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Orange Blossom Special

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by hcsterg, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes, thanks !

    The job comes to its end now, so Wait and See...

    A+!
     
  2. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    London...ish
    What an awesome transformation. I prefer the first set of pickup rings.

    Super cool guitar!!
     
  3. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes, now we stay on the 1st set of pickup bezel, definetly - thanks !

    Here is below a simulation for a pickguard :

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    You recognize the contour : it is based on a Gretsch Jet pickguard :cool:.

    It mention the name of the guitar : "Orange Blossom Special" in silver underneath engraving.

    At first, I was thinking about a silver or a black pickguard, but I am afraid that it would be "too much" :oops: so I am akeen to opt for a transparent pickguard, like on the simulation here. Or no pickguard at all, but no name too :(...

    What's your opinions ? Suggestions ?

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  4. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Friend of Fred

    Age:
    61
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
  5. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    france
    U made it koko !
    Really love everything about this orange copperish Babe ! Lipsticks pups + silver rings + jag switchs all are really good ideas ! Congratulations
     
  6. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thank you guys !

    And to think that this guitar was good for the trash...

    A+!
     
  7. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Other quick and not perfect simulations - just to have an idea...

    - in white or silver :

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    - in black :

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    Is it really better than the translucent version ? Not sure, but...

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  8. OldCowHand

    OldCowHand Country Gent

    Sep 24, 2015
    Kent, England.
    How about a clear pick guard with a lightly frosted back?
     
  9. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes, I also thought about it too : this alternative offers the advandage of not showing too much the inavoidable plectrum scratches that would be more apparent I think on a clear pickguard...

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  10. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Age:
    61
    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Why not have the pickguard say "Orange Blossom Special" in French?
     
  11. T simmons

    T simmons Friend of Fred

    Age:
    56
    Jun 5, 2013
    California
  12. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Si elle avait été verte, je l'aurais appelée "Chartreuse du Neuvième Centenaire"...

    Thanks ! I hope she will, once finished - and hope she won't lack rigidity in the neck junction of the thinline hollowbody :oops:...

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  13. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    My pal Fred finished the assembly and the guitar is now at home for the rest of the work : wiring, setup, pickguard, etc...

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    A+!
     
  14. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    London...ish
    Super cool guitar. Love it!!!

    Well done. You should licence it to Gretsch ;)
     
  15. MBERTHOLD

    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    Looks very cool, nice work!
    :):)
    Nice finish
     
  16. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thank you, Guys !

    Wait and See...

    A+!
     
  17. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    I started the setup this afternoon and the nut is settled. Moreover, I have found a satisfactory way to "lighten" the look of the pickups for the better : I removed the wooden shims under the bezels and replaced it by spacers made in nickel-plated brass fit to size.

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    Doing that, I could lower the surrounds closer to the top, and so clear the height of the Lipsticks. The assembly is now separate visually from the top, like "floating" over it but closer, making the surround thinner, less massive than with the shims...

    Awaiting wiring and final setup now... And a pickguard, as the final touch...

    Wait and See !

    A+!
     
  18. MotorCentaur

    MotorCentaur Gretschie

    156
    May 11, 2016
    Seattle
    Since you laser-cut to original p/u surrounds, you could cut a second set to go underneath the originals. The second set would have the backs sanded to fit the profile of the body... just a thought.
     
  19. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes I could, but I already had the equivalent with the silver painted wooden shims fit to size and profile, so shifting to PMMA for those shims wouldn't have changed much the cosmetics, compared to the spacers.

    In fact, those spacers were my starting idea, but my pal Fred-le-luthier thought that it would be better looking with surround shims : He was afraid that seeing the underneath of the pickups through the gap between surround and top would look messy.

    Since it was possible to lower the surround after guitar assembly, the gap is neatly reduced so that the return to the spacers was interesting for a sweeter appearance.

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  20. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    The wiring harness is ready :

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    As you can see, the pickups are fitted with connectors, in order to ease the mounting. The rest of the harness enters the body through the square switch plate opening.

    Next immediate step : fitting all that stuff onto and into the guitar :D...

    A+!
     
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