My son wants me to build him a guitar

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  1. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    While visiting family over Thanksgiving, my son mentioned that he as fascinate by a certain guitar and kind of hinted that maybe I should built if for him. It is the complete antithesis of everything I like in a guitar, so I probably should do it.

    The guitar he wants is a BC Rich (hate 'em) double neck (what a bad idea) with some really bizarre features (more bad ideas). The twelve string neck has ordinary six string tuners at the head (good idea) with the octave strings anchored via ferrules (sounds like a string routing nightmare). It has a ToM style bridge with Rich's own tail piece, the octaves go thru it to tuners mounted on the butt end of the guitar (sounds awkward as hell). To add insult to injury its got humbuckers with coil tapping and a variable tone switch and about a dozen knobs and switches. The Rich version has two thru necks which I can't imagine trying to build or work on.

    I've hated every double neck I've ever seen, can't see my son playing one (he is 55 years old and plays in a P&W band at his church). I hate pointy guitars. This thing has just too many things wrong with it.

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    I'll do a thread when I build it
     
  2. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever seen or played one of these?
     
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    I loved a BC rich style guitar until I built one....:).

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  4. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    I detect a story....
     
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    It may not be your thing, but the headstock logo looks like something you've done before :);)

    Never seen nor played one.

    Good luck with this build Freeman!
     
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    They are not designed for an old fat guy like myself.....
     
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    I've seen one in person,wasn't allowed to touch or play it, and I've never been so relieved lol
     
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    I would recommend a cooperative project ... He supplies materials, labor, design ... You supply tools and workshop ... And expertise ... Deal !!!
     
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  9. Mr_Q

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    Yikes! That's quite a, yup, well...um guitar, I suppose! Sure-that's it!

    Good luck. You are on the short list of people who could pull this off.

    ~Q
     
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    Sounds like you'll need to provide a complimentary back brace with that monster! LOL Seriously, it's very interesting looking and certainly will be a challenging project...
     
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    You could quite easily put an eye out with one of those in the house!:eek:

    In OZ we'd call that FUGLY, which is short for "Flamin' Ugly"! ;)

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  12. FenderLover

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    I would say No to the tuners on the back end, and most of the electronics. If he plays this in a P&W context, he may get crucified or burned at the stake. If anyone can build it, I'm sure you can.
     
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    What'd you do to your son!? =) Lordy, I think we found the polar opposite of a Telecaster. Hideous and yet...mesmerizing. I can't wait to see it! I think ya might be upping the ante for excessive worship band gear.
     
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    Over the lifetime of a guitar, I think a one neck design will get used a lot more than a double neck, which I see as a novelty.
     
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    I've never had the desire to play one let alone build one but it sure gives you a lot of real estate for switches, dials and knobs and thingies...
     
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    I would make a good guess-timate on the weight before you start. Maybe the original has a weight listing in a spec sheet. YMMV with the wood you choose. If it were me, I would hate to do all that work and have it too heavy to use. I've got a 13 lb Les Paul that I stopped gigging with because it is just too heavy and giving me a sore shoulder.
     
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    That has so many things I despise in a guitar.

    I do enjoy a good frustrating build thread. I'll live vicariously through you.
     
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    Interesting.............

    I played a BC Rich Warlock bass back in my metal years. Not much use, or love, for pointy guitars these days.

    Burned at the stake for playing a BC Rich copy in church............that was good for an out loud laugh!

    Good luck!
     
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    Doublenecks are *heavy* beasts, and that is why you don't see too many players using them.

    I have a BC Rich Mockingbird and it is a supreme rock guitar. Here it is--avert your eyes if pointy things make you wince like a leetel grrrl:
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    I like Mockingbirds, and I had (still have) and played a BC Rich Ironbird bass in my Metal/Rock days. Loved it, but wouldn’t be seen dead with it now!

    That double neck looks a right complicated beast - good luck to ya Freeman - I wouldn’t want to attempt building one. :D
     
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