Agile custom build, microtonal conversion

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  1. nicomortem

    nicomortem SS.org Regular

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    Hey guys, the is my newest conversion, I have sold off all the previous ones and will be sticking with this guitar, it's an Agile Interceptor 727 custom build, which I ordered back in November of last year. It arrived with multiple issues but I was given a $200 discount, making this an $865 purchase. I just got a gloss black finish, no binding or inlays, single humbucker and all standard features. I did my usual clay dot inlays, offset and the 24-tone fingerboard fretted in quarter steps. I did pretty good this time, didn't get the frets (too) crooked, but the spacing is a little off in the high register, nothing horrible though. Being that it's a neck-thru instrument, I was unable to use my miter box and had to do the fret slots completely free-hand. Taking that into consideration, I am actually quite pleased with the fretwork on this one.

    I replaced the EMG 707 with an 81-7, the same pickup I have had in each of my previous Interceptor conversions, and I applied conductive shielding paint to the control, pickup, tremolo and battery cavities. My bassist and I are working on a companion bass guitar for this instrument, it is a 5-string Agile Septor bass, which is being modified and painted to match my Interceptor as closely as possible. Included is a picture of the bass, which is a work in progress. I'll post a thread with more pics and a description once it is finished, in a week or two.

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  2. Hollowway

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    Nice! This is super cool!
     
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    cool. any resources how to measure microtonal fret placement like you'd find on fretfind? Imaginimg this with fanned frets.
     
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    I'd love to hear how this sounds. Very intriguing and cool build. Thumbs up.
     
  5. ixlramp

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    frahmans, fretfind2D can do microtonal fanned frets.

    KR250 see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry2kBQ1fDqk and other videos on that channel (with earlier guitars). They often use genuine Arabic maqam scales.

    I always convert with the neck attached and have the same problem of aligning the fretsaw.

    Anyone wanting a taste and fairly usable quartertones on a standard guitar can do this http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/music-theory-lessons-techniques/161530-retune-play-quartertone-scales-microtonal-beginners-guide.html
     
  6. bostjan

    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

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    How'd I miss this thread?! Necrobump for updates on the bass.
     
  7. Thrashmanzac

    Thrashmanzac plays in 69/42

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    Nice work man, I know hard ....ing tedious it is to add microtonal frets :s
     
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    What on earth.. what styles of music do you play?
     
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    Now, that looks just like an Interceptor would be expected to me :agreed:
     

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