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post Aug 3 2008, 07:48 PM
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So I've just finished scalloping my guitar shaped object, put it back together and restringed it. I can just say wow! It feels just incredible.

Now I just need to rewire the input jack. (Something went wrong here, does someone know how to remove solder efficiently btw?) And I'll see how the thing sounds with an amp.

For those wishing to try it yourselves: use a cheap guitar, and practice on a piece of wood first.
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post Aug 3 2008, 08:08 PM
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Congrats man smile.gif
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post Aug 3 2008, 08:23 PM
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QUOTE (Marcus Lavendell @ Aug 3 2008, 09:08 PM) *
Congrats man smile.gif
I'd love to see some pics biggrin.gif


The batteries of my camera are currently recharging so you'll have to wait until tomorrow. smile.gif
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post Aug 3 2008, 08:36 PM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 3 2008, 09:23 PM) *
The batteries of my camera are currently recharging so you'll have to wait until tomorrow. smile.gif

ok, thanks biggrin.gif


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post Aug 4 2008, 12:29 AM
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Well it is tomorrow for me. tongue.gif (The batteries recharged quicker than I thought)

I bought the guitar shaped object with an amp about three years ago, I think it was about 100 euros. Basically it is an very cheap stratocaster. The guitar shaped object came with an cheap amp that I ditched an year later and replaced it with an roland cube30 (the best buy I ever made, imho) thinking that my suckage on guitar was because the amp sucked so much, Which was obviously not the case. About a year later I decided to change guitars as the guitar shaped object was prone to malfunctioning. (more about that later.) And replaced it with an Ibanez S300, In hindsight I should have gotten a diffrent one, but this one just felt the best at the time for my budget. After that I gave the guitar a makeover. I stripped the paint (but not the undercoat, only little bits of that as you can see on the back) and painted the whole thing white with spray paint (stupid, because I should never have put the paint on the neck) and added a little reaper to it. Although I still sucked at playing guitar (And I still do, beginner level, hehe) it did give me some room for artistic freedom. About two weeks ago I decided to scallop the neck of the guitar, after all, you can't find a cheaper guitar and anything I do to it will improve it. yesterday I pretty much finished the scalloping process so I have been able to try it out.

About The Guitar Shaped object (technical stuff):

Body: don't know what kind of wood, but i'm pretty certain it isn't a tonewood.
Neck: S shaped, in the length. Cheap maple that has been badly sanded. And some wood for the fingerboard that has to pretend it is rosewood.
Tuners: I'd prefer to call them Detuners. Will detune an well stetched string in one second.
Routing: Well, they've managed to make an semi acoustic strat, that has to pass for a solidbody strat. Which is kinda impresive actually.
Bridge: Standard strat, isn't even that bad, the tremolo works well and the only thing that would actually need to be replaced are the saddles. Another bonus is the weight of the bridge, just take it out of your guitar and you could actually bash a skull in with it. tongue.gif
pickups: This is the good thing about this guitar, these things sound very vintage and still are capable of tackling any kind of music. ohmy.gif
knobs and switch: nothing bad to say about this.
input jack: I should order a new one...

But somehow I still love this guitar. Maybe because we share some good memories (like staying in tune during an whole pentatonic scalar run). Or maybe just because it is my first guitar smile.gif

So anyway. Here are some pic's, you might be able to see some damage but that doesn't matter anything to me.

the body


the scalloping, in this pic you can see all the damage I've managed to inflict on it during the scalloping process, not to bad for someone who tends to use a dremel for everything.


More of the neck, you might be able to see that it still isn't as smooth as it should be.


the little reaper, that you won't see once I'm playing


the neck attachment, you can see that there is actually a big gap between neck and body


and another picture of the guitar itself.



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post Aug 4 2008, 12:32 AM
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Sorry for beeing a newbie, but.. What's the difference between a normal and scalloped neck?


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post Aug 4 2008, 12:39 AM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Aug 4 2008, 01:32 AM) *
Sorry for beeing a newbie, but.. What's the difference between a normal and scalloped neck?


The diffrence lies mostly in your playing, it is mostly taste. A good example would be vibrato, that will be a lot easier on an scalloped neck imho.

But I don't know very much about scalloped neck, all I know, is after doing this playing feels a lot better to me.
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post Aug 4 2008, 12:44 AM
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Wow, very nice. I don't think I could ever get up the courage to do that myself. It looks like it turned out nice, great job!
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post Aug 4 2008, 08:44 AM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 3 2008, 08:48 PM) *
does someone know how to remove solder efficiently btw?

Heat up the solder and suck it into a solder-sucking-pen. (don't know the eng. word for it)


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post Aug 4 2008, 11:17 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Aug 4 2008, 09:44 AM) *
Heat up the solder and suck it into a solder-sucking-pen. (don't know the eng. word for it)


Hmmm, that would be another trip to the hardware store rolleyes.gif

it always seems like I buy more there than I actually need tongue.gif
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post Aug 6 2008, 01:27 PM
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Congratulations man, nice work. Will you put some finish coat on the fingerboard?


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post Aug 6 2008, 02:21 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Aug 6 2008, 02:27 PM) *
Congratulations man, nice work. Will you put some finish coat on the fingerboard?


Thanks smile.gif

No, I won't put a finish on the fingerboard, because the current fingerboard polish I use will make it go bubbly. ohmy.gif
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