#1
What I'm thinking of doing, basically, is getting a cheap ass normal guitar, then altering nearly everything on it.

This is some (or all) or the things i wish to either replace or alter:

- Colour, i will sand the other paint off, then put my own on.

- Scratch plate, presumably the originall guitar will have one so i will replace it with one that lights up (look on ebay if you have seen them before)

- Inlays, i want light up inlays aswell, but would i be able to fit them, or would i need to put a new neck on the guitar?

- bridge, i will be changing the standard trem bridge into a floating floyd rose style one (though i may ask a guitar specialist to do that, because it involves cutting away the guitar)

- Nut, obviously for a floyd rose i will need a locking nut

- Pickups, not quite sure yet but i will probably go with Hot Rails for the bridge and neck pickups

- All the electronics will be re-joined etc etc obviously.


So yeah.....my main worry is the neck. To change the inlays, AND fit a locking nut, would i need to get a whole new neck? If so, can you get ones like that and how much are they ish?
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Last edited by rockdude375 at Sep 20, 2007,
#2
You won't need to change the neck but you may need to change the fingerboard.
You'd be better off getting them to supply a neck with the LED's ready fitted for the inlays.
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#3
Could work,
Just make sure you can afford it beforehand so you dont end up leaving the job half done,
and provide piccies, thatll motivate people to offer more help.

What style guitar do you plan doing this to?
and do you know what your in for with a floyd rose?
make sure you really need one, cause otherwise your going to find yourself having lots of fun with 20minute tuning sessions, and more than likely string tension issues.
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#4
You can install LEDs in the fretboard, BUT.... You have to remove the fretboard first, drill out the original dots, glue the LEDs in, wire them up, cut a channel for the wiring, reinstall the fretboard, and then radius sand the LEDs to match the fretboard surface. On top of all that, you still need a way to easily run the wires into the body. It's waaay more trouble than it's worth. If you really want a lighted fretboard that bad, just buy one with the LEDs installed. Installing them yourself is a great way to ruin a good neck and waste a bunch of money on a crappy looking job. Believe me, I've tried...
#5
Make sure you get a guitar with a body made out of decent wood, if you're going to spend a lot upgrading it. (you don't really want to work on a plywood bodied guitar, unless you're keeping it really cheap)
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#6
i dont recomend it.
say the bridge for instance. alot of ppl talka bout replacing the bridge with a floyd rose but its not as simple as it may seem. first you want a OFR and not some cheap knock off so tahts about 200 right there. at the same time your gona have to take chunks of wood out of your guitar to make teh bridge fit. and the thing about that is that if u take the wood off on your gutiar then its gona lsoe tone and losing tone from a cheap gutiar is really really bad tone. also the dimensions of a locknig nut is much wider than jsut a regular nut. your gona have to cut the head stock off then glue a piece of wood on then the headstock back on and thats gona make it lose tone as well and durability. if you get a neck with that installed already thats gona cost you another 250. so youve already spent about 450 given that you can do all the work yourself and lost much of the tone of your guitar and when you try to sell it the price will ahve gone up very little if none. in fact my friend jsut bought a gibson 59 reissue with a floyd rose on it for 1300 which is really really cheap. im not sure if it was the bridge but everything else was teh same. my suggestion is if your getting a strat knock off then just keep the bridghe or get a regular fender bridge or maybe even a piezo so no routing has to be done to your guitar. then the rest sounds alright....althought ive never actualy heard the rseults of the lit up inlays.
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i dont recomend it.
say the bridge for instance. alot of ppl talka bout replacing the bridge with a floyd rose but its not as simple as it may seem. first you want a OFR and not some cheap knock off so tahts about 200 right there. at the same time your gona have to take chunks of wood out of your guitar to make teh bridge fit. and the thing about that is that if u take the wood off on your gutiar then its gona lsoe tone and losing tone from a cheap gutiar is really really bad tone. also the dimensions of a locknig nut is much wider than jsut a regular nut. your gona have to cut the head stock off then glue a piece of wood on then the headstock back on and thats gona make it lose tone as well and durability. if you get a neck with that installed already thats gona cost you another 250. so youve already spent about 450 given that you can do all the work yourself and lost much of the tone of your guitar and when you try to sell it the price will ahve gone up very little if none. in fact my friend jsut bought a gibson 59 reissue with a floyd rose on it for 1300 which is really really cheap. im not sure if it was the bridge but everything else was teh same. my suggestion is if your getting a strat knock off then just keep the bridghe or get a regular fender bridge or maybe even a piezo so no routing has to be done to your guitar. then the rest sounds alright....althought ive never actualy heard the rseults of the lit up inlays.


Don't really listen to people that try to put you off like that.
I'd say go for it, it's gonna cost some amount, but if your willing to put the time into doing this and making it work correctly, go for it!

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