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Old 08-28-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Wanted a PRS but I'm not a millionaire. Time to DIY (New Build)

Word of warning: this will probably be the slowest build you ever witness. Want to get an idea of how slow? Look at my sig. It's said that for months now.

EDIT: Told you it'd be slow. First post in nine months on page 3.

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As a poor college student I often find myself in terrible predicaments. Those predicaments usually involve me wanting shiny things. This can typically be fixed with things like eBay and Craigslist, but unfortunately for me it seems that PRS's MIA guitars retain their value exceptionally well. Next best solution? Do it myself. Create my own shiny thing.

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-Custom 24 based body style, not an exact replica however
-Honduran mahogany back, flame maple top
-Thin-bodied (~1 3/4" before carving and finish sanding)
-5-piece neck from Soulmate Guitars: Wenge/flame maple/wenge/fm/wenge
-Ebony fretboard, jumbo frets, abalone inlays
-25" scale length

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-GFS Sperzel-style locking tuners [I wouldn't normally go with GFS hardware, but I've got it from a good source (Explorerbuilder) that these are just as good as Sperzels at a significantly reduced cost]
-Hipshot Modern Hardtail bridge.
-Graphtech nut
-Some cheap chrome strap buttons
-Some cheap chrome string ferrules
-Cream pickup rings

Electronics - PRS DGT layout. Two volumes or bust!
-Rock Monkey Silverback bridge pickup
-Undecided neck pickup. Probably a Rock Monkey Blackback.
-Bourns Model 95 500k Audio Taper pots x 2 (volumes)
-CTS 500k Push/Pull Linear Taper x1 (tone)
-If push/pull doesn't fit then CTS 500k linear pot + mini toggle switch
-Switchcraft 3-way Toggle
-Switchcraft Mono output jack

Pics to follow.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:43 PM   #2
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Like all guitars, this one starts it's life as a humble board of dead tree. Honduran Mahogany net 1", not 4/4. To be sawn in half, jointed, and glued to form a 2-piece body.



Unfortunately I failed to take any pictures of the flame maple top before sawing/gluing/shaping, so you'll have to use your imaginations.

Using this:



With the wood plus this:



And this:



And one of these:



We get this:



The screws were put (in places that will be drilled/routed out. don't worry) to hold the two boards together so we could cut the body our and edge sand it simultaneously. They also aid in alignment for glue time.

Speaking of which, glue time. I gave it some clamps. Bitches love clamps:

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Old 08-28-2011, 06:02 PM   #3
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It's too late to get any pictures of the neck with halfway decent lighting so here's a little teaser until a later date:

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Old 08-28-2011, 07:18 PM   #4
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is it gonna look like this?!





Cus' if it is....

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Old 08-28-2011, 07:25 PM   #5
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Hey... I have an idea...






DRAGONBURST
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:36 PM   #6
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My intention is to stain/dye it similar to that blue PRS but without the black burst. Not a fan of PRS bursts--the tops are too sexay to cover the edges with black.

EDIT: And it seems I've run into my first problem. Glue's pretty much dry already (gonna leave it overnight though) and there are some gaps between the body and top woods. Le sigh.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:15 PM   #7
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So much love for dragonburst on this site!

I vote dark blue, black around the edges... not that I just did a build like that and it looks sexy as hell or anything....

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Old 08-28-2011, 09:44 PM   #8
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So much love for dragonburst on this site!

I vote dark blue, black around the edges... not that I just did a build like that and it looks sexy as hell or anything....

Good luck!



AFAIK there's never been a really good build with it here though... (that dragonburst LP that was here that one time with the dude in love with his luthier or something wasn't really that good tbh)
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:58 PM   #9
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AFAIK there's never been a really good build with it here though... (that dragonburst LP that was here that one time with the dude in love with his luthier or something wasn't really that good tbh)


Link please?

And I like the the blue with black burst aswell. You could stain the burst transperent black . Are you going to do the bird inlays? And also, NEED. MORE. PICTURES. OF. NECK.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:37 PM   #10
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Link please?

And I like the the blue with black burst aswell. You could stain the burst transperent black . Are you going to do the bird inlays? And also, NEED. MORE. PICTURES. OF. NECK.


http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1193737


And that blue thing is good. Not as good as dragonburst, but will be jizz inducing.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:14 PM   #11
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I'm really not a fan of bursts unless they're traditional red/orange/yellow/brown bursts. I'm pretty conservative when it comes to aesthetics.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:34 AM   #12
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simple gray to black bursts look awesssssommeee

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Old 08-29-2011, 01:27 AM   #13
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I agree wih above... Stickied. PRS are bbadasses godess thing.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:58 AM   #14
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Haha everyones trying to turn you into a burst man. I understand what you mean though. It will look amazing ether way espeshly if its going to be blue. Blue PRS's are the best kind of PRS's haha.
Oh and thatnks for the link Wisthekiller.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:59 AM   #15
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Dragonburst is so gaudy/cheesy.

Fastest way to ruin a guitar, IMO.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:17 PM   #16
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charcoal burst would be amazing too: http://www.makenmusic.com/productIm...Frontbody.jp g
anyway looks great so far man looking forward to see it finnished, nomatter your gonna do with that top
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Wooaahaaa..The guitar above is kinda freakin me out... i can figure if its a les paul or a prs singlecut...
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:23 PM   #18
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:06 PM   #19
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I vote for the Dragon Burst
or Dark red with black
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:06 PM   #20
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Wooaahaaa..The guitar above is kinda freakin me out... i can figure if its a les paul or a prs singlecut...


That one's a Les Paul. You can tell cause the upper bout on PRS SCs tend to be more angular and the body carves aren't rounded all the way around.

Anyway, I'm kinda bummed about the gap that formed between the two body woods. I'll get some pictures when I get home. The gap is about as thick as a credit card (maybe a tad less) and runs along the bottom left part of the body. I'm guessing I'll have to find some matching woodfiller and go at it.
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