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Tinkerer
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Oct 6th, 2018 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just finished another semi-hollow pine center core guitar. The front and back are Red Grandis wood. I used a set of Fender No-Caster pickups, and a 5 way 4 pole super switch, so I have the series and parallel combinations. I located the bridge pickup in the middle position and flipped the orientation by modifying and inverting a Fender bridge plate.

The body is only 1 1/4" thick, so to accommodate the super switch depth, I reshaped and modified a cast aluminum scoop to serve as a controls and jack housing.

Finish is Unicorn Spit dye - black on the back and black, purple, and red on the front that I sanded back to try and get a subtle sunburst effect. Minwax wipe on poly top coats.

Weight is just a hair under 6 lbs.

http://www.fenderforum.com/userphotos/index.html?recid=84490

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 02:25 AM, Oct 7th, 2018)

Tinkerer
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Oct 6th, 2018 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the back

Semi hollow no-caster back view.JPG

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 02:08 AM, Oct 7th, 2018)

Tinkerer
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Oct 6th, 2018 06:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

And front close up

Semi hollow no-caster close up front view.JPG

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 02:07 AM, Oct 7th, 2018)

Leftee
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Oct 6th, 2018 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

That
Is
So
Sweet!

Achase4u
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Oct 6th, 2018 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool!

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Oct 7th, 2018 12:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice work.

You definitely have a unique approach to your controls!

How is the "scoop" fixed to the body?
I don't see any obvious mounting screws.


Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Oct 7th, 2018 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Mick.

I drilled two mounting screws holes into the scoop- at the top and bottom. I used stainless steel screws and they blend in pretty well with the brushed aluminum.

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Oct 7th, 2018 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool. The control pod looks like an aluminum doorstop :o)

I can see you left a little tab on there from the handle to serve as a mounting flange. Is that a Warmoth neck?

Super creative!

Tinkerer
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Oct 7th, 2018 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you Peegoo! The neck is a USACG that I swapped from a previous build- a strat heel with a tele headstock.

Mick Reid
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Oct 7th, 2018 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ahhh, ok. I see them now.
I thought the most forward screw was for the switch assembly.

After PG's comment I that one now too.


Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Oct 7th, 2018 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got these scoops at World Market, a 3 pack for 4.99. I used the large one for this project, but even the smallest one is big enough to be used as a jack plate. All of them require filing/sanding the bottom edges so that they will sit flush on the surface of the guitar.

Cast aluminum scoop sets

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 07:04 PM, Oct 7th, 2018)

Leftee
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Oct 7th, 2018 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am laughing. Not at you, but at the cool stuff you come up with from the most unlikely things.

I love what you're doing!

Tinkerer
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Oct 7th, 2018 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you!!

Tinkerer
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Oct 8th, 2018 10:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

In playing this thing I decided that with the tele bridge pickup mounted in the middle position, I don't need a treble pot. I decided to modify the smallest scoop in the set to see if I could fit the super switch, a jack, and a volume pot into it. I used a 12mm alpha pot, and was able to get all of the controls into the smaller scoop. I used black pick guard material as a base to cover the larger control cavity left in the body from the larger scoop I had originally used. I think this setup looks cleaner, and less clunky than the original large scoop. I don't use my volume pot much, but this also puts the volume knob in a more accessible position. And I shaved another .3oz!!

Revised, smaller control plate

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 12:41 AM, Oct 9th, 2018)

Tinkerer
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Dec 14th, 2018 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have had a couple of projects going on simultaneously, and have been tweaking the No-caster guitar further- I found that I really liked the sound of the No-caster Bridge pickup located in the middle position, but that I wanted more of a difference- tonally- from the two pickups, so I replaced the No-caster neck pickup with an overwound neck pickup (9K) from GFS to get more bass/warmth. I like this pickup a lot in combination with the No-caster bridge located in the middle.

I had originally wired the guitar with a 5 way Super switch, but found that I was not using the series combinations, so I decided to re-work the controls to just have a mini-toggle 3 way switch, but to use a Jazz bass volume pot wired for independent controls of each of the pickup, so that with the 3 way in the middle position I could blend the pickups infinitely, and allows me to use the Neck pickup like a tone pot. I wired the No-caster bridge pickup with the 500k part of the concentric pot, which gave the bridge pickup a bit more treble. This combined with the GFS overwound pickup gives me a very nice range of sounds.

I ditched the modified "scoop" housing that I was using for the controls, as I did not need the depth that provided for the reworked controls. The guitar is now even lighter.

And now I have the No-caster bridge pickup to use in another project!! Although I have been thinking about putting that in this guitar but in the bridge position??? That might be cool.

Simplified controls

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 08:14 PM, Dec 14th, 2018)

Tinkerer
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Apr 1st, 2019 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am really enjoying the sound of this guitar and weight and comfort of it. I am a perpetual modifier though, and have kept making changes to the aesthetics. I decided to change out the black controls plate and made and polished an aluminum one instead, and also decided to add a dobro/resonator style sound hole cover.

I think this one is "done", although if I had a nickel for everytime I told myself that on a guitar project, well let's just say that my parts bins would be very well stocked indeed.

"Final" iteration

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Apr 1st, 2019 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tinkerer, What are the extra Cavities for?

Tinkerer
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Apr 1st, 2019 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Bubbalou- I used a traditional telecaster bridge plate which I turned upside down, so that I could invert the bridge pickup slant. The red, lipstick shaped cavities on each side of the bridge plate, are dowels that I flattened on the bottom to fit flush with the body top, and slotted on the top so that the raised sides of the plate recess into them. The black slightly recessed cavity south of the bridge plate is just something I thought look would look interesting. The body is semi-hollow so that Dobro sound hole covers were for appearance sake, but do actually give it a bit more resonance.

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