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  1. I have been saying that for years and gotten some pretty outraged responces. I am glad I am not the only one anymore. Have you ever seen tapes of him playing live? Led Zep wasn't that great live because he was usually so bombed he could barely stand, much less play. That being said, I don't care if you're technical or sloppy, so long as you sound good and can play your instrument. I don't like a lot of effects, which is why I don't like listening to Satriani & Vai. I'd rather listen to Los Lonely Boys than them. Exactly Wes. As far as Zep not being that good live, from what I've seen it's more of the later stuff where he got bad into some really hard drugs (heroine?) that he started do pretty bad. The earlier concert stuff is pretty sweet.
  2. Hmmmm, apparently ScottR and I think alike. First tone that came to mind was also Robin Trower. I think it's a phaser or something similar he uses, but it's awesome. Also gotta throw David Gilmour's tone on a lot of songs, just love it.
  3. Yep, I've got it, it's pretty cool, I like it a lot
  4. I've seen a few on here before. My dad likes cigars a lot actually, I may have to see if I can get a cigar box from him and try to build one.
  5. So, not related to this exactly, but this thread helped out. I had a guy at work who had epoxy and all that, but didn't know what to color it with, so I pointed him to some of the powdered additives that you guys suggested.
  6. He might be saying you can. But I would have to disagree. There's no way you could get that sharp curve at the bottom with a spokeshave. I love'em mind you, but the right tool for the job is important.
  7. You could try filling them with CA and buffing out. I've heard that works well. CA is super glue in case you didn't know.
  8. I see what you guys are looking at. I think most people are ignoring it because I think it's just lighting differences. That looks awesome. I really like the color.
  9. Glad I'm not the only one too lol I gotta add brian setzer in too
  10. http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-G...cial-faded.aspx It talks about the finish there. Basically it's a stain with a hand applied finish and fewer coats. Doesn't specify what it is exactly, but it sounds like an oil finish or something very close, and looks like it too. Judging from your picture there of the two finishes together, the guy just didn't really care about the finished product, didn't even attempt to keep it similar to the original finish. Really smooth finishes can feel like they create a lot more friction, not sure why, but I've definitely experienced it. So, anything gonna happen with the whole insurance thing? I mean it's obvious that the guy did a less than acceptable job on the finish, but is there anything you can do?
  11. I was under the assumption that it would be a regular finish like the majority of instruments. Did it have an oil finish? That would be my guess if it felt like wood before and plastic now. That would mean that he didn't even bother to use the same finish that was on it before, that's just sad...
  12. Well, here's what (as far as I know) should have been done, at least as a general rule of thumb for this. The tuners and the strings should have been taken off (and new strings put on at the end, but in the big scheme of things that really isn't a big deal). The neck repaired. Then the finish around the area sanded off (maybe even the whole neck since it's a transparent finish that gets darker the more you put on). Then the best way to do the new finish would be to spray it, to try and keep an even finish on it. With the runs he should have at least sanded them down, and like the everyone said, the fretboard should have been taped off and there shouldn't be anything on it. As well as that fingerprint you just mentioned, that's just sad, I would hope anyone would clean glue and finish and whatnot off their hands before they touch an instrument. As far as the finish color, it might be difficult to get an exact match, since even the thickness of a transparent finish affects it's color. Just a thought.
  13. Well, it's pretty simple really. Rough cut with the jigsaw. If you have a drill press (REALLY handy tool to have) or are very careful with a drill you can drill holes around the body to make it easier to cut out. Since it's a jigsaw you might want to leave as much as 1/4 or more, since jigsaw blades tend to bend. After that if you have a rasp take it down to about an 1/8 inch or so around the outline, otherwise just be careful with the router and don't try and take it to the template in one pass. When you're ready to route take small passes, not the full depth of the bit (if it's a 1" bit), around a half inch at a time.
  14. Well, it looks to me like you got taken. I don't know about the price. But for a total of 750-1000 bucks, you might be able to see where the headstock broke (since it's a transparent finish) but there is no way in hell you should have those drips. I don't see how someone would let that out of their shop.
  15. Wow, that looks awesome. I really like how the color turned out. One thing though, can you focus the camera a little better in the second stain shot? It's kinda hard to make out the tip of your finger....hehe
  16. Well, I would wait for another answer, but I would guess that it probably is too soft.
  17. I have a question for ya. What are you using in the first pic? It looks like maybe a pin router, but I can't tell what the bit is. The Rhino Beetle inlay is AWESOME!!!!! It's lookin' really good.
  18. Because it's his piece of wood and he can do with it as he sees fit.
  19. Just found this. The “Baby Snakes SG,” was Zappa’s main guitar for the latter part of the ’70s. The guitar is not actually a Gibson, but rather the creation of “a guy in Phoenix,” who made his way backstage and sold the guitar to Zappa for $500. Though its playing feel is a lot like a Gibson SG’s, closer inspection reveals such non-Gibson details as a 23rd fret and some nifty inlays and ornamental woodwork. Luthier/electronics maker Rex Bogue—the man who Zappa also tasked to bring Hendrix’s charred Miami Pop Festival Strat back to life—added various delights to this guitar, such as phase switches and an onboard preamp (Bogue passed away in 1996). Great googley moogley! Go to guitarplayer.com to see Dweezil Zappa run you through this guitar’s tones while plugged into his dad’s infamous Pignose amplifier. Found this too Then one day Frank acquired possibly the most famous guitar in his collection. While playing a show in Phoenix in the 70’s, “some guy” sneaked backstage and sold Frank a “Gibson” SG for $500. Though the guitar wasn’t a Gibson, it had the Gibson name on the headstock and from a distance, it looked like a normal SG. Closer inspection shows some non-standard Gibson features. The most visible and obvious would be the numerous knobs and switches put on the guitar. Other features included ornamental woodwork and special inlays. This is the guitar I know most about. The inlays consisted of smaller than usual Gibson dot inlays, including a Star inlay at the fifth fret and what appears to be eyes or something of similar design on the twelfth. The guitar also featured 23 frets, instead of 22, which the Gibson is known for. The addition of this fret pushed the neck pickup back a bit, giving it a more unique sound. The pickups were special made, but not much more is known. The guitar seems to have employed a vibrola-style tremolo at one point, but it was removed and a stop-bar tailpiece was put in its place. Some features of the electronics of the guitar include a Dan Armstrong Green Ringer circuit, phase switching, an onboard preamp for 18db boost on output, and maybe even coil-tapping switches. This guitar, along with the “inoffensive” Pignose amp (more on that below), was the rig used to record Over-nite Sensation and Apostrophe(‘) and also makes an appearance on the film “Baby Snakes”, hence the name “Baby Snakes SG”.
  20. Looks AWESOME!! And I found the sawdust
  21. Ok, so I'm gonna have to assume the switch wiring is right cause I don't know anything about rotary switches. Lookin' at your volume and tone though, you're gonna need to change them around. Unhook the tone pot (take all the wires off it). Take the hot lead off the switch and wire it to the left terminal on the volume. Then wire from that same terminal to the center terminal on the tone pot. Wire the cap on the tone pot to the right terminal and ground it like you did. Assuming the switch is right, that should fix ya up. Ok, I think your switch is wrong too, and I think I know how to fix it, so I'm just gonna redraw your schematic and post it up. Ok, this should do ya.
  22. I would say you should just tape off the holes, then mask the rest of the guitar, and spray it with spray paint. I think that putting paint in and swishing it around would take forever to dry for the amount of paint you'd need to move it enough to cover. I think it would be a good idea to do it (make SURE to mask as well as possible). It would look really nice with the black in there.
  23. I think that doin' a big ebony plate would be awesome. And you could use your scroll saw and make a cool design on the outside of the ring to accentuate the shape, or make it like a pickguard maybe. Definitely go with the black though, I think it's a lot better than the white.
  24. Nice, the finish turned out really nice on that. I know you didn't ask advice on this, but the first power tool you NEED to invest in is a router, preferably something with a half inch collet (many of those can switch between half and quarter inch and come with both). Also a plunge router is very handy, though you can get away with a fixed base. To go with that you need a few bits obviously. Good quality bits do make a big difference.
  25. Well, here's what I did. First off draw your bevels on the body, both on the top and the side to show how deep you want. Then I used a spokeshave to take off the main parts. After that it was a little bit of rasp and a lot of scrapers. Well, a lot of scraping with a cabinet scraper. It took a little bit of time, but well worth it. Doin' it that way you can go nice a slow so you don't screw anything up, or are less likely too.
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