Serratus's 2016 Home Depot Challenge Build

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Serratus, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. Hywel

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    Man that looks great and sounds even better. Great build!
     
  2. mnemonic

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    As if my GAS for a wraptail LP junior wasn't high enough.

    I did just find the top of a super old mahogany desk in the back of my garage left over from the previous owners though... I'd have to pancake the body, but it would be mahogany thats probably 50+ years old...


    Hell of a competition this year for the home depot build, theres a few builds I really like, but I still think this is my favorite. It just hits on too many things that I like.
     
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    looks fantastic. would never know its made of pine
     
  4. neun Arme

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    Sounds great, dude!
     
  5. jarnozz

    jarnozz Let´s Get Wasted!

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    you've NAILED this challenge!
     
  6. MoonJelly

    MoonJelly a subtle stinging sensation..

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    Man, I don't know to vote for you or Hywel (or some mysterious dark horse yet to show himself?)

    Well done, sir. Great playing as well. :bowdown:
     
  7. Serratus

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    Hehe, thanks all! :)
     
  8. Serratus

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    I finally got round to recording a proper demo for it (ie, on my DAW rather than just recording on my phone in the room!!) - should be able to get it onto youtube over the weekend :)
     
  9. Serratus

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    Here you go :)

     
  10. neun Arme

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    Sounds good, man.
     
  11. CaptainD00M

    CaptainD00M Lungsman

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    That thing sounds awesome man! good shout.
     
  12. Serratus

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    So it's been 3 months since I set this up for the first time, it's still rock solid (action etc hasn't moved at all despite some really high temperatures lately for the UK!). I'm still in love with the sound too, great bite and rasp with plenty of balls and bottom end from that relatively high output P90. Absolutely nothing I'd want to change about it, which is pretty amazing considering the cost; definitely the greatest bang-for-buck build I've ever done!! lol (still hasn't turned me off of wenge/limba/maple, etc though!!)
     
  13. Serratus

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    Hi all, just a quick update - after gigging this guitar I decided that I really need a neck pickup. It seemed crazy to buy a pickup that might cost more than the rest of the whole guitar so I decided to wind one myself.
    I had an old Ibanez pickup (from an RG7420 or something), so I took that to bits and cut all the wire off it, and I had some Stewmac wire left over from when I wound a pickup about 10 years ago. I bought an AlnicoII magnet from eBay which cost about £4 (the only money I spent!!). Then I built a winder from technical lego and wound the coils. The total resistance of the humbucker is about 7.5k, and I didn't pot it because I wanted to try a low power unpotted AlnicoII neck pickup :)
    The switch was one I had that had fallen apart as soon as I bought it (the shop sent a replacement) so I glued it back together with JB weld which is rock solid. Then I just had to cut the scratchplate to fit and rout the body.
    I am so happy with it - the pickup sounds great with loads of vintage character which was exactly what I was looking for. Now I just have to hope that it doesn't scream too much at gig volume due to being unpotted :)

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  14. thinkpad20

    thinkpad20 plays guitar??

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    Hahaha, love that you used legos to build a winder. Is that a thing? Anyway, this guitar looks and sounds gorgeous :)
     
  15. BigBadAl

    BigBadAl Too old to Mosh

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    OMG I need the plans for that winder ! So much awesomeness !
    would love to see a vid of the winding process.

    Maybe Lego can create a custom set for all us guitar geeks
     
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    Hi one question : wich glue you have used to attach the brass seddle on the teilpiece? thank in advance!
     
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    Hi and I have another question if you let me know!! How did you route the pick up slot with the mounted neck? May be you build a template that lay just in place with the board? Hope I write well my question . Ciao!
     
  18. Hywel

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    That winder is fantastic! Still love this build and it keeps getting better :D
     
  19. Pikka Bird

    Pikka Bird Vaya Con Cornholio

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    I'd say if the routing template is just thick enough to clear the frets then all you need is a router bit that'll let you plunge deep enough.
     
  20. LiveOVErdrive

    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    All-pine. What is this going to weigh, like 4 pounds?
     

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