I might be a glutton for punishment...

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by mr coffee, May 6, 2021.

  1. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009

    That's a .090" slab of aluminum. Somehow, .090" feels like it's gonna be a lot more work when it's aluminum, as opposed to plastic.

    I would have ordered one somewhere, but the body takes the old 8-hole pattern and the only HH guards I could find in aluminum were 11-hole. I pondered the 11-hole option but really don't know if there's enough meat left under all of the holes after my teenage overzealous router job, it's a swimming pool and then some and it's still heavy as hell.

    Besides, someday I might order the reproduction F400T loaded pickguard. I've thought about trying to get an original but they're all 40 years old and the polepieces are rusting and the windings are damaged or soon will be and they need to be re-wound, so might as well be one step ahead for half the price.

    For now, though, I know I'll get more use out of the HH configuration. I tried to salvage the p'ups out of Yeller, a Tone Zone/Air Norton set, but the TZ is trashed. Just another reminder of how I shouldn't have done it...Anyway, the TZ would probably be way too dark in this axe, it's a one-piece mahogany body with a one-piece rosewood top. I'll be ordering a PAF Pro, I think.

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  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Looks like you’re halfway there.:)

    To paraphrase(horrendously, I assure you) famous Italian Youtuber and renaissance man Michelangelo: The statue is in the stone, I’m just setting it free!
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  3. lathoto

    lathoto Synchromatic

    Apr 23, 2020
    Take your time on the bench. Use a stainless steel pick to uniquely relic it.
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  4. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    "The way to carve a statue of a horse is simply to chop away everything that doesn't look like a horse"....
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  5. AZBrahma

    AZBrahma Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
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  6. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Oh, not even close LOL! 'Tis but a scratch...

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  7. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    It'll look cool. You can't order pickgurads without any holes, and then drill yourself?
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  8. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Nothing reasonable. I found a site that would custom do aluminum guards but they start around $100. I'll cut it myself before I spend that, I'm not in a huge hurry. Slow and steady roughing in with the Dremel and clean up on the spindle sander - one of the only big tools I still have around. I don't guess that'll work for the pickup holes, I can use sanding drums on the Dremel and finish it up by hand. Probably use a circle guide to find centers for the corner radii and drill those first. (Really wanted to type radiuses but spell check said @#$% that noise.) I'm eyeballing cheap 8-hole guards, snag one and see how it lines up on my body, then use it to locate the holes on the aluminum.

    Still trying to decide how I want to approach vol/tone placement, and weighing the switch. Might go with a 3-way lever, I never really get use out of the in-between options. Yeller was set up with a superswitch, I think it was bridge series, bridge parallel, bridge series + neck series in parallel, outer pair series, neck series. It all sounded good but I typically go all in on bright bridge series or warm neck series. Plenty of time to think about it.

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  9. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Still making slow progress on this thing (read: no progress) with everything else I've got on my plate. I stumbled across a site this morning, though, searching for custom metal guards. Now I'm seriously considering this:


    I mean, this guy does some seriously tasty work. I've initiated conversation with him, I want to at least find out what ballpark I'd be looking at. But wow, looking through the galleries on his site and browsing his facebook page, so much cool...

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