#1
I wanna make an EVH Replica (second thread on the page haha) But ive got a few questions about getting started.

I can get the Body, Neck, and Floyd from Warmoth for something around 700-800 Dollars total, but i also have a friend with a (crappy) starter kind of guitar that hed be willing to just give me. id still need to buy the Floyd Rose, and Route for a Humbucker, but will the Crappyness of the actual Guitar affect the tone that Much? And is there anywhere with the parts i need Cheaper?

Second, im in Need of a Pickup! SD used to make an EVH Signature Pickup, but i cant really find any info about it other than an old custom shop section of their site. is it even produced any more?

Thirdly, is my list of Materials Complete?

- Guitar Body
- Neck
- Blue Painters Masking Tape
- Pickup
- Volume Pot
- Tone Knob (sticking true to EVH!)
- Fender Pickguard i can Cut off
- Black, Red, White, and Clear spray Paint (Kryon, i belive is a good brand)
- Floyd Rose Tremolo System
- Router for getting a humbucker, and Floyd in
- Exacto Knife
- 80 Grit Sand Paper

Thanks in Advance, and Ill be Sure to Update the Thread with lots Of Pictures once the Building of the Guitar Starts! its my First one
#2
http://www.eddievanhalen.com/evh/

That site has loads and loads of info on building your own Frankenstrat.

And if you have the cash you could buy a Bare Knuckle VH2 humbucker, it'll nail the bown sound.
Last edited by Dettol666 at Jun 3, 2008,
#3
a lot of those crappy strat type of guitars have the pickup cavities already routed for humbuckers, despite weather or not it has a single coil. so you just have to remove the pickguard to see.

for a pickup, i say just get a Seymour Duncan Screamin Demon. very nice classic rock sound, + it would be an excellent choice for an EVH replica.

the only problem i see is gonna be routing the vintage type trem body for a floyd without messing it up.

and how are you doin the finish? Charvel makes the EVH guitars with 100% perfect finishes and a full pickguard. the real EVH replicas are all ****ted up and look like they've been through hell. if your gonna do it EVH, i say do it the real EVH way

edit: also, with your list, you should use, from my own experiance, Acrylic Lacquer paints. Kryon is primarily has Enamel paints. and your gonna need a lot more, different grit sandpapers. you'll need 80, 120, 320, 600, then maybe 1000

edit2: oh and TS, since this is your first build, if you need any help, with anything, send me an Email. if u want it, ill PM it to u. im in a helpful mood.
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Last edited by bjovi400 at Jun 3, 2008,
#4
^ Thanks man! For the Finish i was going to Do a couple coats of Spray (black, then white, Then red, then clear?) And maby add a carfully placed scratch or two, Cigarette burns, and im going to try and Age the pickup selector in salt water - all of course with a picture for reference-, and try and maby burn-age the Tone Knob? not entirely sure about how to do that bit. Im deffinitly trying to make it less pretty than the art series though i just read as well on the site the guy above posted about using 1000 grit paper to kinda help age it.
#5
yo Tubyboulin, check ur pms

i used the old pm system btw, not the profile one
Peavey XXX combo *upgraded screen resistors, Tung-Sol's, and 6L6's*
Schecter Syn Std. * modded, scalloped, and worn*
Schecter C-1 Elite *still sexy*
Ibanez AEL 12-string

"He who sticks his dick in peanut butter is fucking nuts"
#6
Quote by Dettol666
http://www.eddievanhalen.com/evh/

That site has loads and loads of info on building your own Frankenstrat.

And if you have the cash you could buy a Bare Knuckle VH2 humbucker, it'll nail the bown sound.


Know how much the pickup will cost to get into Canada? Im probobly gonna be using the crappy guitar instead of warmoth, so yeah im gonna need all the Tone help i Can get
#8
^ For now, i think im gonna slap in my Gibson 490 (498? i dunno its the bridge one) from my SG that i had lying around, should get started this weekend and my friend is helping me. anyone know of any Tape diagrams (shows where to put the tape?)

I was wondering what kind of bridge i should order though? ive decided to go For a Fixed bridge actually, because of the simplicity. maby someday ill change to a floyd but for now, keepin it simple. im looking on Warmoth but im not sure which fit a Fender vintage styled tremolo. im not afraid of routing the bugger though! i was looking at the flat schaller one
#9
im building a black and white, no red paint, and i cant find any taping diagrams so i have a collection of loads nd loads of pictures that i can reference from any angle, bu if you do find one PM me would you?
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#10
you really shouldnt use an exact diagram, you should do it without copying exact. it would make it a bit more personal, yet EVH, and less like an exact copy. but thats all just my opinion
Peavey XXX combo *upgraded screen resistors, Tung-Sol's, and 6L6's*
Schecter Syn Std. * modded, scalloped, and worn*
Schecter C-1 Elite *still sexy*
Ibanez AEL 12-string

"He who sticks his dick in peanut butter is fucking nuts"
#11
yeah i probs should but, i got this guitar for free and have always loved van halen, so i thught ill try to copy it exact, my next build hopefully a telecaster for metal, will be more personal
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#12
Yeah im not going to spend 10 minutes for each Piece of Tape, just a General Location of it. Id probobly end up accidentally taping the colours in backwards otherwise

And a small update, my friend is selling me the guitar for 50$ (i think) and so now i just have to get the sand paper and paint and i should be ready to re-finish the guitar this weekend if time allows.