#1


alright what would be some good mods to do to this guitar? it'll be either for blues or metal, I've already tapped the humbucker and its my project guitar so all ideas are welcome.
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'77 Harmony
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Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#2
black it out?

seriously though my guess is you will definitely need a new trem and new tuners. new pickups maybe.
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#4
well the pickups aren't too bad in it and neither are the tuners, i blocked the trem i already have a guitar with a good one in it so i really don't want another trem guitar. i forgot to mention i don't really want to spend that much money on it considering i got it for pretty much free.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#6
i mean, when i hear the word mod, i think...money and time. So if you don't wanna spend money then just put some stickers on it and call it a day.
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#7
well i didn't say i wouldn't spend any money but i don't want to spend 50 bucks on a pickup in a guitar that would be fine without new ones, and you don't have to spend money to mod something.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#8
If it stays in tune good, then don't get tuners, but I can't see a strat knockoff staying in tune well. Grover tuners would be good though. If you do want pickups, try looking used. Craigs list is great if you can find some, and ebay is good too.
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Custom 4x12 Halfstack (w/ Veteran 30's)
#9
well since i blocked the trem it stays in tune fairly well, and besides as long as it doesn't like go out of tune in less than like a song i'm good because i can tune fairly quickly and i honestly am fine with the pickups it has in it, i guess i'm just looking for a mod like putting some cool effects in it or something, i did like the killswitch idea, i'm kinda looking for more electronic based mods more than anything right now, and on a side note how hard would it be to sand it down and just leave it bare wood?
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#10
I don't think it would be hard to sand down, you would need to use a pretty high grit. What you should do is make it like like a road worn strat. Those are cool.

If it stays in tune enough to where its ok to you then that's good, you might as well leave it. But my guitars with Grover's stay pretty much in tune for a long time. A kill switch would be a good idea for you. Also, the LED behind your pickups would be cool too. I'm thinking about doing that sometime soon.
***Guitars***
Epiphone Les Paul Custom AP (w/ 2 Seymour Duncans)
Jackson Dx10D Dinky (w/ DiMarzio PAF Bridge)
Epihpone Hummingbird

***Amps***
Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 100 (Voodoo Modified)
Custom 4x12 Halfstack (w/ Veteran 30's)
#11
hmmm a road worn strat? whats that? and i just realized its probably made out of basswood so sanding it down to a natural finish wouldn't be to smart
and at a low enough volume my coil tap switch works as one haha but its a switch and not a button. I'm liking these ideas.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#13
right, the two single coils phase when you pick both of them and i already tapped the bucker.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#15
hmmm i kinda like that but i'm good with my current wiring but if i can't think of anything else good to do i'll do that
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#16
i just thought of something, what about wiring it with a SPDT switch for the neck and bridge pups and then put a pot to turn on the middle pot. i know how i would wire up the bridge and neck but how would i wire the middle pick up to the pot?
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

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Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#18
well i guess i could sand it down and if i don't like it just spray it cherry red. what woods are supposed to be good for like unpainted look?
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#19
if you sand it down and it looks rad, keep it...you should put a clear coat on it just to protect the wood, though. this is assuming the guitar isn't made of plywood. but if you sand it down and it is plywood, you might get a nice top layer, but that arm carve will show the different layers of wood.

personally i almost exclusively prefer a natural finish regardless of grain/wood figuring

common cheap woods are alder and basswood, among others...alder is decent looking, basswood is very plain with light grain. with some stain it looks pretty sweet depending on color choice
#20
i just looked it up it is basswood and has a rosewood fingerboard (i'd prefer maple) but how could i get out the little dents in it? they look like someone took a philips screwdriver and stabbed it and turned it.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#21
there's a way you can pull the dents out of the body using a damp rag and a soldering iron. i don't remember the exact procedure but you can experiment at your leisure as it's an experimenting guitar anyway. if it's a chip or other wood removal you're out of luck...a dent will work because the wood's just compressed.

and you'll definitely want a clearcoat, basswood is so soft and dentable even with a solid finish on it
#22
yeah, i've got 2 guitars that are basswood and i'm so freakin careful with them its not funny haha but would it look better stained or natural since it has the rosewood fretboard, i think i might have to stain it kinda dark but i'm not sure and also do you know anything about wiring?
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#23
the light/dark contrast is kinda cool, but ultimately it's up to you. go to your hardware shop and see what kinds of stains are available and compare it to your fretboard, and go from there. sometimes they can mix up different color stains (green/red/etc) which gives you lots of options.

i have a passing knowledge of wiring but nothing super sophisticated...i've done coil splits but that's about the extent of it
#24
alright well i was thinking of wiring it where the middle pup is controled by a pot, would i wire the hot wire to both contacts on the pot and then run the ground like all the other ones?
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#26
volume, i'm going to have a STDP to switch from the neck to bridge and if i want the middle i'd turn the pot on. if that makes sense
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#28
thats how they're wired up now so i'm gonna go with that and i should probably check and see if i have a 3 pos. switch that way i could have just the bridge too but anyways back to the finish, if i clearcoat it will it have that shiny look to it or will it look like just natural wood?
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#30
alright, i'll head over to the painting and re-finishing thread and see what i can find. thanks for all the help.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#33
already done but it did really help, hum sucks haha

no problem dude update the thread as you go so we can see progress and so if you run into other roadblocks you can ask

alright will do
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#34
alright little change up, I'm going to either fix the trem bridge or buy a new one, i need to get the bar if i'm just going to fix it up and as for the wiring I'm just going to sacrifice the middle position and use a pot a 2 position switch cause thats all i have and i never use the middle for anything other than phasing anyway.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#35
You could put some wood filler in it.



That is a Road worn strat.
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Epiphone Les Paul Custom AP (w/ 2 Seymour Duncans)
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Custom 4x12 Halfstack (w/ Veteran 30's)
#36
nice except I don't think my rosewood fretboard and opauqe black finish could pull that off so i'm going with the unfinished natural look. and also i could use some help with my wiring.
Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo
#37
alright i have it almost all the way sanded down and have the rewiring done and scalloped from the 12th fret to the 22nd so now all i really need to do is decide how i'm going to finish it. I was thinking about just clear coating it like it is but then i thought i might just stain it or paint it blue like the old fender mustangs. suggestions?



Guitars:
LTD F-50
Yamaha EG-112
'77 Harmony
Roadworn Starcaster
Gretsch G5120

Amps:
Vypyr 15
Epiphone Valve Junior combo