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Unread 01-26-2011, 10:38 AM   #1
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Question MCS 11 String Concept

Hey Everybody, looking at MCS guitars for my first custom but I need ideas about what sort of bridge I could use. But first, about the guitar.

My idea was born from the Moser 10/6 model, which the rest of the world knows as the BCR "Bich". All I'm doing is taking a standard 10 stringer and adding a 7th to it (B, E, A, dD, gG, bB, eE). I know it will work if I could, somehow, get my hands on a BCR QUAD 7 bridge but I'm not sure what other options I have. One of the other options I have considered is using a 7 string TOM and having the strings first 7 pass through the body and the other 4 terminate at the end (like a regular 10 string).

I'd really like to keep the look and feel of a wraparound bridge. I know that TonePros advertises some custom shop possibilities but I don't know if they specifically work with luthiers or take individual orders.

Any Ideas?

BTW: I'm sure that this particular setup has been done by BCR before. 4 or 5 years ago I found pictures of an 11 string setup. If anyone has a copy of those pics I'd love to take a look at them.

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Unread 12-19-2012, 09:46 AM   #2
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Okay, so allparts stocks the last known 7 string wraparound in gold only [7-String Stud Mount | Allparts.com]. Does anybody have any thoughts about powder coating it?

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Okay, so allparts stocks the last known 7 string wraparound in gold only [7-String Stud Mount | Allparts.com]. Does anybody have any thoughts about powder coating it?

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Apart from anything else, thanks for this! I've been wondering where a supply of quality 7-string bridges in TOM-type configurations could be found.

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Have you contacted Neal about the bridge? I think there was someone else on the Moser forum that was interested in an 11-string Moser as well... Though it's been a few years.

Not sure about Tonepros custom shop but ABM can do custom work too.
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Thanks for the replies guys. BTW. I was able to track down a picture of the original BCR Koa Bich on their facebook page. Not a fan of the EMGs but it's still a cool concept


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Okay, so allparts stocks the last known 7 string wraparound in gold only [7-String Stud Mount | Allparts.com]. Does anybody have any thoughts about powder coating it?

Jordan
The powder coating would scratch off the first time you string it up. If you aren't completely attached to the tunomatic setup, Gotoh makes dual saddles for 12 string hardtail strat bridges. You could use a standard 7 string hardtail with 4 of those saddles and 3 regular saddles.
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Buckethead's white LP Custom has powder coated hardware... I think they may have just gently rubbed off the powder around the string grooves and on the intonation screw threads before baking.
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Does anybody have any thoughts about powder coating it?
I have a thought: don't bother. Gold is the best colour of hardware easy!
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Did a little research last night and I think I've come up with an alternative to the wraparound. I came accross a picture of an early 8-string Bich bass that had a TOM bridge on it. The main 4 terminated at the stop-tail and the 4 resonant strings passed under the stop-tail and terminated at the tuners. Essentially, the stop-tail serves two purposes: a. as a base for the main strings and 2. as a string tree to guide the resonant strings. Haven't sketched out how this is going to look but it might just do the trick if I can't get my hands on a Quad 7 or an alternate color for the ABM wraparound.

Not hating on gold; gold is a great color, just not what I had in mind for this build.

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I know; I know; I'm resurrecting an old thread but I just thought that y'all might want to take a look at these:







I decided that an Ibanez Gibraltar Custom bridge would work perfectly because you can place the ferrules closer to the bridge allowing me to keep the classic bich cutout as opposed to a more shallow sweep found on the kahler & T.O.M. equipped guitars. Might be a PITA get one but any Ibby dealer can order it from the factory. Full specs for each guitar are listed in the description at my photobucket gallery: The Bich Gallery Photos by spacecadet23 | Photobucket. The only question now is which one is my favorite?

BTW can you believe that I created these using nothing but microsoft powerpoint?!

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That..is so incredibly sexy and unique. I forgive you for resurrecting. And oh, the power of microsoft office.
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Sorry about this guys, the photobucket links are all fubar. Once again, here is the eye candy.

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Another Gallery Addition

Took some inspiration from the Tosin Abasi & Chris Broderick sig's and came up with this snowy white beauty.

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Looks good, I especially dig the natural quilt look. Or go with a lighter trans blue... nealmoser.com Guitar Photos 9

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Looks good, I especially dig the natural quilt look. Or go with a lighter trans blue... nealmoser.com Guitar Photos 9
Here ya' go; my tribute to the infamous "Swimming Pool Bich", appropriately named "Salacia" after the roman goddess of the ocean.

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With the holidays coming up I was once again inspired to create another vGuitar. This one features Benedetto B7 pups and a switching/preamp system that is based off of the "swimming pool" bich. I know they're jazz pups but, surprisingly, they handle distortion/drive really well and, when you coil tap them they can produce convincing strat/tele sounds. Really surprised with these and, besides, they just look friggin' cool.

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