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Egads
01-24-2013, 04:41 PM
We've talk about tweaks and mods to our beloved gear. What about complete DIY builds? Let's show some pics of everything from changed knobs and tuners to custom built guitars, amps, cabs, effects, pedal boards, etc.

I've swapped pickups, tuners, knobs, pickguards (I finally got that rosewood pickguard for my Mira!), and I just recently built a sapele 1x12 convertible cab. I'll try to get some pics up soon.

Whaddya got?

Harker1440
01-24-2013, 07:40 PM
Ive built a couple pedalboards and a speaker cab

garrett
01-24-2013, 09:18 PM
The one on the left I built up with parts from USA Custom Guitars. I designed it to bridge the gap between my HBII and my other Strats. 25" scale neck, semi-hollow, HB in the bridge. I did the neck finish with wipe-on poly.

The one in the middle is a Fender on its fourth pickguard, third set of pickups, and has had two other necks on it though it's back to the original.

The one on the right is gone now, but a luthier put it together for me. I did the neck finish. It had a gorgeous flame so I used amber dye and sprayed it with nitro. It popped like a PRS maple top. I gotta find pics of that neck...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v686/lgbclp/Guitars/07e5051b.jpg


The SE Soapbar II, did tuners, rewire, TonePros. It's now its third set of pickups, and still not quite right. :( Left the nut to a pro.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v686/lgbclp/Guitars/soap3.jpg


My biggest DIY to date is my green Tele style, which has been my Number One since putting it together over a year and a half ago.

From concept:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v686/lgbclp/Custom%20Tele/LGBCustomTeleMock-up.png

To a pile of parts:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v686/lgbclp/Custom%20Tele/IMG_20110514_140120.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v686/lgbclp/Custom%20Tele/IMG_20110610_173710.jpg

To finished product:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v686/lgbclp/Custom%20Tele/IMG_20110611_142217.jpg

I did all the assembly, except I left the nut and final setup to a pro. Neck and body were pre-finished, but I did the decals for the headstock. The neck was done in satin nitro, so I sprayed a dozen coats of gloss clear on the front of the headstock and buffed it out for a nice shine.

More pics of that one through the process here: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v686/lgbclp/Custom%20Tele/ The wiring is a little different now and I swapped the neck pickup for a Strat pup. Need to get some more pics. The nitro is aging nicely as well.

My other Tele has been through many iterations and wiring schemes. It has been the target of many experiments.

Egads
01-24-2013, 10:36 PM
Cool stuff. I love the semi-hollow Strat and the forearm cut on the Tele. I've got a kit Tele that needs some modifications to get it together (which is why it's still sitting in a corner) and am planning the next cab (1x15 in a bubinga convertible cab).

sergiodeblanc
01-25-2013, 12:03 AM
Like these?

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/MonsterTrux88085796_c2efa410cc.jpg
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/l.jpg
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/l-1-2.jpg

Egads
01-25-2013, 10:17 PM
I think I still have my Powell Peralta and my original Tony Hawk boards in my parents' attic. Hook me up?

WEDGE
01-25-2013, 10:22 PM
I think I still have my Powell Peralta and my original Tony Hawk boards in my parents' attic. Hook me up?

Oh I am a huge Hawk fan and among the fifty or so decks i have stashed have maybe seven of the Claw decks........I would love to see what you have stashed, and what I could pry out of your hands...... :)

Egads
01-25-2013, 10:42 PM
Most are a different version of crackwood at this point. :bawling:

Here's a couple shots of my cab build:
http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/u549/Egadsgray/2012-12-17_16-28-10_638_zpsdf1884df.jpg

http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/u549/Egadsgray/2012-12-17_16-28-42_96_zpsf91194c3.jpg

Aeetus
01-26-2013, 12:53 PM
I've re=covered my amp and an old Orange cab. The amp was quite easy, the cab was a nightmare.....
Before
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/Orange1.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/Orange4.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/Orange3.jpg
After.....
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/DSC01065.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/DSC01064.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/DSC01066.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/CornfordOrange4-1.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/CornfordOrange7-1.jpg

LSchefman
01-26-2013, 01:25 PM
Aeetus, you did a phenomenal job recovering that cab! I know how hard it is to get a result like that - I never could.

carpincowboy
01-27-2013, 10:42 AM
Heres my very first go at building a guitar.https://imageshack.us/a/img38/2416/10000115744186217805701.jpg

Aeetus
01-27-2013, 11:39 AM
Aeetus, you did a phenomenal job recovering that cab! I know how hard it is to get a result like that - I never could.

Thanks bud but I'm sure you could. It just takes a little planning, patience and confidence. The Orange cab was a little more tricky than say a Marshall because the stringing goes around the body. I'm happy with the result and thinking about doing one of my combos in the spring.

Carpincowboy - that guitar is looking good, more pics required.

carpincowboy
01-27-2013, 04:18 PM
Aeetus. I dont have any more pics as when i was building it i never thought about taking photos. Dont know why. If i ever build another i will keep the camera handy.

jfb
03-06-2013, 05:54 AM
Aeetus, you did a phenomenal job recovering that cab! I know how hard it is to get a result like that - I never could.

Really well done Aeetus. That can looked like it had been BBQ'd.

vchizzle
03-06-2013, 10:32 AM
I've re=covered my amp and an old Orange cab. The amp was quite easy, the cab was a nightmare.....
Before
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/Orange1.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/Orange4.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/Orange3.jpg
After.....
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/DSC01065.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/DSC01064.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/DSC01066.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/CornfordOrange4-1.jpg
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/d1dsj/CornfordOrange7-1.jpg

Nice job!!! Looks stunning. Which Cornford head?

Egads
03-06-2013, 11:01 PM
Wow, Aeetus! That's great. Very well done.

John Beef
03-07-2013, 10:29 AM
I went through a dozen parts guitars before buying a PRS. I only have one parts guitar left. Originally designed in 2002 as an answer to many of the things I struggled with during a 7 year period with one guitar, a MIJ Jazzmaster. It went through a few changes, but this is the current setup:

Warmoth body, one piece swamp ash.
USACG neck, maple on maple, 25" conversion with .86 U carve and tele style headstock.
Fralin hum canceling P-90 for Jazzmaster wound with 42 gauge wire.
NOS 1960s Fender white witch hat knobs.
Hipshot ultralight open gear tuners.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee251/johnmfer/CurrentGuitars/IMG_3117.jpg

jfb
03-07-2013, 10:33 AM
I might be able to handle something like the Catalinbread F IT. YOU BUILD IT (http://www.catalinbread.com/kits/) pedal. The video is good for a laugh.

Aeetus
03-07-2013, 10:46 AM
Really well done Aeetus. That can looked like it had been BBQ'd.

Thanks, yeah it did look a little worse for wear! Lol


Nice job!!! Looks stunning. Which Cornford head?

Cheers, it's an early MK50H black chassis... it's a real beast of an amp!


Wow, Aeetus! That's great. Very well done.

Many thanks, even now when I look at it when we are gigging it makes me smile.... when I hit the first big chord I've been known to literally Lol.

Egads
03-07-2013, 12:00 PM
I might be able to handle something like the Catalinbread F IT. YOU BUILD IT (http://www.catalinbread.com/kits/) pedal. The video is good for a laugh.

Tey used to make that Hyper Pak pedal in a really small enclosure. I picked one up used a few years ago. It works really well with some amps--the brighter the amp, the better.

frankb56
03-07-2013, 12:29 PM
My only attempt at DIY was a complete a disaster. It started when I when I wanted to change the cheap Chinese jack installed on a cheap Epiphone Dot because it had shorted out. First, problem, working with a hollow body is a *****. To make matters worst I decided to replace the pickups, volume and tone pots--two each-- and rewire everything. Soldering ground wires on the back of the volume pots turned into one of the most aggravating things I ever did in my life (and believe my wife keeps me busy). Why can't they include a loop specifically for grounding on these things? To this day after spending more on parts than the damn guitar is worth it makes a nice wall deco. I will never attempt to do that to one of my better guitars. About the only thing I will do is polish them and adjust the truss rods. Kudos to all of you who know what your doing. I'm really impressed.

John Beef
03-07-2013, 01:59 PM
My only attempt at DIY was a complete a disaster. It started when I when I wanted to change the cheap Chinese jack installed on a cheap Epiphone Dot because it had shorted out. First, problem, working with a hollow body is a *****. To make matters worst I decided to replace the pickups, volume and tone pots--two each-- and rewire everything. Soldering ground wires on the back of the volume pots turned into one of the most aggravating things I ever did in my life (and believe my wife keeps me busy). Why can't they include a loop specifically for grounding on these things? To this day after spending more on parts than the damn guitar is worth it makes a nice wall deco. I will never attempt to do that to one of my better guitars. About the only thing I will do is polish them and adjust the truss rods. Kudos to all of you who know what your doing. I'm really impressed.
Redoing pickups and electronics on a 335 style guitar as your first DIY guitar work is a little bit like appearing on the Iron Chef when you've never cooked anything in your life.

I did that once to a Korean Epi Sheraton, along with upgrading the hardware, and created a pretty phenomenal player. But it took me an entire day to do without any interruptions. A normal pickup swap or something might take me 20-30 minutes tops, while drinking.

frankb56
03-07-2013, 03:15 PM
Impressed that it only took you a day to work on your Epi.... I gave up after about 5 days of work. Any clues on how to get the ground wires to stick to the volume pots?

clcwarlock
03-07-2013, 03:32 PM
http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?3278-DIY-Studio-Monitor-Stands-By-CLCWarlock-Part-1