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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by hcsterg, Jun 4, 2016.
Yes, thanks !
The job comes to its end now, so Wait and See...
What an awesome transformation. I prefer the first set of pickup rings.
Super cool guitar!!
Yes, now we stay on the 1st set of pickup bezel, definetly - thanks !
Here is below a simulation for a pickguard :
You recognize the contour : it is based on a Gretsch Jet pickguard .
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" 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 ?
It looks great!
U made it koko !
Really love everything about this orange copperish Babe ! Lipsticks pups + silver rings + jag switchs all are really good ideas ! Congratulations
Thank you guys !
And to think that this guitar was good for the trash...
Other quick and not perfect simulations - just to have an idea...
- in white or silver :
- in black :
Is it really better than the translucent version ? Not sure, but...
How about a clear pick guard with a lightly frosted back?
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...
Why not have the pickguard say "Orange Blossom Special" in French?
Wow Looks great!!
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 ...
My pal Fred finished the assembly and the guitar is now at home for the rest of the work : wiring, setup, pickguard, etc...
Super cool guitar. Love it!!!
Well done. You should licence it to Gretsch
Looks very cool, nice work!
Thank you, Guys !
Wait and See...
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.
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 !
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.
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.
The wiring harness is ready :
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 ...