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I fixed up another banger of mine.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Blazer, Jan 21, 2021.

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    It was in late 2016 that I made this crazy guitar out of strips of leftover wood.
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    It's made from four pieces of maple, four pieces of mahogany, two pieces of alder which I dyed black and a center piece of Oak. Likewise, the tuners are contrasting. Initially it didn't even have a lacquered coating.

    But after a few months I decided that I didn't like the way it sounded and I also didn't like the way it began to look all dirty, so I applied some slightly yellowed stained matte lacquer. And I moved the bridge rail pickup to the neck and put a full size Humbucker at the bridge.
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    Which worked much better but as you probably can make out, it had terrible orange peel going on and the seems between the layers of wood started to show.

    I couldn't find a picture of the in between but I also had an issue with the bridge which was a Fender string spacing on a guitar which was to all purposes a Gibson, so I doweled the neck, glued it in permanently and fitted a wrap around tail piece.

    I used it in that guise with the Nirvana tribute until the guys told me that it sounded "Too classic rock." and told me to use my strats instead. After which I hung it on the wall and basically forgot that I owned it at all.
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    At some moment in time I also put a Seymour Duncan Humbucker in there, I have no idea which one, the ID on the bottom of the pickup has long since gone and I also for the life of me can't remember where I got that pickup from.

    So it hung on my wall for a while, derelict, neglected.

    Until a few days ago, when I decided to show the girl some love.
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    Whoops, I see now that I put on the Trussrod cover crooked.

    So what did I do?
    I sanded the body smooth, added several layers of Acryl based rattle can varnish, sanded that smooth and buffed it to a shine. The pictures don't do it justice unfortunately but you have to believe me on how much better it looks.
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    I also replaced the wrap around tail with a full Tune-o-matic and stop bar.

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    This picture shows the shine from the gloss coating the best.
     
  2. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    How does it sound with that humbucker in it?

    It is a cool looking guitar.
     
  3. Oldsmobum

    Oldsmobum Tele-Meister

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    This sounds stupid. Ironically, the girls that they are likely trying to impress- whether explicitly or not- of bar scene age (ages 21-28) largely consider Nirvana to be classic rock.

    It’s a very cool guitar.
     
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  4. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That thing looks like it plays like a caged animal!
    Well done!!!
     
  5. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    The fact remains that a Fender with a Humbucker added IS the Nirvana sound, both Kurt and Pat played strats modified like that. And our intention was to emulate that sound as close as we could.
     
  6. Deeve

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    Looks great
     
  7. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Nice!
     
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