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  1. Presenting Travelcaster, my dream no-expense-spared travel guitar built by my father and me. I wanted a guitar inspired by Richie Kotzen Telecaster model, but still very unique. A guitar that's easy to pack in a carry-on bag, but doesn't compromise on tone or playability. I never liked headless guitars because they are either not very comfortable to play or builders often get carried away with avant-garde design and take it too far...so I set a goal to make a classy headless guitar that I actually like My father builds guitars as a semi-hobby, manages to do one or two per year. When it co
  2. thanks. He doesn't use EVO gold, I wanted to do something special and these seemed like a perfect cherry on the cake As for the binding...no special trick, I'm afraid. The part around the armrest is done by hand. My father is really good with fiddley woodwork.
  3. Thanks. I'll see if I have some big enough washers.
  4. finally finished! Took over two years, mostly because of the issues with finishing. I designed the guitar and my father helped build it from scratch. It's heavily inspired by Kotzen Telecaster model, but made a bunch of changes: headless design based on Hisphot system, 20% smaller body (alter + flame maple), quartersawn maple neck with asymmetrical soft V profile (23mm tick at the nut), Dimarzio Chopper and Fast Track 1 pickups with LP switch and split-coil push-pull volume pot, EVO gold jumbo frets. We don't have equipment to do finishing ourselves, so we are at the mercy of people who d
  5. This Squier Strat is my first guitar I got 15-16 years ago and over years I've done quite a few things to improve it. It's more of an emotional thing, I could've bought a MIM Strat for the money invested, but it's my first guitar and I plan to keep and play it forever. One of the first things I've done is get rid of the horrid pickups it had. Replaced them with two Kinamns (AVn-62 for middle and AVn-56 for neck) and one Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Blues in the bridge. Then I replaced the bridge with GFS brass block, replaced fretwire with medium jumbo, re-radiused the fingerboard to 12" (Eric Joh
  6. Not really a DIY guitar, but it's kind of related I wanted to try Blue Chip picks that everyone raves about but didn't want to invest 50 bucks for a pick, so I decided to make my own. Investigation lead me to material they are made of and it's pretty expensive, but I was able to buy some scraps from ebay for much less. It was enough for about 8 picks. As far as pick shape is concerned, we went with my favorite - Gravity Sunrise. I don't have photos of the process, but it's all manual and described on my blog. No fancy tools are used, but requires certain level of craftsmanship. For more i
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    Bancika Model 1

    Guitar my father and I built together. Originally we built it solid white but later decided to add a flame maple top and do the dyed red finish with a thin sunburst. Bridge is schaller floyd rose, pickups are DiMarzio FRED and PAF Pro and tuners are Gotoh. Body is made from ash, neck is maple with ebony fingerboard and two graphite rods for stability. As the result, I never had to adjust the neck in 10 years I've had this guitar.
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    Mini LP

    Travel guitar we built for me. Based on LP Studio, but reduced size and features detachable neck with brass inserts, so it's easily taken apart and fits in a carry-on bag. More info at http://diy-fever.com/guitars/mini-les-paul/
  9. Thanks for the reply. Routing is one part, but installation also worries me. Will the binding follow contour if it's not straight? cheers
  10. Hi, any advice on installing the binding around armrest contours? It will be a gentle contour, but still, I'm concerned about getting the binding to follow it. Something like this Thanks!
  11. I need only a little to stain the travel sized guitar and neck before finishing them with tru-oil. Anyone has some extra? Can do paypal, located in NY Tnx, Bane
  12. I'm doing a travel guitar based on gibson road worn LP with mahogany body and neck. Any ideas how to do that finish? Do I need to stain the body in brown a bit? I planned to use gunstock oil and wax to get the satin, natural finish. Won't go for shiny, already have that on other guitars Thanks, Bancika
  13. I repaired some strat clone which seems to still have a hum in positions 2 and 4 which leads me to think it might not be reverse wound. Would hum cancellation work if I just swapped hot and ground wires? Tnx
  14. Thanks! I do engraving in a local design shop here in Serbia. Doing one fingerboard costs 10-20$ depending on complexity.
  15. Hi, I need to make a design for inlays to be engraved with laser (so almost anything is possible). Guitar will be 7 string, RG style with one pickup only. Any ideas what I could engrave? Some sorts of vines come to my mind, but still not sure Cheers, Bancika
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