So I Butchered a COW7 (56k fired up the barbecue, I mean router)

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  1. wannabguitarist

    wannabguitarist SS.org Regular

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    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:
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    (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:yesway:
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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:yesway:) 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.

    And for Sebastian:lol::
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  2. Rick

    Rick ALL HAIL DJOD

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    I think it looks pretty damn good! :metal:
     
  3. Elysian

    Elysian Banned

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    looks great, who did the work?
     
  4. Thin_Ice_77

    Thin_Ice_77 You'll never make it

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    Butchered? Majorly improved. Looks better, more versatile... very nice job!
     
  5. sworth9411

    sworth9411 Banned

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    This looks tits......amazing nice clean work.....Jackson should have offered this to begin with as well....bravo.
     
  6. Sebastian

    Sebastian Poland CEO / RHLC ©

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    Looks "original" :lol:

    Really great man ! awesome job !
     
  7. caughtinamosh

    caughtinamosh SS.org-er

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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 :yesway:.

    EDIT - I meant "with only bridge pickups." :fawk: you Ramsay :).
     
  8. Ramsay777

    Ramsay777 Is an A7X fan

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    Like, for example... a Jazz guitar? :fawk:
     
  9. turmoil

    turmoil l0rd of teh shr3d

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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.
     
  10. AeonSolus

    AeonSolus DO CEO / RHLC ©

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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 ;)
     
  11. Bleak

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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?
     
  12. Ruins

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    very well done dude it looks absolutely great!
    now if it only had a trem..... :ugh: (trem lover, i am guilty) any thought on future butchering..?
     
  13. Sebastian

    Sebastian Poland CEO / RHLC ©

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    I should neg rep you all
    *shakes fists and says some not nice words in polish
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  14. thedonutman

    thedonutman SS.org Regular

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    +1

    Exactly the two questions I wanted to ask. :lol:

    I really want a COW, and the only thing really stopping me is the lack of a neck pickup.
     
  15. wannabguitarist

    wannabguitarist SS.org Regular

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    Thanks for the kind words:metal:

    A trem would be great but I'm not that crazy:lol:

    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?

    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.
     
  16. Thin_Ice_77

    Thin_Ice_77 You'll never make it

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    You like COW7's, we get it.
     
  17. Shinto

    Shinto ss.org lurker

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    +1. I'll get over the fact that the neck is painted if Jackson ever made a H-H COW7.
     
  18. yellowv

    yellowv Turd Ferguson

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    Man thats a clean route job.
     
  19. TimSE

    TimSE SS Contributor

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    i approve
     
  20. 7 Dying Trees

    7 Dying Trees <b><font color="#87F717">Sarcy English Twat</font>

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    Nice work man :)
     

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