[NGD] Ibanez Universe MC Tribute

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  1. Haipong

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    Hey guys,


    My son Gabriel born last year on the 14th of August :smile_big:, and since his first days here at home he always look with close attention to my guitars, especially the JSBDG :wink2:

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    So i said to myself: "Son i will give you the Universe", and so i did :smile2:

    After searching for a few days, i found most parts i needed to build a UVMC tribute.

    Contacted Christopher Woods, and he built me a fantastic UV body and Blue DNA pickguard

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    I was in doubt if i would ask a custom neck, but after a strong search, i found a NOS UV7BK neck! WOW

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    Got the pyramid inlays from Inlay & Cia ( Inlay e Cia ) Brazil, many thanks William

    Half way was done, but now the tricky part! Making the swirl. There is a lot of info on how to make a swirl over the web and YT.
    So i took a dive on the process, got some good inputs and tips from a close friend who made some good swirls:

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    Making swirls is not an easy task, it takes a lot time, persistence and will.

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    Locked and loaded, now for primer and swirl time!!!

    I made a few trials first, and the result was this baby! My first swirl:

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    After the clear coat i installed The terminator EVO Kit from Mad Hatter Guitars, you can never go wrong with these! Many thanks Ed!

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    While waiting for the neck to come back from my luthier:

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  2. Haipong

    Haipong SS.org Regular

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    Continuing:

    And yes, i did another swirl while waiting :wink2:

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    I made the PIA PMC just for fun, i was not assembling the full guitar, so sold it. Went to a good home in Scotland! Take care of it Gary :smile2:

    So the neck arrived! And the fun part begins:

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    Also got a UV1000C case for it, and here is the final result:

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    And Gabriel approved it :angel:

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    A very special thanks to Christopher Woods for the body and pickguard, Sebastian for UV7BK Green Blaze pickup set,

    Mario from Guitar Lounge in Austria for the neck and tremolo parts, Mad Hatter Guitar for the electronic, Rich from IbanezRules for some parts and info,

    Inlay and Cia for the pyramid inlays, Luthier Mário Filipe Brandão and some close friends who back me up on this project.

    Until Gabriel can play this wild one, i will take care of it.

    On the Ibanez Universe booklet:

    The Ibanez Universe 7 String

    "If you are into playing Rock and Roll, well just crank it up and start pumpin´away at a low 5th or an open D chord. Prepare to move some air"


    Best regards everyone and stay safe.

    Cheers,
    H.
     
  3. IbanezDaemon

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    Great work all round! Those swirls are KILLER!!!!
     
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    Wow, amazing work!
     
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  6. Haipong

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    Thank you :)
     
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    nice...
     
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    I'm floored by this. So, so good!
     
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    Hell yeah buddy
     
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    Stunning! I love it when people put together amazing stuff like this. I can't believe that NOS neck.. what a find!
     
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    Absolutely awesome
     
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    Great project! Congrats!
    Unbelievable that after 20+ years there are still NOS UV7 necks available.
     
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    Most welcome. I have of course seen these before but they look better each time! You should do a thread on your J Custom as well.
     
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    That is badass.
     
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    Best thread of 2021 so far
    Best Dad of 2021 ez

    HNGD, and happy belated new-person day, man. That swirl came out awesome, he's gunna love it.
     
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    I LOVE this! LOVE IT! Amazing job and such a special tribute to your son! :mf666:
     
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    Amazing! I love that.

    Who put the inlays in for you?
     
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    This is awesome. This is all absolutely awesome.
     
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    My luthier installed the inlays. He carve the neck and used the removed wood to fill the gaps on the 12th and 24th green dots. This way the grain on the fret board is the same and almost unnoticeable. Cheers :yesway:
     
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    absolutely gorgeous, nice work mate
     
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