1963 Vox Shadow Inspired Budget Build

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  1. guitarbuilder

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    I kind of fell in love with this quirky look so I decided to build my own interpretation of one. I think I became aware of the Beatles in 1963 as a 9 year old and knew they had Vox amps but I wasn't aware of the Vox guitars until the Stones came out I think. Anyway while perusing the internet looking for a Vox Stroller guitar picture, I came across this website.

    http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/vox/1963_Shadow_LG50-style.php
     

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    Further reading uncovered that the first Vox guitars like this were re-badged Guyatones. Later on, they had a local furniture manufacture make the wood parts. I liked the looks of the 3 x 3 peghead better myself, so I went and drew up my own version of it. I made the body a bit thicker, wider and longer, more like a regular sized body.



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    The body got routed out on my new and improved X carve. I added 9mm timing belts, 2" risers, and Y axis stiffeners. I bought these parts over the winter. I should have bought a new router bit too.

    I did each rout separately and the result was pretty nice. The bit was kind of dull from the last budget build, the Kay neck through. I still have to adjust some settings but here are the pictures.


    The new and improved x carve. Now with the "press the button and out pops a guitar" feature.

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    neck cavity


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    Control Cavity


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    Action shot of basswood flying from the pickup cavity:


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    The perimeter cut:

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    Today's result:


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    Freaking awesome as usual :cool: It looks like you're on the path of recreating all of my favorite guitars from way back when.

    Good idea to make the body bigger, it feels like the super-small body of the LG 50 worked well with the six-in-line headstock but not so much with the 3x3 version.

    What's the plan for finish & pickups?
     
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    LOL...Thanks.....Well after a search for some used Vox pickups, it became apparent that the cost was more than what I wanted to put into this project. I wanted the wider coil like the '59/'60 melody makers had, as opposed to the regular fender sized or humbucker sized coil.
    I ended up with a pair of these which has most of the look I want.

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=233175940578

    I love the red paint look.
     
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    Today I took my pickguard drawing off the main drawing and put some offset lines to denote the center of the tool path. The green line is .125 outside the perimeter and inside the pickup routs. I'm using a .25 bit to cut it out. The little blue circles are for changing over to a pointed tool to locate the pickguard screw holes. Later I deleted the blue and red lines off the drawing and saved it as a DXF file. I opened that file in Cambam and converted to the machine language. I ran a test cut on some plywood. Pickguard material has crept up in price the last couple years, so plywood is cheaper as a prototype.


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    I made a slight adjustment to calibrate the software. I'm pretty close to right where I want to be as far as accuracy is concerned on the x carve.

    The Model:

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    The results:


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    Looks great, as usual Marty. I can't wait to hear those pickups. They should be pretty beefy, for a single coil.
     
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    Very nice!
    I'm reading TDPRI instead of working (or playing) on my guitar...
    Its rather satisfying... But that nagging feeling...
     
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    Awesome as always Marty! You come up with some interesting oldies..
     
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    Thanks for watching guys.
     
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    Today I decided to buzz out the pickguard. I stick the pickguard material to cardboard with double sided tape and cut through into the cardboard instead of the table. I was going to run through the hole program for the screws and pots, but remembered that I wouldn't be able to find my zero point after closing the program. Last year I drew from a far left and forward 0,0 in my drawing so that I could home the machine to re-zero it, but didn't I do it for this. It's not a big deal drilling them by hand but I already created the program, so it's just kind of a waste.




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    I decided to tackle the holes too. I printed out a pdf of the pickguard and taped it over the cut out of the pickguard. I used a centerpunch to mark the holes though the paper pattern.

    For the pickup mounting holes, I inserted the pickups in from the top, upside down, and marked the holes from the mounting frame into the plastic.


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