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post Aug 5 2008, 11:33 PM
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Hey there everyone.

Due to the latest trend on GMC of re-painting and re-making guitars (scalloping necks etc), I became encouraged to start my own little project.

In some years I want to build my own guitar from scratch, but I don't really have the money for that now, I believe. So that will have to wait some years.

What I'll be doing for now is just to remake my very first guitar, which is/was a Hohner Stratocaster Copy, which I haven't used for many, many years. It has just been in the closet collecting dust.

I don't know what this project will end up with, but it doesn't really matter - the guitar almost couldn't get any worse.

Anyways: Here is my starting point... feel free to laugh, but please don't comment too much. laugh.gif
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post Aug 5 2008, 11:38 PM
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What are you going to change/remake? smile.gif
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post Aug 5 2008, 11:38 PM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 6 2008, 12:38 AM) *
What are you going to change/remake? smile.gif


I have no idea! laugh.gif

Going to take it all apart now, then sand, get all paint of etc... then we'll see where it takes me.


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post Aug 5 2008, 11:38 PM
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I wanted to do that to my Squier! But, I chickened out tongue.gif ! I wanted to put fake leopard fur around the body, A miniature 8 ball around the the whammy bar, and a miniature siren on the neck over the strings. I don't know why... But, I thought it would have been pretty ridiculous. biggrin.gif
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post Aug 5 2008, 11:40 PM
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Maybe i will try to do something with my old guitar

As you said it cant get any worse


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post Aug 5 2008, 11:42 PM
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QUOTE (superize @ Aug 6 2008, 12:40 AM) *
Maybe i will try to do something with my old guitar

As you said it cant get any worse


Exactly! And it may very well be a good learning.


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post Aug 5 2008, 11:42 PM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 6 2008, 12:38 AM) *
I have no idea! laugh.gif

Going to take it all apart now, then sand, get all paint of etc... then we'll see where it takes me.


Just a quick advice, sanding the paint of gives a lot of mess. And if it is cheap paint you can probably remove the top layer by just chipping it of with a knife. There are special knives for that and they are actually pretty cheap. The ones that you use to cut from you and generally use to remove paint rests on the wall, and tape from the window.
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post Aug 6 2008, 12:02 AM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 6 2008, 12:42 AM) *
Just a quick advice, sanding the paint of gives a lot of mess. And if it is cheap paint you can probably remove the top layer by just chipping it of with a knife. There are special knives for that and they are actually pretty cheap. The ones that you use to cut from you and generally use to remove paint rests on the wall, and tape from the window.


Thanks for the advice. I'll see to it tomorrow - it's in the middle of the night now, so I'm only going to take the guitar apart now, then take the next step tomorrow.

Okay, guys! I'm sitting here with something I don't really know what is and what it is used to. Could someone explain this:

Oh, and look at the difference in colour on the pick guard... HAHAHA!

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post Aug 6 2008, 12:04 AM
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I believe that is used to adjust the thruss rod. But i'm not sure myself :/

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post Aug 6 2008, 12:10 AM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 6 2008, 01:04 AM) *
I believe that is used to adjust the thruss rod. But i'm not sure myself :/


I thought the truss rod was the one at the other end of the guitar.

And what about the whole next to the adjuster? What is that for? There was nothing in there at all.


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post Aug 6 2008, 12:13 AM
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That hole is very important. At least, in the manufacturing department. They put a hook through that hole when the guitar changes departments and when it is being spray painted.
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post Aug 6 2008, 12:16 AM
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laugh.gif

Cool!


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post Aug 6 2008, 10:18 AM
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QUOTE (JeroenKole @ Aug 6 2008, 01:13 AM) *
That hole is very important. At least, in the manufacturing department. They put a hook through that hole when the guitar changes departments and when it is being spray painted.


Thats a interesting information to know smile.gif I didn't know that , makes perfect sense though..
Looks like your having a lot of fun Caelumamittendum, but what are you plans for guitar after you strip it down ? Painting , changing parts etc ?

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post Aug 6 2008, 10:24 AM
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I believe thats a micro tilt....
fender use to use them. Google it.


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post Aug 6 2008, 11:34 AM
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Thanks, USAMAN.

I googled it and you were right.



QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Aug 6 2008, 11:18 AM) *
Thats a interesting information to know smile.gif I didn't know that , makes perfect sense though..
Looks like your having a lot of fun Caelumamittendum, but what are you plans for guitar after you strip it down ? Painting , changing parts etc ?


I have no real plan for now, that's the fun of it laugh.gif

I will strip it down - already got the front side done - then I will probable re-paint it in some funky way and maybe install new pick ups. I never realised there was place for humbuckers underneath the pick guard, because it has always just had single coils. So I might just get some nick humbuckers and a middle single coil or something. Besides that I will also scallop the neck. smile.gif


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post Aug 6 2008, 11:55 AM
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Do HSH per example,scallop the whole neck,
new painting and finish of course.
Good thing is you don't play this guitar
so you can really experiment on it,
it's gonna be fun I can tell. smile.gif


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post Aug 6 2008, 12:17 PM
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Yeah, I was thinking HSH or HSS. Not sure yet though.

I'm going to scallop the whole neck, yeah and new painting and finish.

And yes, that is exactly why I chose this guitar. It may bring new life to it. And besides, if I like the scalloped neck I could do it on one of my other guitars. And to add to that, buying some nice pick ups will last for a long time. If I one day decide to do a guitar completely from scratch, I could use the pick ups in that.

Getting the paint of is kinda tough though.

Does any of you guys know how to adjust the micro-tilt? And could you give a thorough explanation?

So, I got the paint of the front body. Next step will be the back and then the sides and all.

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post Aug 6 2008, 12:42 PM
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I wanted to suggest maybe without pickguard this time
but yeah,there are holes between pickups. dry.gif


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post Aug 6 2008, 12:44 PM
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Yes, I was thinking about having it without the pick guard. Will see what I can do about that smile.gif


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post Aug 6 2008, 01:05 PM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Aug 6 2008, 01:10 AM) *
I thought the truss rod was the one at the other end of the guitar.

And what about the whole next to the adjuster? What is that for? There was nothing in there at all.


Hey man, congratulations on your project, the guitar looks very nicely sanded! smile.gif

Any ideas about the paint? Maybe some patterns, like for example I watched a nice trick on discovery biker episodes when they put women stockings on wood and paint over them, and then when they put them off you have like a great net pattern smile.gif


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