Making guitars for my groomsmen!

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  1. andrewdoeshair

    andrewdoeshair Tele-Meister

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    Wedding is October 16th! 5 groomsmen, and 4 of them are musicians. I guess the 5th guy is about to have to learn! I can't wait to surprise them with these...

    I did these very quickly and very cheaply. I used super budget parts, mostly from chinese sellers on eBay. Bridges with bridge pickups were $13 each, shipped, loaded control plates were $12 each, shipped, Mighty Mite necks were from Guitar Center for $90 each, shipped, and tuners were $10 per set, shipped. I used electro socket jack cups, because they are amazing, and I used Switchcraft jacks because the electro sockets were threaded for USA switchcraft jacks... Pickguard material was mostly scrap that I had around already.

    I bought a giant sugar pine board, and was able to get 4 one-piece bodies from it. They cost roughly $18 each. I also bought a section of poplar, which cost $8. I bought the templates from a luthier named Paul Rhoney, through a website called Ponoko (dot com).

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    The bodies were made in a single afternoon. Super easy and simple, with the one pickup and small control cavity. Also was easier because I was using top loader bridges. The pine was a pleasure to work with; smelled sweet and cut very easily. But it was thirsty for sealer. If I wasn't planning on relic jobs, I would have gone back and used some kind of epoxy under the lacquer, because the grain really wanted to sink on these.
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    Ended up doing ferrules on one of them, because I had a spare set laying around. I also cut neck pickups on some of the bodies.
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    Spraying them with nitro mixed with Stewmac tints and dyes was a lot of fun! I wish I had 5 bodies to paint every day...
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    And though I could see grain still, I didn't worry. This guitar factory in my town often leaves the grain visible on their nitro finishes, too...
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  2. TheZ

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    That's the coolest thing ever! Glad you're posting another build, I've really enjoyed your other threads.
     
  3. andrewdoeshair

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    I'm gonna have a cool wedding :lol:
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    After the clear was sprayed, I let them cure for about 10 days.
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    As I waited for the parts, I got impatient and started the relic job... It is hard to tell in this pic, but the burst and pickguard are apparently Fender identical colors (pickguard is mint from guitarfetish dot com).
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    the necks were matte and pasty. So I lacquered them up.
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    And spent a LONG day assembling the parts and wiring these up. I used etchant solution to corrode the metal parts.
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  4. andrewdoeshair

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    Thanks :)



    Tonight I started the relic process on the next couple guitars. Some got it worse than others. I think I'll leave the blue one near mint... But I swear to you, it is NOT just bashing the guitar up. This takes serious time but can be very very fun. I've never felt that "don't knock it til you try it" was more applicable than it is here.

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    And, my wedding date! :idea:
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    Next to a bass I made last year, and a "Strelecaster" I just finished building...
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  5. Falzoony

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    All the best to you and your partner on your big day. If you need an extra groomsmen I'll stand in!
     
  6. trev333

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    which one will have the ring?...;)

    just thinking...what are the bridesmaids getting?...
    a bunch of boutique amps in a range of colors, some tambourines...:lol:
     
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    these girls would make appropriately qualified bridesmaids...:D

    and add some life to the after party...:twisted:
     

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    This is just about the coolest thing I've seen.
     
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    I follow all your builds over at OSG, you're amazingly talented.
    Congrats on the wedding! ;)
     
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    The guitars are wonderful, but the reason you're making them is even better; this is a very special thing to do for your groomsmen.

    Mine got pocketknives... really nice ones, but guitars would have been better.
     
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    Best groomsmen gifts EVER! My guys got wallets, pfft.

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    Heck, I just got to keep my bouttenieire when I ushered :mad:
     
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    You are the coolest dude ever!
     
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    One-string SUPER short scale on the blue guitar? :lol:
     
  15. andrewdoeshair

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    Thanks much, everyone.

    Guitar lollipop :)
     
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    WOW!!!
     
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    I likes them before the relic job especially the blue one and the white one. I am not against relicing but I prefer a checked and lightly chipped "closet classic" kind of relic over the dragged behind a truck relic. I am in no way trying to start a relic debate I just prefer a lighter relic job like the butterscotch one. Cool builds... do you need any more groomsmen?
     
  18. andrewdoeshair

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    I'm with you. I personally prefer a lighter relic; more aged and less abused. But I decided to try as many different things as I could with these, since this entire hobby has been "practice" for me. I had never done a heavy relic before, and I wanted to see what it was like. I was originally going to make them all 3 tone sunburst, with no relic job, but at the last minute I decided to try mixing the different colors and such, since I had just gotten my first compressor and paint gun only a few weeks before this, and had mostly done sunbursts with it... I recently decided that I want to start spraying sunbursts on ALL of my guitars, then doing custom colors over them afterward. That way I can keep getting that practice to get those nice bursts ;)

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    This is my recent "closet classic" relic...

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  20. Greg M

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    The guitars or the topless go-go band?:D
     
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