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whalehazard

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  1. Siren FZ TV Yellow finish on one piece swamp ash body and quartersawn cherry neck. East Indian rosewood headplate and fretboard with white fiber and rosewood binding. Inlay materials include recon stone, gold glitter plastic, and white pearloid. Schaller roller bridge, with Bigsby tailpiece. Grover Deluxe tuners. Natural bone nut. Chunky 50's profile neck. 24.75" scale. 14" radius Forearm contour and shaped heel for comfort. 50's Gibson P90 with new pole pieces and cover. This has a built in fuzz pedal, which is partially controlled by the proximity of the player's hand to the copper plate, which acts similarly to a theremin antenna. Second knob on the body is for the volume of the effect, other controls are wired to trimpots inside the control cavity. The LED indicates whether the switch is on or off, and it gets brighter the closer your hand is to the antenna.
  2. OK! This took far too long to finish. Sanded back to wood twice, had to touch up the clear a couple of times, spray more to cover witness lines, etc...TV yellow on ash with waterbased lacquer is tough! This is finally done and will be picked up by its new owner tomorrow. It sounds and plays great. It has a built in fuzz pedal. I'm not supposed to talk about what pedal it is, the owner works for the company that makes them. One of the pedal controls is controlled by a theremin-style antenna, which is attached to the copper plate on the pickguard. This thing makes some crazy sounds. The LED indicates when the pedal is on, and it gets brighter depending on the proximity of your hand to the plate. PM me if you think you know what it is, but don't post it here. Pics! The color in these is not super consistent, but you get the idea.
  3. Long time, everybody. This one's been a real pain. Long story short, I had to start this finish over twice. Trying to do a TV yellow with waterbased lacquer is very tough. In the end I cheated and sprayed two coats of rattle nitro between the yellow and the grain fill. But, I'm very happy with the final result. The test I posted earlier was no good. Likewise, starting with a white base went out the window. The first pic here is a pretty good indication of the color, the detail shot is much more orange. Ever seen TV yellow on ash before? I think it's pretty sweet. Now to cure. I'll be back in a couple of weeks!
  4. The top is great...so warm and inviting. Excellent build.
  5. Engraved the headstock logo detail and sprayed a white base coat. Making good progress.
  6. I think I've got the color about where I want it. I got the go-ahead from the client, but the filler on the final version will be slightly less red. This picture is pretty close to what it looks like in person. Also...truss rod cover.
  7. This is beautiful...love the zebrawood. And your lam necks are killer as always.
  8. Oh boy...in the process of spilling a $32 dollar can of conductive paint on the floor of my basement, I put a small ding in the back of the headstock. It'll iron out and will be painted over, I think I'm more frustrated about the paint.
  9. I tried to talk him out of it, but no luck. It'll still be cool. I'll probably do another one of these in the future with some tweaks.
  10. I think so too, but he wants my take on TV yellow. Still figuring out how best to do it on the ash, but I'm almost there.
  11. Got this one assembled and wired up. The client is very happy with it, so it's time to finish sanding and finalize some color tests. Hopefully I'll start spraying this one this weekend.
  12. These look great. I love RD's. Looking forward to watching these builds.
  13. Got the electronics sorted out. Here's where they go. I'll elaborate more when it's done. This will have a Gibson P90 from the 50's in it, and some other cool stuff.
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