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Unread 09-10-2010, 10:36 PM   #1
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The Gibbycaster

Here's the new project I'm working on. The neck came from a Roland guitar. I reshaped the headstock to look like a Telecaster then refinished it. It was in pretty bad shape. Someone gave me the neck. I'm trying to not spend money to build it. So far I have about $20 invested. The body is made of spruce (inside part) and cedar on the outside. I have it all glued up and hope to cut out the body tomorrow. I'll use hardware from the parts bin. I think I have enough parts to make this thing play. I'll have to go buy strings. But here's some pics:






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Unread 09-11-2010, 01:16 AM   #2
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REALLY liking the pickguard shape!!

looks good so far!
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Unread 09-11-2010, 05:27 AM   #3
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Well, I'm not sure that will be the final pickguard shape. I've been toying with different ideas.
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REALLY liking the pickguard shape!!

looks good so far!
I agree, I really dig the shape also.
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Unread 09-11-2010, 08:14 AM   #5
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Saturday morning. I got up and ran it through the planner a few times until the cedar layers were about 1/8" thick. The total thickness is 1 3/4". Then I routed for the neck. It's not perfect but it will definately work.





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Unread 09-11-2010, 09:38 AM   #6
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Moving right along.

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Unread 09-11-2010, 10:45 AM   #8
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I've now rounded over the edges and done a little more sanding.

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Unread 09-11-2010, 11:03 AM   #9
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Dude, that's a really interesting/cool guitar. I'm excited to see the end result.
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Unread 09-11-2010, 12:46 PM   #10
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Dude, that looks really, really cool! Are you going to leave it natural or paint it?
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Unread 09-11-2010, 12:53 PM   #11
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Thanks! I'm deciding as I go as to how it will look in the end. Right now I'm leaning towards a natural (stained) look. A dark body with the contrasting light maple neck and a pickguard to match the neck (color). Most likely I'll paint around the edges to give it a burst look. I have since routed the switch hole and the jack hole. I made a booboo on the switch hole and had to patch. I still think it will look ok though. This is coming together amazingly well. It's going pretty quickly too. I don't want to get to eager though. I'm still trying to decide on a pickup option. I only want one pup at the bridge. I'm not excited about the tele bridge in the above pic. I may have to go web searching for something.
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I like what you are doing. Here is my Lestercaster I built a year or so ago...


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Thanks! I'm deciding as I go as to how it will look in the end. Right now I'm leaning towards a natural (stained) look. A dark body with the contrasting light maple neck and a pickguard to match the neck (color). Most likely I'll paint around the edges to give it a burst look. I have since routed the switch hole and the jack hole. I made a booboo on the switch hole and had to patch. I still think it will look ok though. This is coming together amazingly well. It's going pretty quickly too. I don't want to get to eager though. I'm still trying to decide on a pickup option. I only want one pup at the bridge. I'm not excited about the tele bridge in the above pic. I may have to go web searching for something.
Are you still going for a Tele style pickup? I really the whole Tele-Paul vibe.

And that looks like a really nice guitar, Stormin1155.
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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.
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Unread 09-12-2010, 12:18 AM   #15
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Roscoe, I agree you should just do a stain. Not too dark, don't want to hide those interesting wood knots and grain. Don't paint this one.
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