Bighead pre-pro repro: U wanna touch it!

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  1. El Kabong

    El Kabong Member

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    As we hit our 40s, us wanna be sleazy, tattooed, drunk and on the strip 24 years ago types have been invading quietly. Well, I can probably pull off the attitude in a suit but I won't be wearing any matching spandex.

    I present my guilty pleasure guitar that dares you to play it. C'mon, who's man enough not to have issues? It has fresh strings....:D

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    - Shell pink with manila polka dots, Charvel, pre-pro repro basswood body by Bighead Guitars
    - Musikraft, Charvel vintage style neck, V-C 1/4 sawn neck: 880-950@12th fret, 1 5/8" bone nut, oil finish, rolled edges, 6105's, brass side markers
    - Sperzel machine heads
    - Vintage Super Distortion w/ period correct Dimarzio volume pot. (no hidden tone pot.)
    - Vintage Charvel brass bridge, wider spaced version, (2 springs)
    - All other brass repro Charvel parts by 'Frets on the Net'
    - Brass Les Paul style jack plate w/ Switchcraft jack

    It stays in tune after sadistic dive bombing and sounds as it should. Now where did I leave my Auquanet?
     
  2. airjamie

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    That is so ill...
     
  3. Thor

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    If I could shred like Paul Gilbert or Steve Vai, I might be able to pull it off...
    Since that it not my reality, I could not would not with the polka dot. (even if I could, I wouldn't choose to do so methinks). But hey, you dig it? Then you Rock that B!tch.

    Edward
     
  4. buddastrat

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    I love it! Reminds me of some nice polka dot panties! I'd love to play that thing!

    Especially the neck, the specs are perfect. I just ordered a USA CG neck with very similar specs. I'm gonna oil finish it too. It looks like it's got a little tint to it. Did you use any stain, or is that from the oil?
     
  5. Ian Anderson

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    Very cool! I used to love strat head Charvels back in the day. I had to sell my maple neck v trem Star to pay for school, so I built this one in it's place. The star was pink with black edges. This was my dream guitar when I was 16. The one I would have ordered had I the $$$. The neck, nut, plate, pot, tuners, and jack plate are og Charvel, the rest is repro. I lacquered the bridge parts like the originals and still need to find black screws, or an og bridge. Body by Lentz I worked the contouors to SD Charvel specs. Light weight ash, and a Gibson patent number paf. It really smokes.
    This one was patterned after a Holdsworth model and inspired by Jake E. Lee's guitars.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/72593510@N00/sets/72157594382349757/



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  6. Thor

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    I love that guitar!!!

    Definately makes me think of Jake E Lee.

    One of my friends in middle school had a 1 pup charvel in red - it was just too hot! I bumped into him a year or so ago and, regretably, he had long since sold it.

    Cheers,

    Edward
     
  7. El Kabong

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    Musikraft will oil the neck for you, I have no idea about USACustom guitars doing oil, though they do make a fine neck. IMO, the Musikraft it feels far better than how Ernie Ball did it for the original VHs. No, there is no tint, the colourwas altered when I tried to get the shell pink correct after shooting under flourescent lighting. Some do put oil on the necks and Minwax, spending hours with it in front of the TV while doing so. Hopefully, they are not watching pornos at the time.

    Ian, I remember when you originally posted the pic of that one. Michael Charvel still has a stash of the orignial bridges if you call him, as I have been told. Remember there were 2 different widths. You will have to specify which one. Maybe one day the elusive black screws will fetch as much as a '59 switch tip. ;)
     
  8. pfrischmann

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    Very cool.

    Are you guys using 2-1/4 or 2-3/16 neck pockets.
     
  9. El Kabong

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    2 1/4", sir, or it would not be correct. Mine was made from an a template made from a prepro body at Bighead. Musikraft also offers 2/14" bodies and necks.
     
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    i lykes! Name it Miranda Rhodes.
     
  11. Ian Anderson

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    I also used 2 1/4 to match the old Charvel neck I had. I have another one with a wide heel. Killer birdseye and a jet black indian rosewood board. Unfortunatly I floyded it back in '89.
     
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    I don't have any issues, I love it :AOK I support the Pink Movement :

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    And I fully support the "Strathead I couldn't afford when I was a kid" Movement:

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    The GMW built rigs above just kill...and based on what they were using at the time for parts - lets just say that they basically are Charvels ;)

    Love your guitar Man, play it loud and proud :AOK

    Ian - your rig is just awesome too :AOK

    Steve E
     
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    Sweet Guys !!!!!!!!!! Old school Charvel's are Awesome, I wish i kept the cand blue pointy i had back in the day :jo-Scott
     
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    The GMW built rigs above just kill...and based on what they were using at the time for parts - lets just say that they basically are Charvels ;)

    Love your guitar Man, play it loud and proud :AOK

    Ian - your rig is just awesome too :AOK

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    Steve i remember when Wayne P had that Sonic blue one, I should have bought it, it's a nice one.-Scott
     
  15. Ian Anderson

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    What am I thinking. This thread calls for a pic of my old star. Man I wish I still had it. It was a real dog sound wise and only played worth a damn half the year due to the salad oil finish on the neck. But man it has alot of good memories.

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  16. pfrischmann

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    Cool stuff,
    Are there typical neck shapes to these? Are they more C or D shapes?
    Are they thin....like.750 at the first fret or thick .ile .830-.930 (my fave)

    I've always wanted to build one of these. Ian's is just Awesome....
     
  17. Ian Anderson

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    If you have ever played a late 50s Dano, just like that. Sort of a thin wide flat D shape with rolled in edges and 1-11/16 nut width. But they did make quite a few different shapes. All the ones I have had were all the same. I don't have calipers here but am thinking around .780 -800 at the 1st and under .900 at the 13th.
     
  18. pfrischmann

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    thanks for the relpy Ian,
    It sounds a good deal like my 88 jackson soloist, .780 at the first and about .890 at the 12th.
     
  19. LZ_69

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    Hey Ian,

    If you still looking for black bridge hardware Kahler started making the brass vintage trems again so I bet you could get parts from them.
     

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