#1
EDIT: You guys wanted pics of the final finish. Well here they are.
Yes that actually stands for something! Its a late guitar build completion day for me!

Late because I had planned on making a thread on this when I was done, but unfortunately got banned.

I didn't put this in GB&C because this isn't really me describing the build process step by step. More so a review on the finished product.

Anyways, enough jib jab, here we go.

I took the body of a Jackson DK2S (the one with the sustainer, yum ) and the neck of a DXMG. I chose the DXMG because I wanted reverse headstock with regular sharkies. And for a low end guitar, Jackson made a quality neck complete with binding.



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Last edited by itchy guitar at Oct 18, 2010,
#2
Stuck in an OFR, a Bareknuckle Holy Diver, and even installed a killswitch.


I absolutely LOVE IT. I'm very picky when it comes to aesthetics and custom shop isn't exactly within my budget so making parts mutts is what I prefer.

The body is exactly what you would expect. Alder, run of the mill Dinky. Which is great. The neck is the same dimiensions as my previous Jackson. Nice and thin. Easy to go fast and comfortable too!

The OFR is light years ahead of the licensed trem on my last Jackson. I have yet to take off the locking bolts on the neck side to tune.

The killswitch is fun and SO EASY to install. I recommend it to everyone that has a spare tone pot that they are willing to sacrifice. Playing Buckethead has never been the same.

The sustainer is awesome, yet a little over rated I think. I only ever use it in normal mode. Mix and Harmonic modes are tad silly to me. I might use them every once in a while at the end of songs to provoke some feedback. Thats about it. But in normal mode, it adds to everything. Playing melodies on one string without picking sounds dark, almost haunting.

I decided against a middle pickup becuase I would never use it anyways and now when I select the middle pickup, it plays the bridge but at a significantly cut output. Its almost like I have a clean channel ON the guitar. Almost. Not quite, but almost. YOu can still hear a bit of the gain come through.

And now my favorite part, the pickup. I can not say enough good things about this pickup. Bare Knuckle is THE BOMB. I play in drop D and the Holy Diver retains all clarity on the low notes. At the same time, harmonics just jump out of the fretboard. (Think Satch) The pickup as a whole creates this nice, thick, mid heavy sound that just screams when you push it and gets crystal clear when you roll back on the colume knob.

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Now there is only one thing left to do, and that is to get it painted! Through a mutual friend, I found an airbrush artist in town that is willing to do it for cheap.

I plan on putting this graphic on it:




On the guitar like so:



Of course, the pickup won't be darker like that. I did that just to help distinguish that the pickup is there. Oh yea, I did that mock up before I decided on not having a middle pickup, so just pretend that it isn't there.


In all, I am in love with this guitar. There is not one thing that I dislike about it. I seriously can not put it down. and that's a month after its been done! I 110% recommend that if you don't care about resale value to build your own parts mutts. Why settle for only having some things you want on a single guitar when you can have it all? Not to mention how much of a learning experience it was. I have a completely renewed understanding on how the different parts of a guitar work together to create a playable instrument. I think everyone should build a guitar if only for the educational experience.

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Last edited by itchy guitar at Jul 25, 2010,
#3
Awesome guitar dude! When you finish it though, are you gonna finish the pickup ring too, like it is in the picture? It would look better if you didn't IMO. Idk if that's phrased very well, but if the guitar body and pickup is finished, but the pup ring is left black?
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#4
I was thinking about that, but i decided against it because that is the center of attention on the guitar. I think it would be like putting a hole in the middle of a canvas. Of curse I can always have the artist do that last and we can see how it looks without it before going on.

Thanks for the feedback. You raised a good point.
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Last edited by itchy guitar at Jul 25, 2010,
#5
Dude that guitar is made of win. The thing about that guitar is you will love it more then any other guitar you will ever own cause you made it your own.
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#6
Exactly. I think that is actually what I love most about it. No matter how many guitars come and go through my lifetime, this one is staying with me forever.
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#7
very nice sir. That graphic will look sick.
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#8
nice man! i agree with your statement about low end jackson necks being pretty good. i owned a kvx10 for a short while and i really was sad to see the neck go.

so since the mid pup wont be there, is the art going to go into the cavity that is there or will there just be a hole? thats a shame you're painting over the BKP but it really is an important part of the peice going there that can't afford to be left out. speaking of the bkp, i dont know of many people using the holy diver for metal. i always see the warpig, nailbomb, painkiller, or miracle man for those. i have a distressed miracle man in my seven is there anything you dont like about the holy diver?

ive considering getting one of these sustaniac pickups, maybe in the carivn bolt strat im getting soon. but ill go see how much they cost first.

looking forward to seeing the finished peice! dont go and get yourself banned again, at least not before you finish it


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#9
Well, the one thing I don't like about the Holy Diver is that the paint on the cover is rubbing off. Don't know why, apparently it hasn't been a problem with Bare knuckle before. Since tha paint is flaking off anyways, it might as well get painted too. And with no middle pickup, I'm still on the fence if I should just put a dummy pickup cover in there or not. I think I will actually, now that I think about it.

As for the Diver being used for metal, its plenty. I'm more of a fan of the late 80's early 90's Thrash and Progressive scene A la Savatage and Fates Warning. A little example would be this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiHyP3wHae8

It can handle that without a problem. But I can see where Pig Destroyer or something similar might be a bit too much for the Diver to handle.

And I'll try not to get banned because its a perma if I do! But I'm sending the guitar off in about a month So it should be done and back in my hands in 2. Possibly 3. I'll be sure to post more pictures.
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#10
Just dropped my guitar off at the airbrush artist's house!


We had to negotiate a little on the artwork and made some adjustments.



We had to make everything a little bigger, so I just started putting the highlights of the picture wherever they would go. I actually think it looks better this way though.


I should have the guitar back in a week and a half! I'll make sure to post plenty of pictures for you guys.
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#11
shoudlve filled the middle pickup with wood filler.
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#12
Dude that is awesome, give us a real photo when its done...
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#13
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shoudlve filled the middle pickup with wood filler.



no he should not have.

woodfiller would slowly overtime make a pit out of that, then crack, ruining the finish. the way to do it would be cut a piece of wood out that would fill it up pretty much completely, then using woodfiller on the creases.


why people think you can do that is beyond me
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#14
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shoudlve filled the middle pickup with wood filler.


Nahh, no need to make things complicated. I'm just going to put a 3 dollar dummy pickup cover in there as soon as I get off my lazy ass and order one.
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#15
definitely looking forward to seeing this thing come together. awesome ideas!
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Because you guys wanted to see photos of it after being painted, here they are.
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badass !
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#19
OM NOM NOM NOM although imo guitars with a graphic like that on the body look better with a matching headstock or atleast a headstock with the same colour scheme- but thats just my opinion and i still think its very sexy the way it is
#20
You know, I was actually thinking about that when I put it all together. Maybe its a project for another time.


And by the way, your avatar isn't so sneaky on UG Black.
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#22
was this painted right on the black finish or was that sanded down to wood then refinished? Awesome job
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#23
I'm assuming that it wasn't sanded down all the way to the wood, but rather had the black finished scuffed up so that a layer of primer would stick to it.
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#25
how much did the paint job cost. its sick!!
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#28
****ing awesome! I have that savatage album, and I always thought the cover art was incredible. nice guitar man!
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Because you guys wanted to see photos of it after being painted, here they are.



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****ing awesome! I have that savatage album, and I always thought the cover art was incredible. nice guitar man!


Its definitely one of my favorite albums of all time. Gary Smith has some inhuman talent in airbrushing.


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#32
whoa
that is extremley nice is that man
im quite jealous
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whoa
that is extremley nice is that man
im quite jealous


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#35
I knew the guy that did it, so it was 400 for the paint job and another 200 for the clear coat. So 600 in total.

I really should take this out of my sig so it stops getting necrobumped
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#40
So epic!
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