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WOO HOOO! The neck arrived yesterday afternoon! I spent a few hours of the afternoon, evening and a few this morning prepping it for attachment- new Gotoh tuners and the locking nut installed. It look

Oh hell yeah!    

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1 hour ago, Steve Haynie said:

Pink guitars, too.

Who am I to judge...  :lol:

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Wow- so, it's been a while since I've updated-  Oct. 9th to be exact- but LOTS has happened and will be happening on the bench in the next few weeks-

Start with the HEL getting a new pickup. It seems my initial choice of a Pegasus was ill-suited for the Willie G. BIg time. Bit of a surprise to be honest because it sounds great in the 'hog Godzilla! Cali. I mean really good!  Maybe it's a badly built p'up. It's been known to happen. Anyway, the Pegasus came out and a similarly hued Custom TB-5 went in. Vast improvement!!! However, I'm convinced it can still be better, so, I've reached out to Josh for some suggestions on a custom build for it. Gonna try one of his custom wound Mongoose first to see if that works.

Next up is a makeover for a certain soon-to arrive Hamer. Needless to say but it'll get the complete Diablo-cizing with new stainless jumbo frets, new Floyd, possibly a new sustainer unit, a kill switch tone knob, toggle switch, possibly a new pick up set and new paint! Much of this will have to be done outside of the "bench" as it it far out paces my paltry skills.

Last one is a less-extensive makeover for the incoming Charvel Pro Mod DK24. It'll likely need a fret dressing as the ones coming outta Mexico haven't exactly been stellar. It'll also need a German Floyd and a proper toggle switch. But depending on how well the Full Shred sounds in the DK, I fully expect to replace those IF the DK has the baseline mojo. Even if the FS sounds good, I'ma likely replace it with something more aesthetically suitable. I mean, who puts white p'ups in a black shreddy guitar? Jeeeeeez. :rolleyes:

Stay tuned!!!

 

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It has begun! The Cent I scored last week is on the first leg of a journey that will see it transformed into a metal flake, shredding monster! :lol:  I really should give credit to DBraz for the inspiration- I was so impressed with the job he did on his that I opted for several similar options- as with David's, mine will be getting a Sustainiac as well as receive a Stike metal flake finish! However, the similarities end there. I'm also having another tone pot disguised kill switch in my version. The neck and board will be refinished after the jumbo stainless steel frets are installed. As the Z Glide is not yet available for non- Dean Z models, I'll have to settle for Stike's amazing satin finishes on it the back.  :P  The middle pickup will be done away with and the bridge p'up will become a SD SH-4 JB-L unless I can lay my hands on a JB-J. The blade style switch will be replaced with the requisite toggle. All unused slots, holes and cavities will be filled and painted over.

Now the waiting commences!

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1 hour ago, scottcald said:

Call and ask them.  It's all done with lasers, so maybe they can oblige you.  :lol:

That would be a "hell no", thanks.  ;)

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Project: Cent is fully underway. Stainless jumbos installed and the fret board's former pristine beauty has been reclaimed as a result. (is it me or does anyone else almost get wood from seeing virgin-esque maple like this?) The middle p'up cavity is blocked up with a hunk o' alder and the appropriate holes have been added. The tech helping me put this together has all the requisite parts including a new(ish) Schaller, w/ big block, a SD JB-L, a momentary kill switch tone pot and, of course, the Sustainiac system and the Cent is on it's way down to be Stike-ified. This is shaping up to be a killer and versatile stage ax!!!

 

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2 minutes ago, RobB said:

It’s just you. 

I'm good with that.

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So, in the event ya missed it in the other thread-  with a lil' point in the right direction from the HFC's newest resident guitar whisperer, JeffR, I tackled installing some Dimarzios into Kurtsstuff's former sparkling wine :lol: Cali, which is no biggie, in of it self. However, this time I was soldering it up with a dreaded 3 way blade switch, with which I had no experience, given my oft-stated preference for toggle styles.

Happy to report all went well! The patient is sewn back up and plays and sounds great!!! The Crunch Lab and Pro Track sound pretty damned good!

 

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While the Cent is away for Stike-izing (rumor has it, got some flakes last week?) I've been busy securing more projects (and debt as a result) to Diablo-cize including the Caliablo I scored this weekend. :D  Of equal newsworthiness, I got an estimate from Shane at HEL Guitars for my proposed Charvel-esque Dinky build and it looks as though Shane's the winner.

This build concept was inspired, in part, from my recently acquiring a Charvel Pro Mod DK24 that is as comfy a shredder as I've played in a long time. The neck profile is like that favorite pair of well broken-in blue jeans that just is hard to match. The guitar is really quite nice save for a few nagging issues. Enter the notion to get one built without those issues.  As coincidence has it, I saw Richie Sambora playing a badass looking Charvel or Fender CS (pictured below) at the recent RRHoF inductions ceremony a few weeks back. That's the other part of the inspiration. Loved that reversed Strat head and the maple board. All it needed was 24 frets and a garish 80's paint job and it would've become a holy grail ax. F-  that. I 'll have one built.

So, it's off to finalize specs but it's looking to be an alder Dinky style body, bolt-on, oiled rock maple neck and board, 24 jumbo stainless frets, reversed Strat head, 2 H, toggle, OFR, 1 Vol, 1 Tone/momentary kill switch, and Cali-positioned (butt end) angled jack input. Paint is to be neon magenta and black Cheetah print with a bare head stock.

 

 

 

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49 minutes ago, BubbaVO said:

I get a kick out of watching your ideas become reality. 

A few on here get nauseated watching my ideas come to life so, I'm delighted that you get a kick. :D

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The HEL DK24 project has officially begun!!! I've spec-ed out my version of Charvel's DK24 Pro Mod HH and have put a deposit down on it's creation. I've sent a drawing of the body, reference photos from multiple angles and the neck from one of my 2 DK's to Shane who's wasted no time getting the ball rolling on his end.  This is very exciting given the home-f*cking-run he hit with the Interceptor/Standard. Have always wanted a reversed Strat head shredder and now it's gonna be joining my harem. Just in time for the final leg of my cover band's 9 year journey!

 

 

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Operation Cent Mod progresses along nicely!!!

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7 minutes ago, Steve Haynie said:

You will get noticed with that guitar!

Well, I guess I better learn how to play it, then. 😂

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Next up on the project horizon, while I tweak the MOAC, I'm sending my latest Caliablo to the painters for a nice bit of 80's finish- neon crackle! Oh yeah. The Cali Elite(STD?) body that came with the Diablo neck will also be getting a few customary tweaks- enlarged pull-up cavity for OFR bolts, toggle switch hole drilled and the blade switch will be plugged. The key component will be the neck I'm having fashioned. Haven't decided on a builder yet but it will be similar to the one I had built for the HA HA Cali- maple /maple but with colored tumbling boomers. The Diablo neck will likely go on the block as I don't see a need for it in my future.

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The body of the Cali project, now entitled simply, Pinky, is underway in earnest. My builder friend and band mate Meatbomb has plugged, routed and drilled the body for my usual array of hardware and features and it's being sent out for paint today. Meanwhile, I am hunting down a builder to do a highly specialized and unique neck for this build. Details to come. ;)

 

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