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Hitone last won the day on April 12 2013

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About Hitone

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  • Birthday 10/04/1972

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    Richardson, Texas
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  1. Thanks for the comments and questions. ScottR the logo was cut into the wood with the router. Love the accuracy of the CNC. The same with the text on the maple. I did then go in and mask them off once I have the color and hand painted them. It was tiedious work. The covers were a little easier. I was able to core out the inside with forsner bit. Then a dremel and sand paper got the rest.
  2. Here are some shots of a recent build. It was a wedding present from the bride to the groom. I was able pull off a bunch nice tricks on this guitar while still trying to keep it classy and personalized. The back plate was a letter from the bride. She told me he was in tears when she presented it to him. I hope to go to a wedding someday and see this guitar on stage with the band. The body was CNC's. This was my first venture into that world. I mainly wanted to make sure the logo was cut right. And for having the body cut quickly it still took a ton of work to get it to the finished product. Interesting items: Body - Swamp Ash Toneguard - flamed maple Pickup covers - Ash Fretboard - Flamed maple and canary wood strip Gotoh bridge and tuners Cardnial Laquer
  3. 2 words: Wooden Bigsby My mind is blown!!!
  4. Hitone

    SK8 Guitar - prototype

    These are cool. I built one last year to donate to a charity auction. I was a hit.
  5. The 1st & 2nd Amendment (Edit since the customer named the guitar) I don't shy away from too many requests, but I was a little hesitant to take on this project. Especially since it meant building 5 of these gun-guitars. We had a few interesting meetings, at bars, where I showed full size templates and the buyer gave me a full scale model. Only in Texas. body: Alder neck: Maple fretboard: ebony scale: 25" frets: 21 fretboard radius: 12"-16" pickups: Lace Deathbucker (of course) tuners: Kluson bridge: Fixed bridge finish: Tru-oil, Black Lacquer Trigger/Guard/Clip: Air Soft parts Customer Quote (I hope this isn't too offensive) I feel like I am living Ted Nugent's wet dream. And I love it. Interesting notes: The handguard and barrel jacket (over the top of the neck) removable for better playing. The truss rod cover is the barrel and held on with magnets for easy removal The clip is removable The trigger moves The customer bought a gun case to present the guitar. Here's a close up of the plaque. Here's a shot of the others I still have to complete. I was given a full scale model gun to get ideas from.
  6. I talked my wife into letting me take over the entire garage It takes time, I started with a small space then kept growing.
  7. Hitone

    Need A White Or Silver Decal

    Rubdowns are easy to apply. They usually send a few samples that you can play with it. The artwork is only what gets tranfered. There's no clear sheet like a waterslide. I've put them under clear and also put them on top. They are pretty durable once down. I have no issue with lacquer on top of the logo. Pretty sure tru-oil won't hurt it. You are correct about it getting expensive with 3 colors. You would have to buy a sheet per color. I put as many logos as I could get on an 11 x 17 because the cost came out better per logo. I have also use vinyl logos, which might be cheaper. Not sure. The issue with vinyl is you can't go really small. It's like a sticker.
  8. Hitone

    Need A White Or Silver Decal

    Rub downs can be pricey, but if you gang your logo up the cost comes down to less than a $1 each. Which is worth it, if you going to be making a ton of guitars. There are other companies out there doing rubdown transfers. Do a search online and find one that fits your cost. Larose Guitars turned me on to Scary Creative. His headstocks always look clean and professional.
  9. Hitone

    Need A White Or Silver Decal

    Try Scary Creative. They do a lot of guitar builders rubdowns. They did a set of metallics for me. Good quality. I use to use vinyl. This is much better. http://www.scarycreative.com/Scary-Rub-On-Down-Transfers/
  10. Hitone

    Guitar Of The Month For September

    Name: Supernatural #1 Body - Swamp Ash with a flamed maple "toneguard" Neck - 5 ply Maple & Walnut Fretboard - Rosewood with Maple strip, 10" - 14" compound Radius with jumbo frets Tuners - Spertzles Pickups - EMG X's Tremolo - Floyd Rose Finish - Green Orange tint with water-based satin body and a tru oiled neck Knobs - Handmade out of maple This guitar was made as a tribute to Living Colour and Vernon Reid. I was able to give it to him when they played in Dallas. I just received a track from Vernon of him playing the guitar. Check it out here. I also added a pic of him with the guitar.
  11. Hitone

    Tune-A-Fish Guitar

    Thanks Scott. It adds some weight, but I counter it with a lighter back wood. I used spanish cedar for the back. It weights a little less than a solid body tele.
  12. Hitone

    Tune-A-Fish Guitar

    I worked up a video to demo how the guitar sounds. I am pleased with the tone and the playability of the guitar. I really like the compound radius neck. The set up was really easy.
  13. Hitone

    Guitar Of The Month For June

    Gone Fishing Resin Cast body - embedded heavily weathered barn wood, vintage lures, hook tin, Bomber Lures box, and a Split Shot tin Fretboard is Flamed Maple with a Rosewood strip, compound radius 10"-14" Pickguard - Red Oak Back - Cedar with walnut strip Backplate - Leaktite #5 Neck - Mahogany, Walnut, Mahogany Electronics - Alnico 5 single coils Oil Finish Built to be donated to the Richardson Wildflower Festival More picks on my facebook page. NEW I just added a demo video.
  14. Hitone

    Tune-A-Fish Guitar

    Thanks SR. I did design it to use the splits in the ends to have the lures pocking through. I even painted the back dark blue to give a little water effect. Funny that there were people in the shot. I got up at the crack-o-dawn to take the picks.
  15. Hitone

    Tune-A-Fish Guitar

    Sorry for not posting in a while. I went fishing. Here are some pics I took at the pond.