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Unread 09-12-2010, 01:18 AM   #16
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I agree with the roar of "keep it clear"!!

why bother with the thin outer skin (that tonally wont do anything anyway) if you're just gonna paint it?

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Unread 09-12-2010, 01:33 AM   #17
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I agree with the roar of "keep it clear"!!

why bother with the thin outer skin (that tonally wont do anything anyway) if you're just gonna paint it?

Don't paint it. The wood is too interesting to cover with paint.
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Unread 09-12-2010, 05:45 AM   #18
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Stormin that's really close to what I had in mind. 'Cept I only want to go with one pickup. Are your pickups from GFS? Looks like those big pole tele pups.


A dog I was going to use parts that I already had available but this is turning out better than I expected so I may reconsider. I don't really like the bridges that I have. I have a pickup that will fit in it though that's a hotrails. I got it in a trade and have never tried it but I have been told that it is an exceptional pickup.
Yes, GFS Fatbodies. Great pickups! I have a Wilkinson compensated bridge in mine. About $35 from Guitarfetish.

My two cents on the finish.... I'd leave it natural. Pine is really tricky to stain. It tends to take stain rather uneavenly, particularly when you have knots and varying grain patterns, and you end up with a blotchy look. If you want to go with stain, test it first on a piece of the same wood that you have given the same preparation to.
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Unread 09-12-2010, 06:21 AM   #19
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Yes, GFS Fatbodies. Great pickups! I have a Wilkinson compensated bridge in mine. About $35 from Guitarfetish.

My two cents on the finish.... I'd leave it natural. Pine is really tricky to stain. It tends to take stain rather uneavenly, particularly when you have knots and varying grain patterns, and you end up with a blotchy look. If you want to go with stain, test it first on a piece of the same wood that you have given the same preparation to.
I've heard great reviews on the fatbodies. I will eventually have to try some myself. I usually trade pickups with folks but for some reason no one ever wants to trade their fatbodies. I know, it just doesn't make any sense. **scratches head**

Only the inside "filler" is pine (actually spruce). The outer parts (that would be stained) is cedar. I work with wood quiet a lot. I'm not really fond of unstained wood. To me it just looks cheap or unfinished. Kinda like you didn't have any stain and just decided to complete the job. If that makes any sense. I will definately leave the grain of the wood and the knots showing. No paint on that part. I have to hide the spruce part somehow though and will probally paint around the edges similar to the burst look that comes on Les Pauls. The back will not be painted either.

This project will start to slow down now because I want to get a really good sanding job done on it.

One last thought. I'm open to feedback on this idea too. I made a pickguard from wood in the past and used a propane torch to burn the fade around the edges. It turned out exceptionally well. It looked "really" awesome. I've thought of doing the same thing with this guitar. I would try it out on a scrap piece of wood before torching the body though. I've also thought of laying something like a really hot piece of metal on it so that it would leave burn marks. Just a thought.
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Unread 09-12-2010, 09:53 AM   #20
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I like your idea on the finish scheme. I think you should do a piece of metal or black or white plastic for the pickgaurd. I think it would be a nice offset to the wood tones on the guitar. A wood pickguard might get lost on there. That's just my opinion, so take it for what it's worth.

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Unread 09-12-2010, 10:35 AM   #21
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I don' know if you have the skills and/or tools, but how about a metal pickguard? I'm thinking of something like the one on Tai Anderson's bass (Third Day). I'll see if I can find a picture.

ETA: This isn't the best pic, but for some reason, I couldn't find a better shot.



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Unread 09-12-2010, 03:05 PM   #22
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Check it out! I put the neck on. I installed the jack thingy, some straplock buttons, the control plate.
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I just love wood. I mean I LOVE it. So I'm probally gonna stick with the wood guard idea. I don't think it will get lost. It will look differently enough that it'll stand out.
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Unread 09-12-2010, 09:39 PM   #23
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dude i dig the concept, can't wait to see the end result
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Unread 09-13-2010, 08:17 AM   #25
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hey mikey i think he likes it
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That's purty. How heavy is this thing?
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I haven't weighed it yet but it is lighter than a standard tele or strat.
I've also painted the outer edges now. I'm waiting for it to dry.
When I get back from a doctor appointment I'll post up some pix.
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Unread 09-13-2010, 09:50 AM   #28
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She's looking good! Very good!
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I really like the pickguard. Looks like you still have some major sanding marks. If you are after the real rustic look, that gets you there, but I'd probably sand it out more.
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