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Unread 12-23-2010, 09:58 AM   #26
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Unread 12-23-2010, 12:04 PM   #27
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Very clever build, I am impressed.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 01:08 PM   #28
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The neck pocket looks like it could actually add a bit of stability to the mix, will be interesting to see the finished product. Make sure when you fret it you've got something supporting underneath the fretboard extension.

Also gotta ask, if you've got the ability to build a new neck for it, why not go all out and build a body too? Seems like a lot of time wasted on a rather terrible GIO body...
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Unread 12-23-2010, 05:15 PM   #29
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Also gotta ask, if you've got the ability to build a new neck for it, why not go all out and build a body too? Seems like a lot of time wasted on a rather terrible GIO body...
This might just be the best question so far this year. and it's almoast over.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 09:54 PM   #30
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I didn't have any wood for the body, and besides, the body was already shaped. Lol. That's my only excuse-- it would've been a lot easier to build my own, kuz then I wouldn't have to deal with the pickguard and what not. But oh well.

1st coat of paint went on today-- I'll upload pics after I sand out the runs.
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Unread 12-24-2010, 11:36 PM   #31
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I didn't have any wood for the body, and besides, the body was already shaped. Lol. That's my only excuse-- it would've been a lot easier to build my own, kuz then I wouldn't have to deal with the pickguard and what not. But oh well.

1st coat of paint went on today-- I'll upload pics after I sand out the runs.
Can get wood for pretty cheap. I've tried to go this route before, ultimately I was much happier with the finished product when I built the body myself. While it's a good learning experience, so is starting from scratch
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Unread 12-25-2010, 04:49 PM   #32
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Ugh, my day just got ruined.

Was prepping to route out the pickup holes in the pickguard. Had everything perfect, template double-taped down, and started at it with the router. The god damn tape slipped for whatever reason and gouged a hole in the pickguard. Damn thing is wasted now. So I gotta dish out another 20 bucks to get a new one, which won't be here for almost a week. Totally screws up all my plans.

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Unread 12-25-2010, 05:44 PM   #33
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So lame. Don't let that ruin your day, it probably isn't the first ...., and will not be the last.
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Unread 12-25-2010, 05:57 PM   #34
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As I keep telling myself, at least it wasnt a finger...
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Unread 12-25-2010, 06:37 PM   #35
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I've already got a wooden template finished up to the point where I was, so when I get the new one, it'll come out quicker. So while this is a pain in the ass, and a huge inconveniance, the end result will be better. Oh well.
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Unread 12-25-2010, 07:10 PM   #36
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As I keep telling myself, at least it wasnt a finger...
I ended up cutting off the very tip of my finger in woodshop class making guitars
still, at least it wasn't the whole finger but i'm still to scared to try my own build


to the OP, this guitar is looking amazing, I really like that angled corner on the fretboard
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Unread 12-25-2010, 08:51 PM   #38
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Ugh, my day just got ruined.

Was prepping to route out the pickup holes in the pickguard. Had everything perfect, template double-taped down, and started at it with the router. The god damn tape slipped for whatever reason and gouged a hole in the pickguard. Damn thing is wasted now. So I gotta dish out another 20 bucks to get a new one, which won't be here for almost a week. Totally screws up all my plans.

That happened to me just this weekend while routing my Strat's pickguard for a humbucker in the bridge I was able to save it though because I am so used to routing I barely take out any material per pass, just take my sweet ole time with it. Can't even tell I messed up a little bit, so it all worked out... Don't let it get you down, make sure anytime you attach a template to something it's absolutely securely attached. I use the Scotch double sided tape, it's very thin, clear, and gets a great bond. I place the tape, place my template, then clamp it tightly so that the tape is sure to stick.
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Unread 12-25-2010, 10:37 PM   #39
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Unread 12-25-2010, 10:58 PM   #40
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Haha, I've actually been POUNDING down my templates with the tape now, then firmly pressing on them on the side where the router will touch to make SURE they won't go anywhere.

Anyways, after working all day, here's my final template, next to the original. Part of why I was so ticked was because I had done a lot to it making it look good. The matte look was due to paint that I applied, and the edges were beveled painstakingly by hand. The next one will keep its shiny (i only made it matte because I routed out the first one on the wrong side, DOH) and I'm going to bevel the edges with a router bit.



Here is the guitar, after 1st coat of paint and intense wet/dry sanding with 400 grit. Turns out I did a crappy job filling the grain on the back, and the shellac didn't help much either. I sanded it down a TON, the second pic is the result. While it LOOKS like you can see the grain, I'm hoping that in reality it's perfectly flat and the appearance is just the result of deeper spots. I guess I won't know till I paint the second coat.

You can also see where I routed a little bit on the left side of the cavity to make room for the 7-string pickups.





Btw, that isn't bare wood showing-- its still got shellac over it.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 11:58 PM   #41
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Ahh, time for a much needed update. I've just about finished the neck, all's left to do is spray the poly over it. The body needs a coat of black and then poly. My friend Derek (who I'm building this for) is an awesome artist- he used electrical tape to "draw" an awesome design on the headstock and body. The headstock is finished- the body will be painted black, so his design will show gray.









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Unread 01-25-2011, 01:25 AM   #42
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I am really liking that headstock! How did you achieve that design on the face of it?


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Unread 01-25-2011, 02:22 AM   #43
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The headstock was walnut- I stained it almost pure black, then coated it with spray shellac. My friend then used electrical tape cut into thin slices to create the design- we painted black, then pulled up the tape. It left a really cool effect around the edges- it almost looks like the wood itself is tape that is on the guitar. Haha.
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Unread 01-25-2011, 02:22 AM   #44
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Unread 01-29-2011, 02:15 AM   #46
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Ahhh.. FInished! For the most part. Frets need some more leveling, and I somehow wired the neck pickup wrong (It's an ibanez pickup- I wasn't sure what the color translations were, and I couldn't find anything online). I want to say its currently wired single coil, but I'm not positive- it sounds pretty cool though xD

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Unread 01-29-2011, 09:01 AM   #47
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I started reading this from the beginning today and had no idea how this was going to turn out, but it looks awesome man. Great job!!!
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