#1
so i recently picked up an LTD f-400fm and the guy i got it from just had a soft case. the more and more i played it, i thought this thing needs a hardshell case........but the one ESP makes for the f-series doesnt fit the mine for some reason. at least thats what musicians friend says.
so i decided to build one that will fit my guitar. ill get pics up tonight. i have the bottom made and the foam cut. need to make the sides, top, latches, hinges and the handle. oh and its shaped like a coffin
if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

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#3
What kind of foam did you use for this? I've always wanted to try using that spray can foam and let it rise up around my instrument so that it fit it like a glove.
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#4
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What kind of foam did you use for this? I've always wanted to try using that spray can foam and let it rise up around my instrument so that it fit it like a glove.


What happens when you guitar is cemented in foam?
#6
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Wrap it in seran wrap possibly?

You still have to get it out of the foam.
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#7
You lay a plastic bag (garbage bag) over the unrisen foam and set your guitar on top. The foam will rise around the sides. Pick the guitar up, pull the bag off, and cut it so it's level.
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#8
^ this
or maybe cover the back of the guitar in a wax so it wont stick to it.

The bag method would work better for the top, since you really woudnt wanna mess with the foam getting all up in the strings and whatnot
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#9
Use a 2 foot wide piece of shrinkwrap. The stuff retail stores wrap pallets of crap with. Or yeah, plastic wrap the guitar but make sure the foam can't get into the wrap.
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#10
foam insulation. any hardware store/home improvement stores sell it. the pink or blue stuff would be best.....im using blue cause i had some leftover from doing my garage
if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#11
ok heres a couple pics.....im probably not going to do anymore tonight....im tired and drunk. might work on it a little tomorrow but the blackhawks are on.....so maybe not. more progress this weekend for sure!!!!

just the bottom and the foam


sides being made


if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#12
looks like some really nice, solid work
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#13
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looks like some really nice, solid work


thanks. i really hope its solid...lol. its going to be screwed together as well.

best part about this is the cost so far-FREEBIE!!! just a bunch of crap i had laying around my garage
if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#14
What are you going to cover it with? just finish it with some stain? or cover it in some tolex? You know. Snakeskin tolex always has my vote.
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#15
i have the same f type and i made a case for it just a simple rectangular one but it weighed about 30 pounds empty so i'm waiting to get a jigsaw so i can cut it out to be shaped exacty the shape of my guitar.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#16
oh its getting covered. not sure with what yet. is tolex available at any fabric store?

ya im hoping this is light. the bottom is fairly thin and the top will be thin as well
if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#17
how did you cut the foam to shape? and i'd suggest using memory foam for the neck and are you putting any padding on the top?
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#18
i layed the guitar on it, traced it, and used a jigsaw to cut it.

im going to use the same foam for the neck. i ran out of it, so i need to pick some more up.
if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#19
couple more pics. just the bottom right now. once the glue is dry, ill flip it over and get pics of the top of the bottom. i know the edges look crappy, but once the glue is dry and its nailed together, im going to make the edges smooth.



if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#20
as it sits....sides all glued, just needs to be nailed

if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#21
MOAR PICS!!!!!

sides-done!
foam-done!
"pockets" for strap and stuff-done!





if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#23
I'm sure it's not that tightly fit, even if it is then fingers near the tuning pegs there's a gap...

Also it may be the fact I'm a bit of a perfectoinist but I would not have any wood at all touching my guitar - I would put foam undernearth the body and where touching the neck as well as wood in the lid, oh and as the post above interested me I'd make some fingers holes to help you grab it. by the neck or body but thats just me and some constructive criticism.


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#24
theres enough room to pull it out at the neck. barely, but i did it last night.

its going to be padded under the body, neck and headstock. redish/maroon velvet around the guitar and black under. i might get started on the red tonight or tomorrow. i need to pick up some black velvet, which will be my first investment in the case so far
if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#25
That's awesome man, I was thinking about building one of these and still think I will


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#26
looks very nice, i agree with james i wouldn't let any wood of any kind touch my guitar but anyways whats the weight of the whole thing cause it looks like it hasn't been moved off the work table which is exactly what i did
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#27
oh its moved. thats just my work table. its pretty light, im terrible at guessing weights so im not going to even try.
but i finally got around to making the lid and gluing some of the fabric in. but i did run out of glue, so dont mind the fact that it looks kinda crappy.
there are no hinges on it yet, i just set it there for pic purposes



if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."
#28
Nice dude, looks solid. How heavy is that beast so far?
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#29
no idea.....i am terrible at guessing weights. ill weight once its done
if i did have all my gear in my sig, id have to change it weekly

"I tried to talk to you and you just kept playing"
"Well why didn't you pull out your boobies?"
"You were busy, I didn't think that would matter."
"Boobies always matter, always."