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    DIY gear?

    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?

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    Ive built a couple pedalboards and a speaker cab

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    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...




    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.




    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:



    To a pile of parts:



    To finished product:



    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/v6...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.
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    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).

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    Like these?

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    I think I still have my Powell Peralta and my original Tony Hawk boards in my parents' attic. Hook me up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egads View Post
    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......
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    Most are a different version of crackwood at this point.

    Here's a couple shots of my cab build:



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    I've re=covered my amp and an old Orange cab. The amp was quite easy, the cab was a nightmare.....
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    Aeetus, you did a phenomenal job recovering that cab! I know how hard it is to get a result like that - I never could.

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    Heres my very first go at building a guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeetus View Post
    I've re=covered my amp and an old Orange cab. The amp was quite easy, the cab was a nightmare.....
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    Nice job!!! Looks stunning. Which Cornford head?

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

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    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:

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    NOS 1960s Fender white witch hat knobs.
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    I might be able to handle something like the Catalinbread F IT. YOU BUILD IT pedal. The video is good for a laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Really well done Aeetus. That can looked like it had been BBQ'd.
    Thanks, yeah it did look a little worse for wear! Lol

    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post
    Nice job!!! Looks stunning. Which Cornford head?
    Cheers, it's an early MK50H black chassis... it's a real beast of an amp!

    Quote Originally Posted by Egads View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    I might be able to handle something like the Catalinbread F IT. YOU BUILD IT 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.

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