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  1. Yamaha shredder to hardtail dee-construction

    by , January 24th, 2012 at 10:18 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    I got bored with the Floyd on my Yamaha...and the guitar needs a complete work-over anyway...so I ordered a Gibson-style wraparound-bridge and I'll do the Davette thing on the axe...rip out the Floyd, carve a large opening in its place and glue in a big block of new wood...plane it nice and install a fixed bridge. Sand down and slightly V-shapify the neck, re-shape the headstock, sand and re-finish the entire body. Actually cover the front entirely with aluminum.

    Heres' what happens: ...
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  2. YouTube demo

    by , April 6th, 2011 at 05:41 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    Here:



    It's Ok, not a bad player at all, but even though only slightly, still the neck heaviness bothers me.

    Furthermore, it still needs a little fret work, at the minumum a re-crown as after leveling some spots are far too wide.

    Remains to be seen if it after that 'wakes up' better in upper registers, now it doesn't really sing and have a great sustain to speak of in the upmost registers. Same thing that's noticeable on my ...
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  3. Rest of the photos

    by , April 2nd, 2011 at 12:59 PM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)


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  4. Done

    by , April 2nd, 2011 at 12:13 PM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    OK here's the first pic from the back...it's all done now:



    S*tty finishing job, but what can I say, I'm really impatient :-)
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  5. Backside

    by , April 1st, 2011 at 09:38 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    OK,

    It's about done. Just the electrics to add for now, once the lacquer dries some.

    The lacquer is far from great, I really should do a whole lot more sanding and whatnot, but I'm just tired with it so I think I'll finish the build for now. It's just cosmetic anyway now, and looks good from a few metres anyway.

    If it turns out to be a great player and I'll spend much time on it, I can always strip the parts and give it a better finish then.
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  6. Short video of the guitar with the strings on for the 1st time

    by , March 26th, 2011 at 06:51 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)


    Lots of issues to deal with still. LOTS. Not to mention the neck still being hugely thick, there's a gazillion little details to worry about, fret ends etc. and there's a couple of high frets as well still. Can't seem to get them properly seated, I'll have to remove and make sure there's nothing in the groove, probably there is something.

    Then it's a lot of sanding and such as well, the saddle and whatnot. Drilling some holes for controls etc. etc... ...
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  7. Final shape ready

    by , March 24th, 2011 at 12:22 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_6...0/IMAG0710.jpg

    Ready for fine sanding and such...lots and lots of sanding to do now. The neck has a shape as well but it's too thick as of now.

    Curious thing BTW...I have all the parts like pickups in a box, and the box weigh just about the same as the guitar with just the wood parts. This is going to be a rather light one!

    Can't tell from the photo but the top is slightly ...
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  8. Testing parts placement

    by , March 19th, 2011 at 02:58 PM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)


    The shape is still rough; there will be a deeper/rounder cut at the back and of course every edge will be trimmed nice, the body is about 1/4 too big almost everywhere right now, quite rough sawn as it is. I wanted to leave plenty of wood for sanding it down nice.

    Ditched the tu-tone color scheme; took a while to get the mid section colored the same as the ...
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  9. Another angle

    by , March 16th, 2011 at 03:17 PM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    OK, here's the whole thing from another angle.

    Clearly shown the body wood and the overlaying veneer...there will be another veneer for the back, but not with maple showing, all intact from the back. I'll contour the edges some and they will be black, thinking of some kind of sunburst. Although white binding would be super cool too..only, that might be a bit much to try to learn how to do.

    The body wood also has all cavities done, plus most of the wire routes...now ...
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  10. First test assembly...birch on birch and center maple

    by , March 16th, 2011 at 03:05 PM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)


    I'm going to leave it 2-tone all the way...so much like it is now.
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  11. Headstock designing

    by , March 16th, 2011 at 03:01 PM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
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  12. Bigger area test 'markered'

    by , March 15th, 2011 at 01:19 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    Here's a guitar-size slab of veneer done with the markers:

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  13. Coloring test with Magic Marker. See other thread...

    by , March 14th, 2011 at 11:39 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
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  14. Overall view

    by , March 13th, 2011 at 08:37 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)


    Alright; seems I've settled with the star shape. Here's the fretboard glued in place and radiused and the neck part laid over the bottom veneer with the shape marking. Also the headstock shape now visible; the same knife shape repeats in the body.

    The body will be built much like an acoustic, but with ~1" thick maple sides and the neck-thru, but anyway ...
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  15. Radius gauge

    by , March 13th, 2011 at 05:54 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)


    While the glue is still drying, I made this radius sanding tool to keep me busy. I screwed a slab of metal onto a chunk of acrylic or similar quite hard/resilient plastic of some sort (used to be a MinuteMaid chopping board) , dipped it in boiling water and used screws and a few washers to force it into a nice curve; it was easy to adjust it by turning the screws in various locations. ...
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  16. TheFret(board) in place!

    by , March 12th, 2011 at 10:39 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    Alright, now making good progress!




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  17. Designed a shape for 'wings'

    by , March 1st, 2011 at 10:05 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    Here's how I thought I'd shape the 'wings'.



    It's shaped so that the neck will sit the same as in strat both sitting and standing, i.e. the strap buttons are in the same positions over the fretboard & as far back.
    It looks smaller than it is because at this point the neck is way wider than it'll be when done...same size as a strat, really.
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  18. Truss rod installation

    by , February 25th, 2011 at 07:22 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    Got the old Dremel out and now the truss rod is installed nice and tight.

    There sure isn't much wood left under the truss adjust opening, and it was VERY hard to drill the hole from the said opening to the actual truss cavity, so that the 'bridge' of wood under the saddle holds the rod end securely yet the adjustment screw has just enough room to squeeze thru under the saddle and be, well, adjustable.

    I had pre-cut the rod slot with a large machine, just used the dremel ...
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  19. Yet more progress

    by , February 23rd, 2011 at 12:18 PM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    Got the neck rough shaped, still far too wide (as wide as headstock) but much closer to how it's gonna be.

    Also got the truss rod channel routed. The measurements turned out OK and it's so designed that when you lay it on the floor etc. the body will rest flat on the floor and the headstock will also just touch the floor but not bend the neck at all like on Gibsons etc. which are tilted also at the body/neck joint.

    Also pictured the Grovers I bought for it as well as ...
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  20. Some progress

    by , February 9th, 2011 at 01:33 PM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    Got the truss rod in the mail along with a bridge - I'll use a black tele-type bridge sans the 'edges' and w/bucker hole. Here's what's I've been up to with the woods:



    Working with like 1/3 inch safety margin so far, so as to not make mistakes...will have plenty of wood to work with for a while still.

    Also, been pondering about making it sort of ...
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  21. Some photos

    by , February 4th, 2011 at 07:05 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)


    This is a crude drawing of how I'm thinking of making the guitar. I'll try to leave the maple wide at the actual body part to house all hardware well and support mics and all. Just add flanges on either side. The green dotted line means I'll have the body cavity open from the back rather than front (if I can use a router carefully enough) for easy access to swap mics and such. ...
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  22. Pre-cutting wood

    by , February 4th, 2011 at 02:48 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    I've now raw-cut the maple, and I'm going to make the neck with two pieces, the main part will be a neck-thru single maple slab, quartersawn, near the very center of the tree, so the growth circles will nearly match the shape of the neck. I will make the headstock from the same wood but I've cut a slab that I'll set to the neck at roughly 10-15% angle so that the join will take place under the 2nd fret approximately - from there on the grain of wood will then be lateral to the headstock.
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  23. The Making of: weird guitar project...that could backfire too...

    by , February 4th, 2011 at 02:45 AM (Dee's guitar-making/modding projects blog)
    Moving this to blogs...never written one but might be better this way, especially when I get photos.

    I had this big log of maple in the basement, been drying there for at least 7-8 years now. It's about 3-4 inches thick and 1,5 foot wide, long as an electric guitar (over a yard). It's curved and twisted a little over the years as it's dried, and I'm hoping it won't 'live' no more.

    I'm going to build me an electric guitar of _some_ sort, perhaps out of that block. It ...
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