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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / First completed build of 2019

Tinkerer
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Jan 12th, 2019 10:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was waiting on some switches which were scheduled to arrive this coming Monday, but in a very pleasant surprise showed up today. I spent today finishing my first completed build of 2019.

This is a semi-hollow body, 2" thick, made with a poplar back, pine center core, and a roasted maple top. I wanted to do something evocative of a resonator so instead of F-holes I went with resonator discs.

There is a No-Caster pickup in the neck, a Lollar Chicago Steel in the middle, and a Railhammer Alnico Grande in the bridge. I had acquired these over the last couple of years and they have been in and out of other builds, but it bothered be to have them gathering dust, so I thought I'd try something different with them.

I just don't use the volume pot when I play, and I rarely switch pickups during songs, so I thought I would try to come up with minimalist "Stealth" controls. There are 3 sub-mini toggle switches which I mounted in an inverted, and differently located jack plate.

Body clocks in right at 7lbs.

My wife gave me a Warmoth roasted maple neck for Christmas. I have always had good luck with Warmoth necks, but this is perhaps that best I have received in terms of the very little bit of spot fret leveling that I had to do.

Also, I have been using Sperzel locking tuners on previous builds, but for this I decided to try the GFS version at about half the price. They come with graduated string heights, and my initial impression is that they are excellent.

Semi-hollow with stealth controls

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 12:37 AM, Jan 13th, 2019)

Tinkerer
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Jan 12th, 2019 10:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

And a close up of the controls

"Stealth Controls"

Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Jan 12th, 2019 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back view

Finish on the guitar is Unicorn Spit red, sanded back, and then wipe on poly.

back view

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Just beyond Mars

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Jan 12th, 2019 11:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

wow!

That looks great. I like your guitar design aesthetic; many makers go way off the reservation simply to have a quirky or weird look. But the off-beat look of your creations is based on function and utility. I like!

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Jan 13th, 2019 01:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is my favorite to date... and I like them all.

Edited to add:

I used a set of those tuners on a build last year and I agree. Great tuners!

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 03:44 AM, Jan 13th, 2019)

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Jan 13th, 2019 02:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Post us a shot of the entire guitar, please. I’d love to see how it all comes together!

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 04:50 AM, Jan 13th, 2019)

Tinkerer
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Jan 13th, 2019 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you both! I am very happy with how this turned out. All of my builds have had mistakes incurred in the process, and I have learned something with each mistake, but this has been the smoothest of my builds so far.

"Full frontal" pic

Tinkerer
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Jan 13th, 2019 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got careless and tried to use my cordless drill to drill the toggle switch holes in the jack plate. It slipped and scratched the plate a bit. I had a spare and used my drill press, and that is the one I used on the guitar.

It got me thinking though about other control options in a jack plate. If you have ever wondered if you can get a knife switch and a volume pot into an inverted jack plate, and who among us has not wondered this, I tried it with the buggered up jack plate, and the answer is yes! I had an import 3 way in my parts bin, and it works (I assume an import 5 way would be the same overall size?????). If I wanted to do the controls like this, I would need to add an electrosocket side jack, and unless I added another switch somewhere else on the guitar, I would lose the" all 3 pickups on at the same time" option that I have with the toggles, but this might be an idea for a future project, or a change to this build if I find that the switch scheme currently on the guitar is too cumbersome.

Another control idea

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Jan 13th, 2019 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice!

LeftyMeister
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Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jan 13th, 2019 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow! That's very unique.

Tinkerer
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Jan 17th, 2019 11:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

One last update. I have had almost a week with it, took it to practice, and am very happy with how this guitar sounds and plays. I found thought that the 3 toggle switches were not convenient, so I decided to change to a traditional knife switch to control the pickup selection. I was able to fit a 5 way knife switch into a strat style jack plate. I had to modify the Alpha style switch a fair amount to get into to fit, was able to do so. With that switch mounted to the plate, I could not also fit the jack into that plate, so I added an electrosocket jack on the side of the guitar, and put a volume pot into the hole where the jack was located before on the strat style jack plate. I never use a tone pot- I always play with them wide open, so I series wired a 220k resistor and .022cap in between hot and ground to have the have the effect of a tone pot on "10". I think this one is done!

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Feb 24th, 2019 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice job, original shape with a traditional profile. What about a selector switch on the side of the upper horn this side of the strap button? Easily manipulated by either hand.

I don’t often make on the fly adjustments, sometimes tone but I usually catch that before the next tune.

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