Coming Soon to a Theater Near You From the makers of "Project Rogue - Beatle Bass Overhaul" and "Mosstone Mahogany Tele Build" comes another breathtaking, tour-de-force project thread that will leave you on the edge of your seat with suspense! (mostly wondering: "Hey! Is he even still working on this thing anymore???) In a world full of cheap, Asian-made guitars, one man starts out on a quest to find himself, and satisfy his unstoppable obsession. One man apart, with a vision... Unwilling to settle for corporate offerings and 'committee approved designs". A man alone in a world gone mad, willing to stretch the boundaries of good taste... and probably good sense! A man who doesn't care if you think his guitar is 'girly'. A man with a dream, and a can of paint! (And probably too much time on his hands...) Its.... Mosstone: Project Rose - "The Fuchsia Strat" (you know things are getting out of control when there's a colon and a tag-line in the title of your project thread...) It has begun! After allowing myself a couple of weeks to play the Gypsy Rose and enjoy her Stratty goodness, I took her apart this afternoon and scuffed up the body with 220 grit sandpaper in preparation for painting. I decided to go with the fuchsia-ish, 'Sugar' paint I mentioned in the 'SX Gypsy Rose Owners' thread. I think it'll be quick and easy to work with, and I like the color. I've already taped and sprayed the headstock and it looks pretty good. I want to wait until tomorrow to take pictures of it in natural daylight. The color doesn't look right in the pics I took of it indoors. Check out that swimming pool rout! Looks like somebody went a little freestyle with the router and it got away from him a little. At least it didn't go beyond the boundaries of the pickguard. Impressions on disassembly: That rout may look ugly, but this guitar was assembled very well. Everything was put together nice and tight. All the screws came out with considerable effort, but most importantly, they all came out straight. Nothing was loose, or sloppy. Nothing looked like it was 'eyeballed' or slap-dash. Everything lined up perfectly. The neck pocket was a nice, snug fit. I didn't have to exert a whole lot of force to get it out of the pocket, but there was a bit of friction. I measured the neck heel and discovered that it is indeed 2-3/16" wide, so these guitars can be used to make a 24.75" tele, and for the Firebird project I have planned. The quality of this neck is excellent. Not a single bad fret on it. It's got a great, comfortable profile for me... Even the rosewood looks really nice (and it'll look better after some linseed oil). But the question is; if I start buying these guitars to harvest the necks, what will I do with the bodies? (who of my good friends here will help me get rid of the bodies?! ). I can't think of why anyone would want to buy a body you can't get a neck for without spending $200 (or buying a Gypsy Rose). Here's a (blurry) look at the back of the pickguard. I have to say, I like the convenience of being able to pull out all your works in one go. Cut three wires, and everything is uninstalled. Pretty neat wiring job. Pots, cap and switch are crap, or course... Those will be replaced. I think I'm going to wire the middle pickup to its own volume, so I can dial it in and out, and wire the bridge and neck pickups to a four way switch like a Tele. That way, I can have all pickup combinations, plus the bridge and neck in series. I'll also shield the cavity and PG. I had a hard time getting used to one volume and two tones, anyway... And no tone control for the bridge pickup?? No-no-no-no... There will be a master tone. The stock pickups actually sound surprisingly good, and I grew to appreciate them more with each day, but they could use a little mellowing out. I was going to have Tim make me a set of pickups, but TMC got me thinking about changing magnets, so I want to try that first. I think some A5s will do the trick.