The Gold Digger

ragamuffin

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I couldn't hold it any longer! I had the day to my self today so I spent it working on the build.

I decided to go with satin (sorry Spud). First I knocked down the finish with a light sanding with 0000 steel wool, then I buffed it out with Birchwood Casey stock sheen. I'm very pleased with the result!

Next I went to assembly! It's wired and ready to go when my strings come in tomorrow.

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ragamuffin

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Got her strung up and playing yesterday! Man this thing sounds awesome. Great clarity and huge sustain. Tones from jazz to funk to doom!

I'll try to take some better pictures at some point but for now:

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Spud

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Came out great! Two things

1. Is one tuner different than the rest?

2. Did you skin a cheetah to make the pickguard?
 

bagman67

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Spud said:
Came out great! Two things

1. Is one tuner different than the rest?


Looks like just a quirk of the reflected light to me.


Also, in re: cheetah skins, I'd be okay if this dude were sacrificed for pickguards, but you wouldn't get many from this scrawny specimen:


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ragamuffin

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Haha thanks guys! No cheetahs were harmed in the making of this guit. I MIGHT have harmed some kind of funky, celluloid-shelled space tortoise though!  :dontknow:

Tuners are all the same. It would be kind of fun to add one different tuning button though lol!

Here's some more better (a.k.a. "Mo Betta") pics

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ragamuffin

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Surf n Music said:
That finish! The pickups! The tunner knobs! Man it all went together so well. Really nice work.

Thanks! I'm really happy with it! It's super funky without being too over the top (to me at least)
 

JohnnyHardtail

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Your project has a well matched combination of colors.  It definitely has a vintage / retro style.  The neck is an especially nice piece.

I'm curious what the 3rd control knob is for.  Is that a dual volume control?
 

JohnnyHardtail

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I'm also wondering about the route for the bridge pickup.  Normally when a strat body is routed for dual humbuckers they are spaced at 101.5mm between the neck and bridge pickups.  Otherwise for H-S-H, it is 51.2mm from bridge to middle, and 50.3mm from middle to neck.  I wonder if Warmoth place the bridge pickup in the same location when you order a "Tele humbucker" bridge route.
 

ragamuffin

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JohnnyHardtail said:
Your project has a well matched combination of colors.  It definitely has a vintage / retro style.  The neck is an especially nice piece.

I'm curious what the 3rd control knob is for.  Is that a dual volume control?

Thanks! Third knob is a bass cut like on certain G&L and Reverend guitars. I have one on several builds now and find it quite useful.
 
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