Seraph-inspired thinline/semi-hollow

Sadie-f

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ragamuffin said:
The Roland synth pickup sounds really cool, but it's not something I could see myself getting full use out of.

Does anybody know of a piezo system for electric that's more like a stick on (not a bridge assembly)? is that a thing? The problem with the T.o.M piezo systems I've seen is that they all seem to have a 12" radius and say not to file the saddles and my neck is a 10-16" radius

I installed a set of ghost piezos (each is embedded into an adjustable saddle) in my W-strat, I don't use them a lot, however blending them with my bridge HB does some really nice things. I could record you some samples if you'd like to hear their sound.
 

stratamania

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DangerousR6 said:
stratamania said:
ragamuffin said:
teleme01 said:
i wonder what would happen if you mounted a single coil that close to the bridge

Hahaha, I bet it would be really bright! Could be cool though, especially in combination with the other pickups

Its not a bad idea but with a twist on it. You have room to place a Roland GK pickup if you wanted to get into guitar synths.

Or you could move the Humbucker closer to the bridge and then put a single coil next to it similar to the Musicman Steve Morse Y2D layout.
LOL, totally didn't read your post, and said same thing.... :doh:

Great minds and all that  :icon_thumright:
 

stratamania

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ragamuffin said:
The Roland synth pickup sounds really cool, but it's not something I could see myself getting full use out of.

Does anybody know of a piezo system for electric that's more like a stick on (not a bridge assembly)? is that a thing? The problem with the T.o.M piezo systems I've seen is that they all seem to have a 12" radius and say not to file the saddles and my neck is a 10-16" radius

I am not aware of a TOM style Piezo with a larger radius than 12". Of course who knows someone may know of one...

In terms of the Synth type pickups:

GK3 mounts onto most guitars and certainly would on yours.

https://www.roland.com/global/products/gk-3/

GK Kit for fitting into the guitar.

https://www.roland.com/us/products/gk-kit-gt3/

And if you did not want to get into full guitar synth stuff with the likes of the GR55, there is a GK compatible Boss GP10 which will give you lots of modelled guitar stuff including acoustics and altered tunings etc.

https://www.boss.info/us/products/gp-10/

 

ragamuffin

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Call me the thread necromancer, 'cause I'm bringing it back now y'all! This guitar sounds and plays really great, and it's quickly become my numero uno.

I've been a little too busy and/or apathetic to work on this for a while, but I think now is the time for me to attempt the inlay work that I was thinking about on the ebony "filler" block. I've been absorbing lots of videos and instructionals on how to do mother of pearl inlay, and soon I will be giving it a shot!

Basically the process consists of cutting your shape out of the m.o.p. using a jeweler's saw with a very fine blade, tracing the shape onto the wood, then routing out the traced area with Dremel and gluing in the inlay. I'm sure I'll screw things up at least a few times. ;)

If all goes well, I'll be doing an unopened lotus flower with a long, wavy stem (sketch to come) on the filler block, and maybe an open lotus flower on the truss rod cover as well.

I obtained an ounce of nice big mother of pearl pieces from De Paule Supply/luthiersupply.com and they're very pretty! I'm a bit scared to f*ck them up, but I guess that's just part of the process.

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Spud

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Call me the thread necromancer, 'cause I'm bringing it back now y'all! This guitar sounds and plays really great, and it's quickly become my numero uno.

I've been a little too busy and/or apathetic to work on this for a while, but I think now is the time for me to attempt the inlay work that I was thinking about on the ebony "filler" block. I've been absorbing lots of videos and instructionals on how to do mother of pearl inlay, and soon I will be giving it a shot!

Basically the process consists of cutting your shape out of the m.o.p. using a jeweler's saw with a very fine blade, tracing the shape onto the wood, then routing out the traced area with Dremel and gluing in the inlay. I'm sure I'll screw things up at least a few times. ;)

If all goes well, I'll be doing an unopened lotus flower with a long, wavy stem (sketch to come) on the filler block, and maybe an open lotus flower on the truss rod cover as well.

I obtained an ounce of nice big mother of pearl pieces from De Paule Supply/luthiersupply.com and they're very pretty! I'm a bit scared to f*ck them up, but I guess that's just part of the process.

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Are you doing this because I mentioned using a dremel wheel myself?
 

rauchman

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Perhaps try a mix of glue (tite bond or similar) and some korina dust you have left over. Whatever you use you might have to reconsider a transparent finish at least on the edges.

Stratamania's suggested fix worked for me on a build I had done

By the way, I have zero doubt your guitar is going to come out ridiculously awesome
 

ragamuffin

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Got to work on the inlay today. I drew out the design on blue painter's tape, then cut it out, cut it in half (because it's longer than the pearl) and then stuck it on the m.o.p.

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Next I carefully cut it out with the jewlers saw, and about an hour and ten broken blades later I had it cut out and cleaned it up a bit with a fine file.

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Looks pretty nice to me!

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Next will be the scary part, the Dremel routing... I'll definitely be practicing at least a couple times before touching the ebony piece! Unfortunately I'm getting the Dremel for Christmas, so I'll have to wait till then to start. 🎄
 

ragamuffin

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Santa decided to let me have my Dremel a little early! ;)

I practiced on a thin piece of bubinga that was originally going to be a cavity cover. This is my first attempt, and I think it turned out pretty well.

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Not perfect, but not the disaster that I expected on my first try. The hardest part is trying to keep my eye on the line and the tiny 1/32" engraving bit.
 
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Spud

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I wish I could take the like back now, as you opened the dremel up way too early before Xmas and should be punished in some way.
 

ragamuffin

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I wish I could take the like back now, as you opened the dremel up way too early before Xmas and should be punished in some way.
It was 110% real deal official Santa approved, I swear! He even had a check mark next to his Twitter handle!
 

ragamuffin

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Yesterday I worked up the courage to route the ebony. I put the pearl in, and filled the imperfections with black grain filler, and today I sanded and cleaned it all up. I think it turned out pretty great if I do say so myself!

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I'm very happy with how it turned out, I may even consider doing an inlay on truss rod cover!
 
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