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Old 09-13-2012, 07:39 AM   #161
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The knobs and pegs...
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:38 AM   #162
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Neck inlay is done... stainless steel frets are next. I should be getting a photo of the pickups installed in the pick guard soon.

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:28 AM   #163
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That's certainly going to be a unique guitar! Very flash... I look forward to seeing the finished project!

Aren't those silver tuners very fragile? I'd be afraid to bend them!
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:29 AM   #164
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Nope... quite strong... they've been making and selling them for some time.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:39 PM   #165
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love the inlays, but I'd be worried about the tuners too. But if there strong, then i guess there is nothing to worrie about.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:14 PM   #166
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I suppose you shouldn't be exerting too much force on the tuner 'buttons' anyway. At least, none of the ones I've ever owned have taken much effort to turn, anyway.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:28 AM   #167
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That's true, especially if the body has a nice high ratio to it. Although using a string winder would be obnoxious haha.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:05 AM   #168
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A photo of Stephen Casper working on the neck inlay:
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:05 AM   #169
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Another of the inlay clamped:
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:47 AM   #170
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Routing and setting in of the truss rod:
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:47 AM   #171
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:45 AM   #172
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The pickups (via SublimePickups.com) arrived from Hungary in only 3 days (to Florida). They were attached to the pick guard and a photo sent to me. The pick guard is a mirror... colorless... but it reflected something 'tan' in his workshop.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:14 AM   #173
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Looks good.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:41 AM   #174
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The luthier had to custom make the truss rod cover from a sheet of steel, to be chromed and polished before shipping to the engraver. A few more photos and details are here:

http://caspersguitarshop.wordpress....gota-improvise/
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:10 AM   #175
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A shot of the body... a dark copper metallic paint (shows lighter in the photo).
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:11 AM   #176
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Another shot with the pick guard and neck sitting in place.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:13 AM   #177
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I guess it really comes down to personal preference, but why not gold paint?
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:24 AM   #178
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I guess because I didn't want gold.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:52 PM   #179
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That looks amazing with all the parts together. I didn`t think I would really like it, but its amazing.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:05 PM   #180
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There's still the headstock, the leaf tuner pegs, the leaf knobs, the truss rod cover (that's where I'm putting the Vai logo), and the trem plate cover (all hand engraved). The luthier told me that the picture is not picking up the true quality of this paint job... a metallic glow under the clear finish. Speaking of which, the middle pickup has the word Sublime on it (SublimePickups.com), and the word glows in the dark. As well, after 25 years of building guitars, my luthier was amazed at the weight and quality of construction of the pickups... and these hand made pickups cost the same as stock pickups from any other company. The luthier plans on contacting Sublime for future projects.
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