There are newer painting processes for metal finishes that custom car guys are using these days. No need to acid-bath parts and have them re-chromed, you just paint on the chrome finish. The stuff looks amazingly realistic, done properly you can't tell it's paint. Not just chrome, either- all types of metal finishes are available.
Looks like the guy at Crimson used that sort of thing on the back of the guitar, then distressed it out.
So you might want to look into that before you go the plating route.
Yeah, I've surfed pintrest a bit and come across some nifty metal paints that would leave some change after a 20 dollar bill. Meanwhile, I have all the stuff to electroplate sitting around the garage! I decided to nickle on the aluminum first, which is a massive bother... and took hours... but worked! Things went South with the copper coat, likely due to my source of copper being less than pure. Looked like heavily tarnished silver right out of the bath. I didn't feel like making more nickle acetate, and I wasn't all that enthused with copper anyway; the path of copper would require me to do a loooot of plating! I hit it with the black paint and called it a day.
Post by sydsbluesky1 on Mar 11, 2017 0:32:08 GMT -5
Hey, my emote was important! You know full well I consider the myth of electrical guitar tonewood busted!
Jokes aside, I guess it would save on shielding tape? Okay, jokes were only half aside.
Those guitars looks pretty outstanding, though. I want need a Duane Denison Chessie at some point in my life. Bet they collect fingerprints the way we collect strat clones.
I've toyed with the idea of using some conductive spray type of business and copper plating an entire guitar body for giggles. I have a control plate cavity, truss rod cover, and maybe a hard tail bridge I'm going to electro copper plate tomorrow as my test run... yeah, for that 7 year old Ibanez project. I'll use some patina agent on it to get away from that high maintenance sheen... if I happen to accomplish it in the first place.
EDIT: They really need someone to edit their website... SBS Pet Peeve Alert...
Post by sydsbluesky1 on Mar 11, 2017 0:08:28 GMT -5
Ah, right! I failed to understand the reasoning behind the current thinking. My bad.
However, if the proper (ly hum canceling) coils are wired into the setup... uh-oh, I just had a nutz idea... Switch(s) to cut them all in as few-a-moves as possible, and then a series of switches to turn it into a nutzd up stratocaster? Sorry... I had a moment... Anyway, It could be wired to have as effective a hum canceling series of combinations as possible with something simple(xD) and then use those push-pulls for parallel rather than coil selection. I could easily be mistaken, but as for hum canceling combos, the standard strat setup with 2 and 4 is there, and additional wiring only gives us B+N? A Neck On or Bridge On could handle such a task, if I'm not severely wrong (it's been known to happen). I just have a difficult time seeing this playing out without intra-pup parallel. Inter-pup series can honestly toss off; it sounds like spaghetti with dungsauce.
Wait, we don't have a 5 pos switch, do we...
I don't want to be that guy who comes in at the 11th hour and starts to second guess set plans, but nothing here seems set. It seems that the spirit of the thread is Dink wanting to get as much as possible... Hey, Dink, this might be a good time to ask how much experience you have with guitar wiring / reading diagrams and schematics!
It is full of guitar related things, recorded by the master luthier of Crimson Guitars, an English custom shop. May need some digging, since they have such an overwhelming pile of content, but I found no fewer than 6 top to bottom refret/level/crowns done by a guy who makes 5 thousand dollar guitars for a living.
They even have what I found to be a very interesting series of videos where they take a 100dollarish guitar kit (we all have one, face it) and turn it into a top end instrument over a course of maybe 2 YouTube hours. The channel is geared to people like us, and it's worth a look!
Post by sydsbluesky1 on Mar 10, 2017 22:31:52 GMT -5
So I was browsing the interwebs and stumbled upon a delightful YouTube channel for Crimson Guitars. Basically, the guy is a luthier who owns a custom shop in BritLand, and he makes weekly YouTube vids. Anyway, he has a thing with copper guitars. (I can't find the one where he talk about construction, but he isn't... overly specific anyway)
Essentially he's making semihollows with copper tops, as well as copper leaf plating other guitars. Thoughts on metal guitars? Any electrical concerns? Tone issues? Is copper a good tonewood, etc?
I'll throw a link up onto the reference section, because they have very good videos of them doing specific things with maintenance and repair.
The only real issue I see with this is that, given the 3 tone controls and the master volume, you will experience some interaction of the tone controls when you have more than one pickup selected. There's really no way around this given your stated parameters, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker anyway. Guys who play 3-knob Flying Vs, Explorers, etc. deal with this and don't seem to mind it too much.
Can't see it being too bad in the studio, as if you're recording you're just going to go back and fiddle all the knobs anyway between cuts rather than trying to flip a toggle and go.
Heya, Dink! Welcome to NutzHaus!
On to point, I can't help but wonder if there might be more value in putting those Hummers into parallel than selecting which coil is active during coil cut mode... but that was almost an excuse to reply. I really just wanted to say hi, and to marvel at how awesome the core of this community continues to be!
I did say almost, right? xD. If you want as many tones as possible, and you explicitly state this is the case, there is potentially significant value in going for intra-bucker parallel. Fair warning, you may be and I may have missed it. I have followed the thread, but reading is hard! I have never personally toggled the specific coil to be cut when cutting coils on humbuckers, so I don't know how much it matters. I would suspect it adds less versatility than an option to go parallel. Parallel is often compared to a coil cut sound, but with the hum still bucked, after all. If you're only recording, the 60 cycle may matter very little what with the kids and their walking on sumgai's lawn and their digital hoolahoops these days.
Personally, I rarely cut humbucker coils anymore, since I'm not as much a fan of wiring up the bird nests as some of the lads and lasses (we have a lass or two, right?) we have around this place are. I prefer to go parallel when I have the option of one or the other, though that's just my personal mileage with it. From your basic mission statement of maximum tones, a little of each seems better. In My Opinion.
P.S. I would never wire a humbucker into a guitar without the option to go parallel!
The body, as is likely pictured in this thread, was glossy silver on basswood. A few days ago I decided to get tribal on it and started with the chemical stripper and torches. About ten rounds of stripper and scraper later, what we have is a very fashionable faux cement/Venetian plaster appearance, which I, frankly, find to be just about the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen.
That's the state of things so far. The electronics are being delivered from Michigan, so ignore all that stuff. That EMG-HZ is out of my first electric guitar, and is complete with the date of manufacture on the back. 2003 is half way to vintage, right?
Speaking of vintage, until my nut arrives from Amazon, my stunt-nut (neck has been without tension for 6 years) is, drum roll, please, a bamboo chop stick my dad lifted after dinner in the Philippines while he was stationed there in the Navy during the final days of Vietnam. I'm sure that at least counts as vintage!
Action is slightly higher than my ESP MH-200 (my Holy Standard) and right about the same as the Gibson LP. Sounds amazing, too... for a hard rock/metal sound... with a nice amp... keeping in mind the chop sticks. Gotta love chop sticks.
Post by sydsbluesky1 on Feb 28, 2017 3:11:11 GMT -5
Placeholder post to remind me to reclaim and update my thread!
In matters of the guitar finish/repair/strip issue, the issue over which the project was abandoned many years ago, I was unable to fix the damage. I went on to identify beyond even optimistic doubt the body of the guitar to be... basswood... with grain that could teach graphing paper a thing or two about sticking to the straight and narrow. But it ended up not mattering in the least! Unicorns are real!?
Pictures on the morrow. Gird your loins, for tomorrow we make war.
Post by sydsbluesky1 on Feb 27, 2017 12:56:24 GMT -5
Thanks! Good to be back. Just unpacked all my stuff out of a Columbus sized apartment into a more reasonable Tennessee sized garage loft, and I decided to pick up an old project from the days of yore when dragons ruled the earth. That... ahem... guitar I was rebuilding for that guy's wedding present... yeah... Don't judge me! They're still married, so I'm in the clear! Anyway, it led me to give him a phone call just a few hours ago for the first time in 6 years, too. He's not even mad! Or maybe he's gracious? I'll take what I can get.
Otherwise, I don't see Karma anymore? If that's no longer in play I have nothing to miss from my old handle. I can search up my old posts easily enough. Thanks a bunch, sumgai.
I'll prolly remember it one of these nights after a few soda pops, anyway...