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post Jun 8 2011, 04:30 PM
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Hi dudes and dudettes!
As mentioned in a previous post, I bought a really cheap seven string guitar 6 months ago, a Peavey Predator st7. I have recorded some songs with it, and played a couple of gigs with it, and I am actually starting to really like it! So since it still needs some upgrades, I have decided to pimp it up this summer!

This involves:
New tuners
Scalloping from 12. -21. fret
New pickup (bare knuckle \m/ )
Custom pickguard, which will be awesome!
Some new cool electronic features!
Minor paintjob detail

Hopefully, I can do everything myself! The only thing that might require help is the pickup-change. I have bought a soldering kit, but have never done it properly, so a bit unsure here tongue.gif

I will use this post in the weeks ahead to almost "blog" about it and share some pictures, since I think there are more gear-heads but me who finds that interesting smile.gif

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post Jun 8 2011, 07:06 PM
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What a coincidence! Me and a friend of mine are about to do something similar.
We got the guitar of a friend who doesn't play anymore. A Washburn X10, something cheap.
Now, we will do a paint job, change the pickups (maybe Bare Knuckle tongue.gif) and change some other hardware.
I'm quite excited biggrin.gif I guess you are too.
Good luck with it!

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post Jun 8 2011, 09:27 PM
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Yeah, put some pictures - before and after!


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post Jun 9 2011, 08:08 AM
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Good luck with the scalloping ! cool.gif


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post Jun 9 2011, 10:48 PM
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Alright! It has begun!

I have covered up all the frets on the top of the neck, so as soon as I have rented gear, I`m ready to start scalloping on Saturday!

I have started the minor paintjob, and I am about halfway finished.

And..... I ordred a new Bare Knuckle Pickup today! A aftermath with a slightly burnt chrome cover! I am so excited now biggrin.gif

Gonna upload some pics within the weekend smile.gif


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post Jun 10 2011, 01:32 AM
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Awesome! I'll be glad to see the progress!


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post Jun 10 2011, 11:19 AM
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Awesome, good luck!
I scalloped a guitar last summer as well. Just be careful not to go too deep! smile.gif
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post Jun 10 2011, 05:12 PM
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Small change: I changed the burnt chrome cover to a battleworn one instead, like this: http://a4.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images0...4a8cde8c6/l.jpg biggrin.gif




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Awesome, good luck!
I scalloped a guitar last summer as well. Just be careful not to go too deep! smile.gif


Thanks! I scalloped another neck two years ago, and with that neck I went faaaar to deep, so I think this next one will be better smile.gif


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post Jun 10 2011, 10:12 PM
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hey man, that's a great project. Is there a way to get before-after pics? It will rock to have these on the topic smile.gif

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post Jun 11 2011, 01:59 PM
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Good luck with the project! If you need any help at all with any of it just ask, I'll be glad to help!!
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post Jun 14 2011, 01:34 PM
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Alright, I have made some progress!
I have masked the frets that will be scalloped between, and painted the headstock.

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I have also borrowed a dremel from a friend for the scalloping. Since I never have used one before, I though it was smart to start of at my old guitar which is already half scalloped. Last time, I did it without any machines, and spent nearly 10 hours on the 12.-22. fret before the neck was screwed on, re-stringed and playable.
With the dremel, I scalloped the 1.-11. fret, sanded it with 120-1200 sandpaper, applied some fretboard juice and re-stringed it within two hours!!
Once again, I went far to deep on the first 5 frets, but on the last 4-5, I feel that I got closer to the optimal depth smile.gif

Here is the result:

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And when I plugged it in, something happened...dunno what is was, but suddenly I thought the guitar sounded awesome tongue.gif So now I don`t longer look for a strat to buy either, since I have an OK one, which looks like nothing else biggrin.gif

In addition, the mentioned BKP I ordered will be looking LIKE THIS instead of the burnt chrome. I have also ordered some chrome locking tuners from Planet waves! Now I only need to order the custom pickguard, and it`s only fitting stuff on that remains!

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post Jun 27 2011, 02:57 PM
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Almost done now! Here are pictures of the scalloped neck, and the re-painted headstock with new Planet Waves locking tuners smile.gif

The pickup is being installed as we speak!


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