Pimping my Dave Mustaine Zero

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    I originaly bought a Pitbull kit but life happened, I needed money so I cancelled my order and got a refund. I still want to have fun on a guitar project tho so I'm pimping my Dean Zero to make it my own. I got it as a birthday gift last year from a friend and honestly, I love that guitar. It plays great, the neck profile is one of my favorites and it handles low tunings fairly well. But there are two things I don't love: the graphics and the pickups.

    Mods I'm doing:
    - Neck finish is going away to leave it bare wood.
    - Neck pickup is also going away, I'm filling the cavity and will make this a single humbucker guitar. If I fail, I'll probably just put a pickguard to cover it.
    - For the finish, I'm still not 100% sure of what I'll do but as my first time, I'll try to keep it simple. I have a few experienced friends who offered to help.
    - EMG 81
    - Probably will try to dye the fretboard to make it darker

    Wish me luck! Stay tuned for more
     
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    Update!

    Both finish removing of the neck and back of the headstock is about 90-ish% done

    I also learned that I f&@# hate sanding. It is too late to go back, so let's keep moving on!!!
     
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    A bare neck is the way to go. I did this on a few of my older guitars and loved that baseball bat feel.
     
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    I trust no one who enjoys sanding.
     
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    Headstock is pretty much cleaned off (except for those last two spots but that's enough for today)

    I'm leaving the gloss black sides there. I have something cool in mind
     
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    Done!! The finish is very amateurish and you still can see where I filled unused routing but for a first time doing this, I'm happy and surprised with the result.

    I am aware I may have turned a perfectly fine guitar into a piece of shit... but it is MY piece of shit. No joke, the guitar now feels 100% mine!

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    did you put on any clear coat?

    If not you could e.g. spray on a can of satin clear coat. E.g. polyurethane (unless you've used nitro cellulose spray paints on the body).

    Or rather:
    slightsly scuff sand with e.g. P600 grit
    then spray the satin clear over the body, back of the neck and front side of the headstock (mask it off accordingly)
    wait until it's cured (depends on the spray)
    then buff it with e.g. one of those foam pads attached to a drill
     
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    It looks cool, but I'd have kept it as it. I hate graphic finishes, but I actually like that graphic.
     
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    Looks sick. You did an especially good job with the neck pickup delete.
     
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    No black leather dye on the FB?
    Stain. Your. Hands!
    Stain. Your. Hands!

    Body finish looks super cool and I bet from 10 feet away the route fill is invisible.
     
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    Yes I put Rustoleum matte clear coat

    I agree it was a cool graphic, but I'm not big enough of a Mustaine fan to have Megadave written all over my guitar

    Thanks! I was surprised how smoothly it went

    Thanks! Yeah it is invisible at distance. The devil is in the details. But I'm not mad about it
     

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