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Drak Build: The Dead Machine (Spruce Scarab)


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3 hours ago, Drak said:

Shooting that light Pecan burst really paid off, so thanks @komodo

Definitely that! I just prepared a chicken for the oven, it looked a lot like the clearcoat version and I expect it to get a similar Pecan burst with some Koa darkness at the wingtips. Roasted and baked to deliciousness instead of raw...

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7 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

I just prepared a chicken for the oven.

It looked a lot like the clearcoat version and I expect it to get a similar Pecan burst with some Koa darkness at the wingtips.

Roasted and baked to deliciousness instead of raw...

Yes, all you extrapolated on there are varying shades of brown.

It's nice to give the 'Cowboy Sunset' palette of reds/yellows/browns a break now and then.

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So the Dead Machine and Angkor Wat are running neck and neck to the finish line.

Both have had the finish finished and are all super glossed now.

Both are completely done and wrapped, all I have to do is mount the necks and put strings on them.

But...P-90's are funny animals. There's really not a lot of pickup height adjustment available, which I'm used to having loads of adjustment via regular pickup mounting screws. So I put the neck in place and ran a 4' rule down the beam with the bridge in place to check available heights and see if I was even within range of normal. The neck came in right on target, the bridge needed a 3/16" riser made for it, so I just did that. The difference between the height of the pickup and the additional screw length is 1/2". And the screw needs a little bit of something to bit into, so take away another 1/8", which leaves me with a total of 3/8" adjustment total. That's it, 3/8" of adjustment, so they absolutely must be within range starting out before you even get that much adjustment.

But...its looking awfully sweet, the next pics you see will be done and strung.

This guitar, really, is a tribute to the Scott Walker 'ethic' and Neal Casal's guitar.

It's certainly not a copy, not even close, (I don't do copies and I don't even like copies) but Neal's guitar, via Scott Walker, 'sprang' from the 'Jerry scene'.

And I got the idea for the Koa centerpiece from Walker's Neal Casal guitar and that whole 'Garcia guitar' scene.

Which, in my eyes, blew this build up to a far greater guitar than it would have been otherwise.

And...that's how inspiration should work, after all. Not by copying, but by being inspired.

(Truth be known, I like mine better...but it should be that way, in my view).

So it's heritage is: Garcia>Cripes>Walker>Casal>, with my Drak 'twist' on things, of course.

Weekly Interview 9/14/16: Neal Casal - Pedal of the Day

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OK kiddos, both the Dead Machine and Angkor Wat are hardwared, wired, working, glossed, and finished.

Except I'm waiting on an order of strings so I can mount and adjust the necks and do the setup and birth these things for real.

So, here's the Dead Machine, done, waiting on strings.

Here are the specs:

Core Wood: 1-Piece Mahogany

Top Wood: 1/2" Bookmatched Spruce

Accent Wood: Pickup cover, rear Control cover, Headstock veneer, Truss Rod cover. Figured Koa

Hardware: Sperzel brushed gold locking tuners, Gotoh fine-tuning tailpiece, Harmonica bridge, gold dome knobs, neck plate, and strap bushings

Pickups: Late 70's Bill Lawrence L-560 set. 8k neck, 12k bridge

Passive Electronics: Schaller 5-way 'E' model Megaswitch (wired for 2 HB's), passive 500k volume, passive 250k tone, .01uF tone cap

Active Electronics: EMG Afterburner preamp, EMG EXG tone pot, EMG SPC tone pot

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