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So looking back on my first modding experience, I realize that the guitar still sucks.

Yeah it looks pretty cool, but I never play it and so I feel like it needs some more attention, plus I'd like some more practice at guitar building.

I'm going to do a carved top. Doing that will make me have to change the pickguard as well, which I'll think about later.

I'll get rid of the neckplate, countersink the neck bolts, and carve the neck joint. I'll have to grind off the ends of the neck bolts since they'll be sunk in deeper than before.

I also want to change out this shit bridge. I think I might give it a Tune-O-Matic that I already have lying around as well. Note to anyone thinking of buying a wraparound bridge without saddles: THEY SUCK.



Should be fun.
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#2
The rough carve is done. I used a rasp and some 80 grit sandpaper.

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#3
looks cool. like an sg/strat hybrid.
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#5
Are you only doing the horns or something with the rest of the body too?
Either way looks nice
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#6
I really don't know yet. Any cool ideas? I'm in a creative mood for this guitar so I'm pretty open to suggestions.
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I really don't know yet. Any cool ideas? I'm in a creative mood for this guitar so I'm pretty open to suggestions.



you should carve it like an ernie ball
http://www.drumcityguitarland.com/drumcitygl/stores/1/images/products/Ernie%20BallMusic%20Man%20%20John%20Petrucci-7%20Mystic%20Dream%20%20Fully%20Loaded%20%20%207-String%20Electric%20Guitar.jpg
or that one ibanez
http://resources.ibanez.com/resourceservicehost/images/Ibanez/web/eg/products/test/RGD2127ZISH.gif

or just a schecter style carve
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#9
I'm digging that ibby. I think I may do that. I also kind of want to give it a locking nut because I can't seem to find a nut that fits right and stays put. I don't want to pay for anything so I'll have to scrounge for it.
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#10
I finally got down to carving some more. Be mindful that this is only done with a rasp at this point. I haven't sanded yet.

did the ibanez style carve

deepened the bevels by a lot


I carved the neck joint. I'm getting rid of the neck plate, shortening the neck screws with a grinder, and countersinking the screws. I need to do a lot of sanding here especially.
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#11
you better not sand much at the neck joint, one thing is the screws going through the neck and another one is the pocket breaking and making it unutilizable.
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#12
Yeah I know. I'm going to use a grinder to cut off the tips of the neck screws so they don't go all the way through the neck.
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Last edited by salsawords at Jun 5, 2010,
#13
looks cool so far. how you going to paint it?
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#14
yeah, yhe pockrt looks REALLY thin
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#15
paint the bevels neon blue. make that thing look like some crazy awesome shred axe.

also, put some metal eyelets in the countersunk holes to (maybe) make it stronger. (or not, I probably don't know what I'm talking about.)
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#16
you should carve out the bottom horn where your left hand goes when playing high up,

you could put paint on the side of your hand then play it and where ever paint gets on the guitar sand it down untill it fits along your hand perfectly
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#17
His neck joint it fine. The area of the sides of the neck pocket alone are strong enough to hold it in place, thinning the bottom isn't really that big of a deal. Compare it to the area of a scarf joint. Not that much different when you think about it in terms of area.

I vote dowel it and make it a AANJ
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I wasn't expecting this much attention haha. I think I'm going to paint it a neon color and have the bevels be the same color. Probably green.
I started carving for fret access, but I didn't want to weaken the joint too much so I didn't go far.
Good idea Bobby, I think I'll get some dowel and make it AANJ.
As for the eyelets, aka ferrules, I don't have enough money to buy more parts. I'll just countersink the screws and call it a day.
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#19
Where will you put the strap pin? just on the back, near the neckplate?
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#20
Well since I never play live and I'm not in a band and I never play standing up, I just won't have any strap locks. I don't really care about them too much so it's whatever.
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I wasn't expecting this much attention haha. I think I'm going to paint it a neon color and have the bevels be the same color. Probably green.
I started carving for fret access, but I didn't want to weaken the joint too much so I didn't go far.
Good idea Bobby, I think I'll get some dowel and make it AANJ.
As for the eyelets, aka ferrules, I don't have enough money to buy more parts. I'll just countersink the screws and call it a day.



When you go to the hardware store, and get some dowels, get some nice thick washers (1/8"+). Counter sink those washers, and boom you have eyelets.
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#22
I never posted pictures, but I sanded everything to 80 grit.

I shoved rods into my all my holes...

Here's the basic plan.

I got these little things that'll work perfectly. Too bad I forgot what they're called.
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#23
not sure what theyre called, but ive used a bunch of them on diddley bows lately, my grandpa has a lot of them.
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#24
I know that you've pretty much got a good idea of how you're going to fasten the neck on, but I think that this bolt in kit would be perfect for what you're doing. I really want to put it in on my hot rodded squier, but I just haven't coughed up the money for it yet.

This is a picture of the kit I'm talking about, you could flush mount those little ferrules and then trim the bolts to however long you need them to be, I think it would be a cleaner install than what you're doing now, not that it's bad, I just thing this might be a better option.


LINK to the kit

I like your ideas, it all looks good. I'd copy your carve idea if I didn't want to keep my Squier as a true strat.
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#25
Paint it neon green with black pinstriping. Or something like neon green with ______ (some other neon color) pinstriping or paint the bevels a different color
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#26
i enjoy the uniqueness of this build
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#27
Okay, get glow in the dark paint, and some normal paint that when in the light is the same shade as the glow in the dark paint, paint the guitar with the normal paint except the bevels or in some crazy design like a Hello Kitty in the middle of the guitar, in those places use the glow in the dark paint. Then you'll have a guitar that is normal by day but by night sprouts a new design!


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ATL: Man, I really really wanted to get one of those kits, but I can't afford my main build, let alone anything for this guitar. I would be interested to know how well those work, though.

As for paint suggestions, I'm definitely going with a neon color, but I don't know if I'll do contrasting bevels because it's just done way too much. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

I carved the heel into an AANJ today.

It did cause a little bit of tearout in the heel because of the weak wood. Nothing a little wood filler can't fix.


Here's where it stands right now. I need to install the neck screws, carve the neck by the heel, and figure out a way to get out the bridge studs that I epoxied in so I can install a tune-o-matic. Any suggestions?
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#31
HOLY FREAKING GIANT PIC!!!

Please resize or link to it, most people know what a rasp is, and I feel bad for the people with slow internet, this page will never load.


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Yeah, man. Please edit that out or delete your post.
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Looks awesome so far. I like it. I also love the neck heel idea, I have a similar thing on my Cort, and the fret access is amazing.
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#36
I took the neck and stuck it into the newly carved neck pocket, then drew around the heel with a pencil. I then took a rasp to it and carved it all down to the line, so it blends very nicely into the body. Consequently, this did make the heel a lot smaller, but the neck pocket was already tiny, so it makes no difference.
So I carved, then sanded the entire neck up to 220 and started giving refinishing it with tung oil. This time I'm giving it more coats and giving the coats lots of time to soak in. This is the third coat so far. I gave the first coat 12 hours to soak in, then buff in between coats with steel wool. After that, every 4 hours I recoat.


Here you can see the heel where I carved it. It blends pretty well.
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#38
Alright the neck is done. I think I did 4 or 5 coats. It's super shiny after buffing, so it's done for me. Super smooth and fast.
This is it dry.

Here's the heel.

The neck with the body.

I'm filling those gaps in the neck pocket right now.
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#39
I bolted the neck on today. I didn't have a sharp enough drill bit to recess those washers, so I decided to go without them and just recess the screws. It looks like shit now, but once it's painted and smooth, it'll look good.

EDIT: I also crowned the frets and polished them. I'm gonna get a new wraparound with saddles to replace the one I have now. I am also going to replace the pickup with an EMG 81 from another guitar. This guitar is going to be my workhorse until my build is finished.
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Last edited by salsawords at Jul 15, 2010,
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I just got back from a week at the beach, so I hadn't really done much for a while. I had been helping my friend refinish a 1971 fender bronco he got from his dad. It was originally red and we're repainting it baby blue. So far we're on color coats.

Having learned a lot from that project, I started priming my guitar.
I have done one can, then filled gaps with bondo, then I did another can today. The carves turned out very good, and I'm very pleased. I think tomorrow I'll fill the grain in with bondo, then one final can of primer. After that is color, which will be a surprise.



I also ordered some parts yesterday. This guitar should be done pretty soon.
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