#1
OK So a friend of mine, after oozing jealousy over my Firefly for a month, decided to get a kit and try to one-up me. Of course though, he has no idea what he’s doing and has enlisted my help since I’ve made all the newbie mistakes already for him. Should prove interesting.

Anywho, after skimming the net for a while we picked out this http://www.byoguitar.com/Guitars/Electric-Guitar-Kit---Kelley__BYO-JK.aspx For those to lazy to click the link it basically a Jackson Kelly. Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard, Basswood body, 25.5 scale, 24 frets, Floyd Rose, yadda yadda… you get the picture. Going into the purchase we knew it wasn’t the best kit out there, but for the money it suits his needs best. It came in today and we got straight to work.

At first glance things look good:






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#2
But a closer inspection reveals a number of flaws:

We got a freyed edge along the neck

A large crack right at the corner of the lower horn

Some sort of sawdust deposit that got caked into place and took a while to sand away

A visible hole between the FR rout and the control cavity

A large chip missing from the output jack hole

A VERY large crack down the fretboard, which probably upsets me the most

And to top it all off some of the frets aren’t glued on properly. I only hope to God that the slots are properly measured out and it stays in tune.
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#3
So we started sanding, and by “we” I mean “he”

Photogenic aint he?

Anyways, most of the flaws there’s not much we can do about but for those we could we eliminated and its now crazy smooth.





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#4
Here are all the rest of the parts:


Floyd Rose looks solid but we’ll see once its installed.


And the sock pickups that we probably wont be using.

Speaking of which, anybody got any suggestions for better replacements? My friend plays a lot of Hair/Glam Metal (Cinderella, Poison, Dokken, etc) and some Metallica though he can’t shred by any stretch of the imagination so pickups geared towards that kindda sound would be much appreciated. NO ACTIVES THOUGH. He is not a fan of actives. Oh and he uses a Fender Frontman 212R amp. I think something along the lines of a DiMarzio PAF Pro & Super Distortion are his best bets, but since I’m unfamiliar with the sound he’s going for I could use the help. Thanks in advance.

As for the finish, here’s a quick look into the sketches of what we have planned:


The front is kindda inspired by this http://www.guitarcenter.com/Dean-Evo-Dragster-Electric-Guitar-512912-i1147924.gc but the background is gonna be stained stained black, not painted black, since the grain actually doesn’t look to bad and the flames are going to be airbrushed on top. The back and sides are gonna be painted black with the tattoo-esque graphics memorializing his grandparents being either hand painted on by me or done up in photoshop by me and then ironed on using some crazy transfer paper. I’m not to sure about the second option though. I need to see how the transfer paper and paint react together. I don’t want the paint to melt and fsck anything up.

I also have no idea what he wants to do with the neck. We could do an oil finish and leave it natural, we could stain it something, we could paint it black, hell, I could even do a vine-of-life thing all along the back. The headstock is gonna be black with a custom logo on it though.

So whadayathink?
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Last edited by androidred0100 at Oct 2, 2009,
#5
Cool.

What are you going to do about the crack in the fretboard and the bad frets?
#6
Not a clue... maybe ignore them and hope they go away lol


probably put some putty on the fb just to try and un-ugly it and if the frets really are that bad i'll take it to a pro and ask them to fix it. Neither my friend or I are experienced enough nor do we have the tools to mess with them.
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#7
front looks cool.

back looks flaming.

and not like the front kinda flaming.
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#8
Damn, how many pieces of wood is the body? Also, the neck has some nice grain on it. Anyways, looks really cool, except for the chips/cracks and what not.
#9
I like the grain. That paintjob is ugly as hell though. I say do a stain. For the fretboard you could inject some titebond in the crack and clamp it up, or wood filler and then a black stain.
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Last edited by salsawords at Oct 2, 2009,
#10
The body's like 4 or 5 pieces.

Yeah I'm not to much of a fan of the painted flames either but it's not my guitar so I don't call the shots. Repeat after me; The customer may not always be right, but since they're paying they better get what they want. Then again that's just a rough mock up in the back of my notebook so the final design is still pending.

And yeah the wood filler idea sounds good, I'll suggest it to my hommie.
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#11
Quote by androidred0100
Not a clue... maybe ignore them and hope they go away lol


probably put some putty on the fb just to try and un-ugly it and if the frets really are that bad i'll take it to a pro and ask them to fix it. Neither my friend or I are experienced enough nor do we have the tools to mess with them.


Are these kits sold "as is" with no guarantee at all? Can't you send the neck back to swap it out?

With the flaws you're pointing out, it almost looks like these guys are buying factory reject parts from the OEMs.
#12
Hmmmm that's certainly a posibility. I think my freind is looking into trading for better parts, but I'm of the ilk to consider faulty parts a challenge to be met and overcome. It's his call though, we'll see.
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#13
Quote by deftonesordie
front looks cool.

back looks flaming.

and not like the front kinda flaming.


you may not be a fan of the design, but i want to honor my grandparents. and this is way i decided to do it. to bad if you don't like it. if you have a better idea then suggest it
#15
Quote by deftonesordie
well at least put their full names on the thing!


well thats just the mock up that my friend drew up to give us an idea of what we were doing. thats not the final version. its going to change.
#16
Quote by deftonesordie
well at least put their full names on the thing!



Yeah that's all me there. As I said before, those are just rough sketches in the back of my notebook. Key word here is ROUGH. I didn't know his grandparent's name at the time so I just threw in Grandma and Grandpa and I also didn't know their birth and death dates either so I just stuck 1900-2000 as placeholder dates.

It's not the final design, its just enough to get the idea around. That's the point of rough sketches.
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