rrobbone's 2020 Brotherhood Build

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  1. rrobbone

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    So, here's the thing:

    I'm not ready to start quite yet. I have guitars to wire...


    and bodies to finish...


    ...and a few honey-do's that I've been spacing out.

    But since it appears I'll have a little extra time on my hands this spring, I thought I'd join in on the fun this time.

    I have these on hand:

    -One telecaster neck, maple/maple

    -One strat neck, maple/maple

    -One Squier Stagemaster neck, maple/rosewood – with reverse Strat headstock and shelf for Floyd Rose locking nut. I don’t have a loose FR bridge, but I know where to get ‘em.

    -Several top mounted hardtail bridges

    -One P90 bridge pickup sourced from an SX that I wouldn’t mind placing in a keeper guitar.

    -One set of red Dragonfire Phat Screamer humbuckers

    I’ll grab another couple of alder boards once I’ve finished the batch I’m making now. The body will be sourced from there – unless the wood supplier I frequent has a deal on something more interesting…

    At this point, I have no idea what to build. I just know it'll use one of the necks I already have, and I'll be leaning towards a spraybomb paint job with some sort of goofy graphic stencilled on.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. rrobbone

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    It's been a bit cold for me to work in the uninsulated/unheated shop lately, so I've been working on graphics/stencils and looking at plenty of pictures to try to find a direction for this build.

    I'd like to get going, but it seems taking my time getting started might be helpful - seeing as a corn teen is helping everyone else get finished sooner than expected.

    I have two types of guitars I'd like to make:

    I want/need a FR superstrat, although I'm not married to it being a strat shape, necessarily.

    I also saw a pic of a Vee shaped guitar with a single P90 bridge pickup - a really punk rock lookin' thing. I'm interested in taking a spin on something like it as well.

    I've also been playing around with original shapes. It's challenging finding a shape I like that isn't too derivative of something else while maintaining a balanced look that will hang correctly on a strap.

    I'm just thinking out loud here, suggestions welcome.
     
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    FR = Floyd Rose, I assume?
    How about a Jazzmaster body, but routed for Strat pickups and the Floyd Rose? Or is that a bit too conventional for what you are after?
     
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    I wouldn't think that too conventional, they aren't seen very often. I was actually thinking about doing an offset to compliment the reverse strat neck I have. I hadn't thought about a JM shape because I already have a Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 FR. It's basically a JM shape. Still, it's an interesting idea...

    Last night I was leaning towards a Supersonic/Hypersonic body shape, or something similar. What do you think about that?

    I already have a template I can base it from that I made - but mine is 10% larger to accomodate a full 25 1/2" scale rather than the original short scale of that line. I'd also opt for a full thickness body. Call it a sort of "pro" sized version of a "student" guitar. I was originally thinking of making a bass from the shape (which I'll probably still do).

    I'm a bigger guy, so I like big and heavy guitars.

    I'm thinking about shooting for a ratty, sort of DIY/Eddie Van Halen look to the guitar for this build (if not full-on relic), so even a conventional shape might do just fine. It's just a matter of making up my mind - something I struggle to do from time to time.

    ...or could you tell?
     
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    Only 3 necks to match that pile of bodies? Holy Cow!
    Well it is a brotherhood build so .... how many guitar brothers can you make?;)


    Preach it Brother, I is 9 ft tall and got big hands and I like big fat guitar necks.:D:p:cool:




    Hey its probably in that there pile.:rolleyes:
     
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    I like a nice baseball bat neck as well.

    That pile isn't for me. I have a shop elsewhere that I won't mention here in order to be fair to the members and rules of the forum. Those bods are for selling in the shop!

    How many can I make? I can make a lot. And I do, when it's warm outside...

    Besides, if I pick one of those - it sort of negates the idea of having a build thread, dunnit? They're half done.
     
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    Welcome in Rob. I like the mention of the EVH idea!
     
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    Well I just did the quickest of searches, but I don't see where anyone's done a Hyper/Supersonic Frankie...

    so that's an idea... hmmm....
     
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    Dude - is this the sort of thing you’re talking about? If so I LOVE it!

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    Now I research more - I think it’s this one. Looks very cool. I see where you’re coming from re the reverse hs.
     
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    *doh*


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    Yup. I was referring to the blue guitar you posted...

    But that first one is pretty nice! I had never seen one before. Reverse Google-Fu says it's an M-Tone Hypersonic. They have some interesting ideas. I wonder how comfy those concave cutaways would be, in the interior of the horns. It looks cool, but...
     
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    Yeah, M-Tone. I should have mentioned that.

    It’s turning me on a LOT. Giving me new ideas. :D

    But I totally see where you’re coming from re the Supersonic. Didn’t realise it was a Fender! :eek:
     
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    I went ahead and ordered the lefty tuners for the neck, and I had to grab a couple tools for the shop. That was the last of my mad money, so the trem will have to wait a few.

    Going to go with a Gotoh ge1996t this time.

    I also pulled the SX P90 I mentioned to get a reading on it, and set it aside with the Wilky half tray bridge.

    I'm thinking about rolling with a double build since I can't decide betwen 'em.
     
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    You had me at Garbage Pail Kids.
     
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    I wish I could predict a happy ending for that stickerjob, but I changed the pickups in it right after. I used painter's tape to hold the pickups in the guitar while it was flipped over for rear access - but the tape lifted the top layer of the stickers it was on.

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    I liked the look of the idea, but it seems the Garbage Pail stickers won't be very durable. I'll buy one more pack and cover the ugly spots, but I'm afraid this "finish" will relic prematurely.

    I thought about covering them with a piece of adhesive laminate... but nah.
     
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    I guess George Harrison was right when he said all things must pass. Did you see the Garbage Pail kids movie? Very dark.
     
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    Interesting guitar
     
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