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Tinkerer
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May 26th, 2019 12:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a problem with not leaving well enough alone with aesthetic guitar mods. Sometimes I end up regretting going too far, and sometimes an "OH S^%$" moment leads to something good.

I've posted about this guitar before- most recently when I made pickup covers incorporating amp grill cloth material. I should have left well enough alone, but I went too far with 4 large sound holes covers with amp grill cloth instead of screening, and also some additional smaller sound holes vents, and it ending up looking like a hodge podge of way too many round shaped adornments- "busy" was how a friend delicately described it.

I liked the look of the amp grill cloth, though, so I decided to make an aluminum frame/pickguard with cutouts for amp grill cloth to show through. I covered this in black "carbon fiber" looking vinyl car wrap, and added the amp grill cloth on the back. This is a dramatically different look than before, but I think this really works.

Another make over

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 02:14 AM, May 26th, 2019)

wrnchbndr
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May 26th, 2019 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like this a lot.

Tinkerer
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May 26th, 2019 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you Wrench- your amp grill cloth guitars was an inspiration for this.

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May 26th, 2019 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Be prepared for folks asking if there are speakers installed on the guitar. This is all great fun. I like the contrast of the high quality wood (old craftsmanship) against the carbon fiber face (modern tech).

Tinkerer
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May 27th, 2019 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well the faux carbon fibre car vinyl wrap did not hold up very well, so I removed it, polished the aluminum and then spray painted the amp grill cloth material black.

aluminum pick guard with black grill cloth fabric

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May 28th, 2019 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

It came out well.
I've been thinking about aluminum scrimshaw.

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May 28th, 2019 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

You’ve outdone yourself! (-:

Tinkerer
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May 29th, 2019 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you!

But I think I have reached the threshold with colors for the amp grill cloth that if I don't stop now, I will have regrets. I added some red and think this needs to be done.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 29th, 2019 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

That looks really cool!

You--like all of us--suffer from LBSS (Last Brush Stroke Syndrome): the artist, working on their latest masterpiece, has to decide when the painting is done. It is never an easy decision. You put the thing into a frame, walk past it for a week or two, and one day you stop and look and think, "I need another dab of phthalo blue right there."

It's a disease.

NICE work, Tinkerer.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 29th, 2019 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Your latest creation reminds me of Ampeg's

AEB1 bass

Tinkerer
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May 29th, 2019 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks very much Peegoo!

I am grateful that you have given me the name of this condition- LBSS. I fear that it is getting worse!!!!! I redid the amp grill cloth inserts this afternoon to add a bit of purple to the red and black!

That Ampeg bass is very cool, and the photo was deceiving- I had to look at it carefully to realize that the pegboard was behind the bass and showing through the cutouts!

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May 30th, 2019 05:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wow! A bass with pegboard to hang tools! (-8

wrnchbndr
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May 30th, 2019 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

That Ampeg looks cool. Gonna stop at the local truckstop and see if they don't have an appropriately sized metal chrome mudflap girl.

Tinkerer
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May 30th, 2019 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Okay- last photo- I promise!! I decided that more color in the grill cloth inserts made the logo "pop" less, so I decided to do the logo also as an inset, and put the purple, red, and also yellow colors there, along with black. I also "de polished" the aluminum by sanding it with 180 grit- this makes the black grill cloth pop more, and also hides scratches and smudges much better.

I am done!!!

"Final" pick guard version!!

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 07:59 PM, May 30th, 2019)

wrnchbndr
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May 30th, 2019 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

You sure???

Looks way cool :)

Tinkerer
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May 30th, 2019 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Wrnch!

Am I sure? Well I was until about 20 minutes ago, and then I thought "hmmm, what would a strip of yellow look like in the grill cloth inserts?" I am currently talking myself away from that ledge.

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May 31st, 2019 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Kind of looks like a cross between a guitar and a Lava Lamp ;-P

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May 31st, 2019 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’m kinda at the May 29th version. (-:

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Planet Peegoo

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May 31st, 2019 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

What are you using to cut that aluminum plate? That's nice work.

Tinkerer
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May 31st, 2019 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you Peegoo! The pickguard is .080 thick 6061 aluminum. I cut the outside perimeter with my bandsaw using a bi-metal blade. Then smoothed the edge with files, emory cloth, and my orbital sander.

I used bi-metal hole-saw bits to cut the round ends of the grill cloth inserts, and a jig saw to cut the center sections of the inserts. I then drum sanded the inserts to final dimensions on a drill press.

I rough cut the pickup slots, and the logo insert with a hole saw bit, and jig saw, and then used a router with templates to final shape those.

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 03:30 PM, May 31st, 2019)

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