New Project Day!!!

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  1. Rollin Hand

    Rollin Hand Well-Known Member

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    Oh @PsychoCid....

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    It might just be 5150 time.....

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    Yep, could well be.....

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    Now this kit came with the generic, inexpensive, zinc block-and-saddles trem. They offer an OFR, but I did the math, and it would have been cheaper for me to get an OFR from another provider, so I went with that, knowing that I have this in reserve:

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    I just hope that it works with this....

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    ...if not< I will grab an OFR somewhere. Or an OFR 1984. :grinning:

    I have been amassing guitars a bit for the past while, but I decided that the original object of the exercise -- guitars that meant something to me or were "instrumental" in my development as a player -- was getting diluted. This was one of the guitars that had a huge impact on me when I was a kid, and made me want a Kramer. Eddie has been my "guy" forever, so this seemed logical. And it's a lot harder to do a metalflake paintjob, a la the Jack Butler guitar, yourself with cans of Duplicolor paint from Canadian Tire.

    I was amazed by the quality of the kit at first blush. I thought I was going to spend forever grain filling by going with ash, but not so. Everything is quite smooth. I will likely only need to fill once or twice, then seal. The neck fits tightly in the pocket, and feels kind of like a Fender modern C carve, at least without strings et al.

    The pickup is their "Eruption" pickup, about 15.8K with an Alnico 5 magnet. If I don't like it, I will get something else.

    I asked for specific frets with this kit, and I am not sure that I got them. The frets that BYOGuitar offers are quite small, and these don't seem like 6105s to me, but it is hard to tell without the strings on. I'll get out my calipers and measure.

    Also, not 100 percent sure, but the nut shelf looks high to me. Again, I will have to check it to be sure -- simple enough to fix if it is.

    Now, GM Olympic White and what colour for the red? If I could get Reranch in Canada, this would be easy....apparently their Olympic White and Fiesta Red are veeeeery close.

    And where to buy Spacetape? Hmmmm.......

    If I can find the time to do this right, it ought to be fun.
     
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    Rokdog Well-Known Member

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    looks like a nice kit with lotsa eye catching grainy goodness on the body..
    can't wait to see how you complete this build....Game ON !!
     
  3. PsychoCid

    PsychoCid Well-Known Member

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    Cool!

    You may need to have the nut shelf drilled to accept the nut. Especially if its the kind that bolts through the neck.

    Sand down the treble side of the neck so that the carve is thinner on that side than on the bass.

    See eBay or maybe here for decals:

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    Cool! Are you going to do the standard 5150 graphics? I get so tired of seeing everyone copy that exact look and wish I would see more designs that kind of use the 5150 theme a bit but stay mostly original. That's just me though. Don't let my opinion stop you from nailing on a quarter by the bridge and sticking reflectors or whatever on there if that's what you want. :) Can't wait to see the build!
     
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    cantthink0f0ne Well-Known Member

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  6. Rollin Hand

    Rollin Hand Well-Known Member

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    I went there....their "shopping cart" doesn't seem to work. I e-mailed them and got no reply. It's a shame, since they are/were in Winnipeg. eBay will likely win on this one.

    As for the nut, OFR nuts can be mounted from both ways....oooo, I'm naughty! The nut they sent was top mount. I can do a top mount Gotoh nut as well.

    The 5150 is the plan, but we will see what transpires. The biggest worry for me now is getting a red paint that works -- I am trying to keep everything Duplicolor (it fits with the general way Ed did things...plus I have gift cards), but if I have to I will get a couple of custom spray bombs done up. I am hopeful that I'll be able to get a red that isn't too "deep". That said, if the white softens the red coat, it could work.
     
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    You'll need just the precise shade of black for the stripes to pull it all together too. :D

    I prefer bolt through lock nuts. If you look at Eddie's guitars, his personal Wolfgangs and prototypes have a through bolt style even though the production run for the public gets the top mounts
     
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    OOOOOOOHHHHHH!!!!!!
     
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    Alright, Rollin', the time has come to get together for a pint and such... I'm gonna wanna see this project in person!
     
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    Rollin Hand Well-Known Member

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    All decals now purchased via eBay.

    Still trying to figure out how well a d-Tuna will work with a Gotoh Floyd. The design lays the fine tuners back at a different angle, and I am worried that it could mean the device is closer to the surface of the body than I want.

    I'll have to hit someplace that carries all of the different tape sizes.....man, this has me pretty charged up!
     
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    Custom-cut tape!
     
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    neck looks nice shame they don't sell that by itself
     
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    Awesome project!

    Keep the pics coming as you make progress.
     
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    Man this is the project most project guys probably secretly dream of - watching for sure!
     
  15. Rollin Hand

    Rollin Hand Well-Known Member

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    The stickers arrived.....

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    And the d-Tuna seems to fit.

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  16. PsychoCid

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    Don't forget to place the 0 slightly higher than the 515.

    Also one Star goes on the headstock and the other star goes in the neck cutaway.
     
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    Careful... That machine looks like it could hurt you.
     
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    Heh the gotoh version is more friendly than normal because it has many rounded edges
     
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    Yes, and they are beautifully built. When I received it and opened it, it just looked way better than any other bridge I owned. You can literally feel the quality.
     

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