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  1. Finally got this thing finished! Like I said, working 60+hours a week between two jobs, holding down gigs and practices with two bands, and of course a girlfriend (groan!), doesnt leave a lot of time free. Oh no, the world exclaims - another 20-year-old just found out what real life is like! Haha Anyhoo, stuck the hardware in... ...and downright butchered the electronics... ...and strung her up! Uhh... Remember the bit where I made a jack plate out of an aluminum can? Yeah, uh, dont do that. It doesnt work very well. I walked a little too far away from my amp one practice, and it... Well, just look: However, I am really quite happy with my sponge-applied poly finish. Not so much with my shoddy set-up Overall, I'd say this build's been a fair success. It's got its flaws, quirks, and a seriously crap set of pickups, but for an incredibly low budget and very little time investment, it's not bad!
  2. Can we have a video please? I've seen the photographs of the monster, now I want to hear it scream...!
  3. Scott - The bass horn shouldnt be a problem. I've been playing the other guitar for a few years, and the only problem I've found is that the guitar is unnaturally light, due to it's hollow softwood construction! I'll have to weigh it, but it's wierdly light. Probably why I designed the bass horn to be that long - no neck dive. (excuse the locking nut on that neck - been meaning to build a proper neck for that thing for years...) Agent Zed - That's one of the guitars I was looking at when I drew inspiration for this! http://projectguitar.com/tut/bsb.htm This tutorial, to be exact. As for the "see what happens" technique, isnt life more fun this way?
  4. Hey, been a long time... I found this old guitar body in my garage about a week ago. Built this thing as one of two guitars, going on about three years ago, but never finished it. As you can see, it was a pretty dire attempt. I was just a kid back then, right? Pine and birch construction, hacked together from about seven pieces of wood, and covered in wood filler! Structurally sound, and perfectly functional, but a total eyesore - hence why it never was finished. So I dragged it out of the garage last week, determined to do something with it. A finish, paint maybe, just SOMETHING to get it playable and get something out of it. Then my gaze settled on some Indian Ink (from the self-tattooing days...) Application was done with a few scrunched-up receipts, mostly received from the local pub's card machine. Just dip 'em in the ink, and wipe them across the guitar as rough as you can! Pretty cool effect. And no brushes or spray equipment to clean afterwards. I dont know how many of you have tried or even heard of Kraken Black Spiced Rum, but its a beautiful drink. Me and my friends discovered this a few months ago, and have lost many nights of memories to this terrifying sea monster. So I drew a squid! Traced it onto the guitar... And tattooed it! Yep, I tattooed a guitar - scratched the ink into the top with a sharpened mechanical pencil dipped in ink. The process was very similar to a DIY tattoo, if anybody here is also unfortunate enough to have experienced one. Masked off the squid... ...and rubbed ink all over. I wanted the top to be darker than how the back turned out, so I diluted a bit of Indian ink in water, and wiped it on with an old sponge. This brought me up to about midnight, two days into the project. I then went to work, and did roughly 60 hours in a week - no time for guitars! Got back to it yesterday, and started experimenting with top coats. I found some of this in the garage, and did a few test pieces with it. Three disadvantages of Linseed Oil I found - it slightly discolors the ink, it takes a while to cure, and it makes your guitar smell like an old man's walking stick. So I went and bought this: I'm sure theres a reason why I shouldnt be using this, or why I shouldnt be applying it with a sponge, but it seems to be working and I'm happy! Now, the hole for the jack socket needs a cover plate. Simple! Shoulda been a beer can though, but I got rid of all the weekend's evidence yesterday. Now I've got a bowl of hardware and electronics - just add milk, and om-nom-nom-nom....!
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_internal_reflection
  6. Yeah, template's gone for sure. You could try plugging it with something, but its just a template, and theres the danger the same thing could happen in the same place. Its just a template, make a new one if I were you. I agree with the idea of cutting the neck in two down it's length and adding a center laminate - make a feature of it!
  7. I'm about halfway through building a 5-string bass neck with a jigsaw, rasps, tenon saw, power sander, and a router table. I'll let you know how it goes. But you can definitely buy a pre-built neck for less than the tools to build your own.
  8. I use multi-purpose household oil, the runny stuff you use to stop doors from creaking and etc. Definately clean the tuners before you oil them, usually its all the crap stuck to the gears that makes the difference.
  9. I dont use tone controls on guitars. However, my active bass has a tone control which I use constantly.
  10. I keep mine warm by burning reject guitar projects.
  11. Usually I dont like relic jobs, but that turned out sweet...
  12. I've successfully built a chambered pine body with birch plywood top and back, and that sounds a little... soft. It's a superstrat-looking thing. It's not as bright as my cheap plywood body strat, though, but that one works fine as well. I think there's more input to the sound in how you make it, and the craftsmanship, than the wood you choose. Which is why I'm so surprised mine turned out well...
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