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Unread 02-09-2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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So I Butchered a COW7 (56k fired up the barbecue, I mean router)



I'm pretty sure a lot of you have seen this already because of these threads: Question About Jackson COW 7 String, and Neck Pickup in a COW7 but here are some good pictures of the guitar:


(those silver screws are starting to bother me)

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The new route is actually cleaner and tighter fitting (by a small margin) than the factory one

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I got the idea of routing for a neck pickup idea after owning the guitar for about a month and really missing the neck pickup and a tone knob. My main guitar is a LP so I'm used to having lots of knobs to fiddle with and every time I try not having a neck pickup I get tired of the lack of versatility (imo) after a few weeks. I ended up paying a local luthier (Skip's Music) to do the work because I couldn't trust myself and I would have no way of repairing the finish if I screwed up. In the end the total cost of the guitar came to less than what a Hellraiser would have cost and I got what I feel is a far superior guitar. Also if anyone is on the fence about switching their EMGs to Blackouts I say do it if you can find a set of Blackouts used of if you know you can get a decent amount for the EMGs when you sell them. The Blackouts sound "better" to my ears but I don't know if it's a $175 "better." I'm using a BO neck and a BO bridge in their respective places.

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Unread 02-09-2009, 03:34 PM   #2
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I think it looks pretty damn good!



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looks great, who did the work?
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Unread 02-09-2009, 03:47 PM   #4
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Butchered? Majorly improved. Looks better, more versatile... very nice job!

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This looks tits......amazing nice clean work.....Jackson should have offered this to begin with as well....bravo.
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Looks "original"

Really great man ! awesome job !

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I think guitars with only neck pickups look slightly better, but are obviously lacking in versatility. This, however, is still one sexy COW. You are a very lucky guy .

EDIT - I meant "with only bridge pickups." you Ramsay .
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I think guitars with only neck pickups look slightly better, but are obviously lacking in versatility. This, however, is still one sexy COW. You are a very lucky guy .

Like, for example... a Jazz guitar?
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excellent man! looks super clean.
i've always thought COW7's looked cool but i just don't think i can live with one bridge pickup. i need some kind of neck pickup, whether it be a single or hum.
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Wooow!! a COW never looked better!

EDIT: i was about to suggest the 18V mod but i see you got Blackies fitted in, way to go man

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How much did the routing job run you, roughly?
Also, is there a reason you didn't get the neck pickup close to flush with the fretboard?
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very well done dude it looks absolutely great!
now if it only had a trem..... (trem lover, i am guilty) any thought on future butchering..?
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+1

Exactly the two questions I wanted to ask.

I really want a COW, and the only thing really stopping me is the lack of a neck pickup.
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Thanks for the kind words

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very well done dude it looks absolutely great!
now if it only had a trem..... (trem lover, i am guilty) any thought on future butchering..?
A trem would be great but I'm not that crazy

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looks great, who did the work?
Michael Gardner, he works for Skip's Music in Sacramento. I don't know if he's built any guitars but his repair work looks great. I assume you can't say you're a luthier unless you've done the proper schooling right?

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I was charged $150 for the routing, installation, wiring, and quick setup. I bought the Blackouts for around $110 and the guitar with case and locking tuners for $550 off the classifieds here. There's a gap between the neck and fretboard in case I ever wanted to put passives in the guitar. The rings would have to clear the bevel in the lower horn.
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Exactly the two questions I wanted to ask.

I really want a COW, and the only thing really stopping me is the lack of a neck pickup.
+1. I'll get over the fact that the neck is painted if Jackson ever made a H-H COW7.
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Man thats a clean route job.
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I have a DK7. Yours is better. Nice.
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super super clean work there! I'd like to see one of the camo ones done like that now...
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Michael Gardner, he works for Skip's Music in Sacramento. I don't know if he's built any guitars but his repair work looks great. I assume you can't say you're a luthier unless you've done the proper schooling right?
in my opinion anyone who works on guitars/basses in any professional sense(repair, building, refinishing, etc) could be considered a "luthier", who needs schooling anyways? its all stuff that can be learned on your own if you have the drive. mike sherman wasn't schooled, he's one of the best builders out there
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Looks great. I can't tell you how many times I've thought about having that done to my Custom Shop neckthru COW 7. But I'd have to hand it over to someone I can totally trust to do it.

Although I suppose Sebastian would want to kill me. hahaha
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