Check out my Garbagecaster!!

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  1. doctorx

    doctorx Member

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    Check out my guitar I got out of a trashcan, I call it my "Garbagecaster".

    I used to have a redneck family live next door to me. Eventually they moved out (Thank God) and left a mountain of trash by the street for the city to haul away. I was going out to my car one day and shaking my head at it when I noticed the headstock of a guitar sticking out of a trash can. I pulled it out and it was in pretty rough shape, see the picture.

    It started life as a three pickup Yamaha with a cheap Floyd Rose knockoff. There was a dent in the side of the neck and half the bridge was missing, it had sharpie marks all over it. I was going to part it out but after looking at it I decided to rebuild it. I took it to my friend Danny who filled in the routing for the tremolo, and it was he who decided to paint it gold.

    I then took it to my guitar fixit guy Kerry who installed a hardtail bridge and shaved where the neck meets the body to decrease the angle for the new bridge.

    Then it was my turn, Danny designed a pickguard for me and I cut it and cut the holes for the pickups, then wired it up. I bought a cheap Strat pickup and a cheap P90 off Fleabay, both alnico, and wired it like a two pickup Gibson. I need to get a creme colored pickup cover for the P90.

    I have about $90 into it. [​IMG]

    I was fair surprised at how it played and sounded. The neck is different from what I am used to, it's a real flat radius, but it plays real nice and those cheap pickups sound pretty damn good. The pics are from a birthday party jam I hosted last Saturday at my house.

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    Guitar face: Inspiration, not Constipation
     
  2. hemlock

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    cool! nice save.
     
  3. BigDoug1053

    BigDoug1053 Supporting Member

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    Great to see something of value rescued. Good job on the fix up, and nice guitar face. :p
     
  4. sosomething

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    Amazing turnaround! It went from something really, really bad into something cool with a lot of vibe! It makes me want to scour ebay for the ruined ones and fix up one or two myself.

    The original owner would never recognize it now.
     
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    You turned a worthless looking 80's guitar into a sweet looking blues guitar.Great job.
     
  6. doctorx

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    It wasn't my intention but the gold paint gives it a Les Paul Goldtop look. I like it. It will be better when I put a creme cover on the P90. I also have to cut a truss rod cover and figure out a way to do a decal on the headstock.

    Did you notice how I mounted the Strat jackplate upside down?

    While I'm thinking about it another trick I did was buy a piece of brass tubing at the hardware store. I cut a chunk off with my dremel tool and slipped it over the top of the pot. This makes it easier to mount a Tele type knob on a press fit type of volume pot. You can buy them commercially but a 1 foot length of brass tube is about a dollar fifty and gives you enought for about 20 pots.
     
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    nice porn on the computer monitor above the mixer. LOL

    [​IMG]
     
  8. doctorx

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    "nice porn on the computer monitor above the mixer."

    You should have seen all the married guys crowding around the computer when the screensaver kicked in. :Devil
     
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    Very sweet. That's one of my favorite things to do, find the "thrown-aways" and if possible, make 'em one of a kind.

    Brett
     
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    Not a bad find and turnaround.

    Regards
     
  11. Notes

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    69MOJOSTRAT, What guitar is that?
     
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    That makes so much sense you've got to wonder why don't more "Strat-type" builders do that!

    Cool guitar, and lots of cool ideas you came up with to pull it off.
    Congrats!
    :dude
     
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    Jim S Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    I didn't even notice the guitar or you holding it. :Devil
     
  14. kerc

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    Awesome. I love these kind of stories--I'm the Mother (Father!) Theresa of abandoned guitars...
     
  15. doctorx

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    That is my Garbagecaster, the subject of this thread. Read the first post.
     

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