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(First pic stock photo of the guitar, 5 way switch H-S-S, tremolo bridge. Will post pics later this week in edit)

Seems like a common guitar in this area. Found my dad's old axe in the attic and absolutely everything was crap/rusted/bent beyond repair so I stripped the thing to the bones. I plan on reapainting it a black flat matte and having it totally black all throughout (pickguard/faceplate, neck if possible, tuning pegs, pickups, knobs, everything)

I need help on 3 main things, and help with pickguard.

1. I want to switch the pickups to a H-H setup, kinda like this but instead, I want 4 knobs (2 tone 2 volume) so is there enough space for that sorta thing or am I gonna have to do some carpentry?
1a. I want a custom pickguard, so is it worth the $45+ from here or do it like nader did and make my own? If it's better to make my own then how do I cut plastic cleanly?

2. Huge difference between this and the Strat is the big hole for electronics as opposed to the fixed hole in a strat. This leaves me asking if only faceplate pickups are possible? If so, how do I go about setting it?

3. I was thinking about replacing the neck but I have no idea on how to check a truss rod, fixing inlays, scalloping, basically anythinginvolving a custom neck. Where's the thread for neck repair/customizing?
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Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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1 - use dragonfire for your pickguard needs. 45$ without electronics or pickups is kind of highway robbery in my opinion. They have all the different routings such as floyd rose, 2 point fulcrum and 6 bolt tremolos. You can even get H/S. You will have to drill some new holes around the contour of the yamaha I can wager money as every company does it slightly differently but it'll be worth it as Dragonfire has many pickguards and materials.

to get a les paul setup you'll definitely have to drill some holes to get the extra two pots. But honestly very , very few guys I know use both tone knobs. When I wire up guitars I usually show them this or that mod to give that 2nd tone knob purpose. I would consider Dimarzio or Alpha push pull pots too to give you more tone possibilities. If you do go with making your own pickguard though get a blank from IKNMusic on ebay. I've bought about 10-20 of them over the past 5 years.

strat vs les paul electronics it comes down to two big differences without really going into it

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250k pots are standard for strat single coils - they produce a warmer sound

500k pots are standard for humbuckers - you can use 250k on humbuckers but they may not be bright enough

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there are different shaft lengths on the pots. Les pauls sometimes have "Tall pots" that help stick out of the face of the body with thick maple caps. 15-18mm is what I'd put on a strat. Sometimes with 18 i use an extra nut if I want everything super flush to the body.

wiring diagrams? seymour duncan has the best diagrams I tell guys, even if you're not using their pickups their diagrams are great. I'd suggest a single volume and two tones or adding a concentric volume to get all the les paul tones you want. But again see what fits your needs. My les paul diagrams are really , really over the top but I kind of have "OCD" that everything has to do something that benefits me.

parts?
tuners - if you see washers and nuts - grover mini rotomatics

polish the frets with micro mesh - 1500 , 12,000 set , it removes all rust without removing any extra material , i've used this on acoustics found on the side of the road kids gave up on to guitars worth over 1000$.

of course a fretboard cleaner goes a long way such as Dunlops

a 6 bolt tremolo if I was to guess it's a made in china 6 bolt tremolo - in ebay you can get one from china for about 5-10$. However I suggest Guitarfetish.com for them , they are like mid ranged at best but if you plan to make music that is my go to

pickups and all are subjective but yeah hope i could help
Last edited by Tallwood13 at Oct 18, 2015,
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I'm trying to post pictures but it tells me the file size is too large (97.7kb limit and all). Any way I can fix that?

Btw, I'm not trying to post progress, just hoping to show you what I have so I can avcurately ask how to carry on.
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

Quote by DBKGUITAR
To be a good lead guitar you must be VERY GOOD AT RYTHM

Quote by MaggaraMarine
My motto: Play what the song needs you to play!