible)
oh and i scalloped the neck...

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Old 07-13-2006, 06:06 PM   #98
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SG custom

I got tired of my old SG, so I decided to do something special with it. I wanted it to be chrome, but because of a mistake with the white spirit it ended up pink, but I like it.

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Old 07-13-2006, 07:18 PM   #99
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I just finished another "interesting" one.

back, sides and neck - Honduras Mahogany
Top - Sitka spuce
Scale length. Fan fret. 655mm long and 640 short
fretboard and bridge ebony
Tunners - Schaller
ivorioid bindings
offset soundhole
cherry shaped side vents
asymmetrical body
finish - true oil.
artificially aged.
5 frets scalloped

That is the most beautiful acoustic I beleive I have ever seen
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Old 07-14-2006, 06:11 PM   #100
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The guitar started out as a blah MIJ Fender Strat, black, battle-scarred with dents and scratches. However,
it's pretty solid with 80s vintage PUs and wiring, maple/rosewood neck with the '62 RI headstock:

The new color is a sexy (IMO) Daphne Blue, very vintage, kept the 80s vintage PUs and installed DiMarzio
Hot Blues, Blues, and Solo PUs with a new wiring harness, a new maple/maple neck with the CBS headstock,
and upgraded the tremolo block with a 1 pound (!!!) steel block.

And the vintage KlusonŽ tuners:

WTLT GG&A 2008 WTLT EG 2006 WTLT GB&C 2009

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