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Old 04-17-2003, 05:04 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Guitar Customizing Diary

many talk of guitar customizing. many talk of getting pick-ups just to show off. many talk of buying custom made guitars.

yet few actually do.

anyhow, i was playing some nice guitars at denmark street london, - i played some prs's, epi's, ibanez, jj's, fenders... and only guitar i liked better in terms of feel was the santana 3 (thanks for letting me play it!).

but i dont have £3000, only £400. so i thought wy buy another low range guitar if i didnt like it as much; and so i went home. after talking to some friends on msn, i got a sudden rush of crazyness and inspiration, and i decided to rebuild my guitar from its body and neck, since thats what i love about it.

my guitar was a yamaha eg112, indonesian made ( ), frankly terrible elertonics and tuners, but the neck that is on (its bolt-on btw) is same as the expensive pacificas have (mine is a level below).

allright thats the introduction, below is a photo of guitar prior to work


some notes:
-this is a diary, so please dont mess up with spam and be patient as attaching images is time consuming
-i'll answer all questions / comments, and please help me if you know answer to a particular problem etc
-please feedback, but with thought and creativity
-i'm writing each installemnt in indigo to make it easier to separate comments (both mine and yours) and actual diary

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Old 04-17-2003, 05:20 PM   #2
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allright today's day 2 of work....

**** i havent been this nervous in years.

i have decided to completely build the guitar from scratch, on the basis of my strat. why? i want a great custom made guitar and my life seemed empty lately

so i took off the strings, neck - no problems there

pickguard was hard - the knobs were really really, i mean really strongly put on, but they came off in the end.

then took off bridge - found out lots on how guitars are built by doing so. then took off back pickguard, tuners, strap locks, input jack. found coulnt take off electronics without a soldiering iron, so they had to be left there for a while

then i begun polishing fretboard with wood wax.

5 coats later and 5 hours of polishing with cloth, the wood shows great detail, and has gained an ebony-type colour

much better than old greyed out, dirty wood before
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:22 PM   #3
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stuff came that shows quality of production, or lack of it... good wood nonetheless
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:24 PM   #4
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:27 PM   #5
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are you going to put a locking system on it?
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:29 PM   #6
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this iamge gave me an idea of what to do with teh finish - mat black, with see thru pickguard, just large enough to cover electronics. so cross between kirk hammer esp and satriani chrystal planet
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:31 PM   #7
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are you going to put a locking system on it?

yup full list of jobs coming up
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:33 PM   #8
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allright i spent lots of time with sandpaper in my hand today - got rid of any yamaha signs/logos, cleaned off headstock, attempted to take off piant to see how much of it has been put on
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:35 PM   #9
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:37 PM   #10
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current state of guitar, cant do anything until i get a soldiering iron to disconnect jack and this other wire
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:46 PM   #11
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here's a list of jobs to be completed
-take apart (done!)
-polish fingerboard (done!)
-sand down electronics cavity (done!)
-trim headstock shape (done!)
-decide on parts (done!)
-make trem cavity for the floyd rose
-MIA fender mod
-scallop high frets (done!)
-fit new tuners (done!)
-make a more natural 'heal' (decided against)
-break old pickguard to fit/make new one
-change output jack to JEM style on side (decided against)
-change nut
-change bridge
-fit new electronics
-fit locking strap buttons
-paint
-create custom logos
-change frets to jumbo?
-paint cavity
-make JEM trem cavity?
-put in decorative and real springs between electronics?

ambitious isnt it? yea, some of us are insane

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Old 04-17-2003, 06:08 PM   #12
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you've got alot of courage i would never be able to do that to my geetar. thats all....
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Old 04-17-2003, 07:43 PM   #13
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what do you guys think?


it's looking good.
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Old 04-17-2003, 08:03 PM   #14
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well u know what i think, its madness but, inspired greatness and, as yet miraculous. Keep up the good work, i shall remember u and ur guitar in my prayers...
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Old 04-17-2003, 08:37 PM   #15
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Good luck dude....you're doing great...
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Old 04-17-2003, 08:45 PM   #16
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You migt want to be careful if you do decide to shape down the heel of the guitar. It looked like just a bolt on neck so it might interfere with the neck's anchoring if you do shape it. But you are the one that has the guitar and you know how it is setup, and I'm just trying to help you notice what will and wont work. So if you can shape it, do.
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Old 04-17-2003, 10:17 PM   #17
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Old 04-17-2003, 10:35 PM   #18
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looks great, im looking forward to seeing what it looks like in the end
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Old 04-18-2003, 05:33 AM   #19
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i'm going to repair shop tomorrow to buy parts....

i've thought up a new combo - what do you think?

neck - emg 81, mid - mini SD jb (single), bridge 0 dimebucker

with kahler tremolo

opinions? now i dont know if it would work, but i'm thinking of using a 3 way switch at this time....

what do you think of the kahler?

EDIT: that should give practiacally any tone, warm (the jb), cold (dimebucker), emg81 for metallica-ish sound...

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Old 04-18-2003, 05:42 AM   #20
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Goodluck wiring passive and active hums together, they mix like oil and water. Id go for the duncan distortion for metallica like tones.

Kahler trems, some people hate em, some love em, but the floyd killed it in the 80s. I havnt played one, but id prefer the floyd.
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