Yet another damn guitar build!

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  1. beerbelly

    beerbelly In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    I'm a big fan of Gibson SG guitars; I think it's the coolest design ever, and I've had several. But they always seemed to have a bunch of unused real estate in the lower section, just begging for something there.
    I had a Fender Jazzmaster tremolo laying around, and thought it might work there. So I bought this beat up "Maestro by Gibson" student guitar for $80 as a test mule:

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    I routed out the location from a pattern I found online:
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    Fits good, and looks like it was made for it:

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    Fiat 500 green paint, wet sanded and polished along with amber tinted neck & black headstock:

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    Almost done; I still need to level and crown the beat up frets and throw some strings on it, but it looks like it's gonna fit right in:

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  3. MarkB

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    Sweet! I used a fake Bigsby on one of mine. StewMac makes a nice "Goldenage" bridge with roller saddles.
     
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    Yes, I've used Bigsbys before, but had this Jazzmaster trem laying around, and it looked right to me. The problem with the StewMac and many other roller bridges is that the stud spacing is narrower than the wraparound stoptail bridge on this guitar; I can't find a stoptail roller with the wider 3-1/4" stud spacing.
    I've decided to DIY a roller stoptail bridge, using the removable rollers on this Wilkinson bridge and mounting them on a 1/4" thick aluminum plate, drilled & tapped to accept them, and shaped to fit around the studs.

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    You have tools & knowledge that I don't have. I just drill, plug, and re-drill. That I can understand & do. :)
     
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    Yes, that would have been the way to go, but I should have done that before I refinished it....I was sure I could find a roller stoptail bridge, but no luck.
     
  7. MarkB

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    I understand. I've had to make changes "on the fly" too many times.

    Here's a before & after of a kit I got recently. I wanted the case to use for another guitar, but the kit was very "funky cool". Everything was just a bit off. Pickups not quite square, bridge too far forward, etc. I managed to get everything to work right, but still look "wonky". I haven't decided whether to keep it or sell it.
     

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    Hey, another green guitar! Here's a few of my own design:

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  9. MarkB

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    Very cool! Kind of a St Vincent design, but I really like the headstock. Your own design?
     
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    Yep, and I have a copyright on the body design. I pictured it as two intersecting, stylized guitar pick shapes .

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  11. MarkB

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    Nice! Do you sell the necks? I have an old Hondo Flying V that I need a neck for, and that would be perfect.
     
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    Sorry, no. But I can tell you it started as an Allparts PHM-T1C that I shaped. Got it at Arkansas Music Works.

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    Thanks. I bought a blank that I've shaped as the "Arrow" headstock, but I keep putting off doing the finish, since I suck at it.
     

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