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Old 04-21-2003, 01:12 AM   #61
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Okay as you may or may not know I build custom guitars for a living, and I wish I had run into this earlier because I have a ton of tricks and things that I could share with you. I like what your doing because like you said people talk about these things all the time, but I am a bit edgy because you are lacking a lot of the good tools need to undertake a project like this.

Question how did you plan on routing the pickup slots?

Anyway I have a ton of documents and tips that you might like to have such as, my pickup wiring document which has never failed.

I would also like to help you with paint choices and finish choices, and if you plan on doing any inlay definitely let me help with that, it is my forte.

Please PM me any time for advice because I remember how scared ****less I was undertaking my first from scratch guitar.

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Old 04-21-2003, 07:10 AM   #62
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allright today was the most rewarding job yet - headstock shape adjustment.

as earlier posts show, i wanted to replicate the RG headstock to create an aggresive look to my guitar, and to get away from the boring yamaha strat completely.

i used 4 basic tools - small saw, sanding block, 1/4" file, 1/16" file (i think). after 4 hours of patient work i am rewarded with this headstock



note - cannot install tuners until i get a 9.5 mm drill because the schallers are fatter than my old ones

i must say i love my headstock - i think its very elegant, yet very metal like.... beautiful



Hey, nice job you're doing there!

Anyway, I put some schaller's on my SG and I had to use a 10mm drill bit.

Just thought I'd let you know!

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Old 04-21-2003, 06:06 PM   #63
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good luck dude, i cant wait to see a pic of the finished product...



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Old 04-22-2003, 06:07 PM   #64
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lol...ever think of starting your own guitar company? i could imagine it: StreamLine Guitars ... anyways i think youre a brave person doing that to your only electric. i would have probably just bought a new squier and customized that. cant wait to see the finished project
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Old 04-23-2003, 01:10 PM   #65
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yea fat_boab, only 10mm did the job...

increased the holes, sanded down, filled top holes (no longer needed) with wood filler. installed schallers

THOSE ARE HEAVY MOTHER****ERS!

my neck now feels like it weights a tonne with them in, they are like solid steel. but i suppose they will be standing there 20 years later, undamaged....

so yea was a bit concerned that my guitar might become headstock heavy because of schallers..but i reckon that'll be allright as body should balance out the weight....

was thinking - i think i wonna paint the neck, bock back of it and headstock both sides... my grandad says it will ruin the guitar, but then again he was against me trimming headstock, and he might have a point... if i paint, i'll paint it all black, ala jackson etc. worth painting?

also decided how will do logo - will get thick cardboard, use paperknife to cut out design, then after few times of experimenting, will attach to headstock with masking tape and paint in the holes.... then layers of laquer to top it off.. good plan?

also my grandad says i shouldnt do the scalloping, fret crowning, or MIA fender thing (rounding off fingerboard edges), because: 'scalloping will damage frets', 'fret wire is covered with stuff that protects it from reacting, so it will go bad after a while,(like rust and go green)', 'frets are fine (although many people have commented on their state - guitar luthier, my teacher, etc - even i feel that)'.

anyway, i dont know whether to listen to him. i mean he does know a lot, but i think what he is saying isnt a)true b) BS

so i'm kinda in two minds...

also i've been thinking that this project might not be worth it... like guiytar guy said... but too late to finish, although this is kinda depressing

also i have lots of schoolwork now, so i work will take me longer to complete...

feedback please, picture of headstock with tuners fitted below
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Old 04-23-2003, 02:31 PM   #66
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also decided how will do logo - will get thick cardboard, use paperknife to cut out design, then after few times of experimenting, will attach to headstock with masking tape and paint in the holes.... then layers of laquer to top it off.. good plan?




Do your logo like this:

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/logo.htm

It looks amazing! You could do anything!
STREAMLINE CUSTOM is ESP style writing would look so cool!
But it probably wouldnt fit on the headstock....

And feedback wise,

So far your project rules and has inspired me to do something similar once i have the money! The headstock is classy as hell!
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Old 04-23-2003, 03:37 PM   #67
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i wouldn't paint the neck. it seems like it'd slow you down.
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:16 PM   #68
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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DONT PAINT THE NECK!!! That actually will make it MUCH less pleasant to play. It will make it much more suseptable (sp) to stickiness and will make it not feel as smooth. If you do paint anything, paint the front of the headstock. That will look good.
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:36 PM   #69
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ok i wont paint neck, you're right...

and yup i've been going to projectguitar daily since i began this thing...

and without a doubt rotuing the tremolo is gonna be hard as hell

but hey if i had a voice of reason in my head, i wouldnt be doing this. all gambles i took paid off so far, so lets hope it carries on

you guys a question: how do i take off existing nut, replace it with new one? thanks
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:46 PM   #70
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hhhmmm i hope you are wrong

i mean no offense

i took of around 5 percent of actual wood of headstock, all around outside... no its should be just fine, as most of the wood is intact and the original wood structure is untouched.... now if i did a parker (i considered that at one stage) - that would be fatal with a floyd rose during a divebomb...

i'm pretty sure i'll be fine, but thanks for bringing that up


I think that if you're using a floyd, you should be using a locking nut anyways or you'll end up with a completely de-tuned guitar after 1 dive.

Only Hendrix can pull that off and get away with it!
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:14 PM   #71
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I am wanting to customize my Fender Strat, and I want to know how to remove the volume and tone knobs as well as the plastic tip on the end of the pickup selector switch without totally ruining the knobs and the guitar in the process, any ideas would help thanks.
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:21 PM   #72
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To take off the volume and tone knobs, most of them just pull off, put something under it to wedge em off, and spin em too so that you don't break the pots, For the switch, Just yank it off, thats all i had to do for my guitar.
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:37 PM   #73
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I had the same problem with my strat.

The switch is ahrd to get off. I literally bit it off... only thing that worked. You can try pliers. I didn't try to take the knobs off but what you need to do is just like he said, unscrew the top hex washer and pull em off the bottom.
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Old 04-24-2003, 02:54 AM   #74
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that headstock looks badass!
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:28 AM   #75
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One thing stream, the existing fretboard on your Yamaha is made up of Snokonel. Or something like that. It won't feel as smooth as rosewood or ebony, you may want to do something about that if possible, its okay if you don't but you may want to after you get used to your mods and realized this and prehaps you may want to change the fretboard wood.
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:44 AM   #76
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which leads to my questions....

How do you remove a fretboard?

How do you remove individual frets?

BTW StreamLine you are a big inspiration thx very much and good luck with all your work...dont get discouraged
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Old 04-24-2003, 07:20 AM   #77
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you probably have to rip them off as they dont seem to be screwed on
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Old 04-24-2003, 11:31 AM   #78
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To remove frets you pull them out with fine nose pliers.

Check out www.projectguitar.com it's got LOADSA useful bits and bobs on building guitars, and they do seem pretty clued up.

And StreamLine, scalloping your fretboard, if done correctly, shouldn't affect your actual frets at all, after all, it is only a fraction of the fretboard you're removing.
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:13 PM   #79
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he said that hes been going to projectguitar.com since day 1 do u not listen?
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:32 PM   #80
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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.


whats the difference between active and passive humbuckers?
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