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post Sep 27 2008, 09:45 AM
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Hey there smile.gif

I've had this wierd pain in my fretting hand, on the ring finger and haven't been able to play much sad.gif
So to pass time, I decided to remake my old strat copy smile.gif

I was thinkin something like SRV's Lenny guitar, or something to that direction wink.gif

But I really don't know much, what is going on inside the guitar, so I made this thread to ask questions,
and post photos of my progress...

Here comes the first question ( with a photo smile.gif )

What is this wire????? And do I just cut it like every rest of them???

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post Sep 27 2008, 09:52 AM
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It's a grounding cable.

I don't know if you "cut it like the rest of them" or solder it lose, depends on if you want to keep it or not.


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post Sep 27 2008, 09:55 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Sep 27 2008, 09:52 AM) *
It's a grounding cable.

I don't know if you "cut it like the rest of them" or solder it lose, depends on if you want to keep it or not.

I mean cutting it right on the tip of it, not in the middle that I can't use it again...


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post Sep 27 2008, 10:34 AM
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Well, I solded it open...

But how do you get the Tone and volume knobs off, they won't come off...


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post Sep 27 2008, 10:50 AM
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And I blive those screws that hold the claw are neck plate screws (with a coned bottom, proably to save money). I suggest you exchange those with plat bottom screws so they stay flat onto the claw.


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post Sep 27 2008, 11:17 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Sep 27 2008, 10:50 AM) *
And I blive those screws that hold the claw are neck plate screws (with a coned bottom, proably to save money). I suggest you exchange those with plat bottom screws so they stay flat onto the claw.

OK smile.gif

What kind of tools would be the best for removing the paint from the body ??? And the neck logo also....

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post Sep 27 2008, 11:42 AM
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Sand paper a lot of it try to stay away from sanders because if you go to hard your gonna damage the wood. I would also stay away from chemicals too just a good heavy grit sandpaper you will be surprised how quickly it comes off


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post Sep 27 2008, 11:56 AM
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QUOTE (kyldeee @ Sep 27 2008, 10:55 AM) *
I mean cutting it right on the tip of it, not in the middle that I can't use it again...

Doesn't matter much how you do it smile.gif

QUOTE (kyldeee @ Sep 27 2008, 11:34 AM) *
Well, I solded it open...

But how do you get the Tone and volume knobs off, they won't come off...

I don't know your guitar but in general it's just to pull straight up. Some are fastened with a small screw in the side of the knob.


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post Sep 27 2008, 11:57 AM
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QUOTE (Bondy @ Sep 27 2008, 11:42 AM) *
Sand paper a lot of it try to stay away from sanders because if you go to hard your gonna damage the wood. I would also stay away from chemicals too just a good heavy grit sandpaper you will be surprised how quickly it comes off

Yeah, that's excatly what I was thinking smile.gif I'm not gonna take the whole paint off tho, I'm just gonna give it a vintage look, like SRV biggrin.gif


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post Sep 27 2008, 12:20 PM
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Sounds like you've already started, did you take before and after pics? Strat type knob, probably pull straight up to come off. You may need to use something flat and gently pry to get them started. Sand paper will be fine if you are going for the relic look.


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post Sep 27 2008, 12:24 PM
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QUOTE (Toroso @ Sep 27 2008, 12:20 PM) *
Sounds like you've already started, did you take before and after pics? Strat type knob, probably pull straight up to come off. You may need to use something flat and gently pry to get them started. Sand paper will be fine if you are going for the relic look.

Yeah, I've alredy started, the guitar is now in pieces smile.gif I didn't take a before shot tho, but I should have something in store... Hold on...

And yeah, the knobs came off with a neat trick I read on the net smile.gif Using the edge of a shirt wrapped around it biggrin.gif

Here's the before shot, it's the one in the middle smile.gif

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And now it looks something like this biggrin.gif

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With someone's big clown feet biggrin.gif laugh.gif


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post Sep 27 2008, 01:45 PM
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Cool pics, you got it stripped nicely!! What are planning to do next ??


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post Sep 27 2008, 01:49 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Sep 27 2008, 01:45 PM) *
Cool pics, you got it stripped nicely!! What are planning to do next ??

Well, I just finished sanding the head of the neck, to get rid of the logo...
There was a little problem with the frets on this guitar, which never really bothered me, but now that I started this
project I thought I might aswell fix that... The frets were coming out of the edges, and the strings, especially the High E, would get stuck underneath them ( that's what you get, when buying a cheap copy biggrin.gif ) but it's all fixed now, and the polishing and sanding of the neck gave it a really nice vintage look smile.gif

Next step would be starting to sand the body smile.gif But I'll have to leave that until tomorow ,
cause I have some plans for tonigth smile.gif

And I'll have to start desinging the new logo for the head

I'm gonna put my initials on the pickguard like SRV did, but instead of SRV, I'll put TKL on it biggrin.gif

And I'm thinking of some kind of logo behind the bridge also smile.gif

Cheers smile.gif

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The logo (head ) is going to be something like this biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

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Haha, get it, BENDER, hahha laugh.gif laugh.gif

LAME, but so cool biggrin.gif


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post Sep 27 2008, 10:36 PM
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Nice project man, I like the fact that you can customize it to your likings. Are you gonna paint it to red?


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post Sep 27 2008, 11:59 PM
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QUOTE (kyldeee @ Sep 27 2008, 03:52 PM) *
The logo (head ) is going to be something like this biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

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Haha, get it, BENDER, hahha laugh.gif laugh.gif

LAME, but so cool biggrin.gif

laugh.gif Bender sound nice, but "Lame" sounds even cooler. Think about it, a Bender can't be anything about a copy, but for the other brand you can always say you have a genuine Lame guitar. biggrin.gif


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post Sep 30 2008, 05:15 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Sep 27 2008, 10:36 PM) *
Nice project man, I like the fact that you can customize it to your likings. Are you gonna paint it to red?

No I don't thinks so, cause I have a black pick guard, and that wouldn't look good to me, and I'm not gonna buy new parts
for this guitar smile.gif

I was thinking of leaving it just the wood surface, of course some chemicals to protect it, and something to give it a cool dark wood look smile.gif That would be cool... biggrin.gif


QUOTE (MickeM @ Sep 27 2008, 11:59 PM) *
laugh.gif Bender sound nice, but "Lame" sounds even cooler. Think about it, a Bender can't be anything about a copy, but for the other brand you can always say you have a genuine Lame guitar. biggrin.gif

Yeah laugh.gif I was thinking also leave it empty smile.gif

I just started sanding the body today, but didn't get much done cause the dust gets everywhere, and it's not good to inhale it, so I'll leave it to tomorrow... I'll take some equipment from work, so it's safer and more comfortable to do smile.gif

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post Oct 4 2008, 07:36 AM
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Aaaah, it's saturday, a great day to continue my little project smile.gif
I have a lot of sanding to do, so better get to it biggrin.gif

Cheers

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Leaving wood would give the guitar that "funky" appereance. I love it biggrin.gif


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