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Hitone

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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

    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.
  12. Hitone

    12 String Gretsch Tele

    Here's a demo video that the new owner Ken made. Good stuff.
  13. Hitone

    Guitar Of The Month For March

    12 String Gretsch/Tele This was an idea dreamed up by a fiend of mine. He loves Orange Gretsch hollow bodies, Fender pro shop Gretsch Tele, and he really wanted a 12 sting ( He loves the Rickenbacker). So we can up with the 12 String Gretsch tele. Then he added the piezo to it. It look me almost a month of testing to make sure the headstock would work. Lots went into it. Top - Carved Flame Maple Back - Semihollow Alder/P. Walnut/Alder Rosewood Fingerboard Gretsch style thumb MOP inlays Peruvian Walnut Neck Flame Maple headstock Rosewood/brass Bridge Brass nut Magnetic wooden back cover TV Jones Pickups Ghost System Piezo bridge Ghost system onboard preamp Dual Volume - Magnetic/Piezo Pick up Tone control 12 Gotoh Gold Tuners Mohawk Orange toner Mohawk Guitar Lacquer My forum build journey http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/topic/46750-12-string-gretsch-tele/
  14. Hitone

    12 String Gretsch Tele

    Thanks for the comments on the tailpiece. The new one works like a charm. I did string it up as a 6 sting and it worked fine. It was the tention of the last 6 that did it in. I also felt a lot more comfortable stinging it as a 6 string first and working out most of the kinks before adding the other six. This is my first 12 string and I wasn't even sure about the string spacing. I decided to make a brass nut to give it a little more twang. Her are some shot of making the nut.
  15. Hitone

    12 String Gretsch Tele

    You got that right Scott. 12 string tailpiece take 2. This one is made with 1 piece of wood and has a brass plate on the bottom. It will hold the tension much better.
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