Mockup of my next build - Opinions?

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  1. brainhurricane

    brainhurricane Member

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    Hello, Everyone -

    I do about 1 build per month, normally using parts I have lying around, parts I fabricate, or parts I get good deals on. That being said, I typically don't do any mockups/design work beforehand (except in my head). I decided to change that behavior for this upcoming build and used my very limited skill in photo manipulation to develop this mockup:

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    I already have the Ash JM body and a very nice pau ferro/flamed maple neck. This mockup is, obviously, created using the Warmoth body creator (thanks, Warmoth!) - the color will not be 100% (using Wudtone T Bird) so there will be visible grain (which I am a huge fan of, especially with ash).

    Now I wanted to get some opinions from you guys - I got the body as an absolute STEAL (didn't fabricate myself) - my only complaint is that it is rear routed, which is a bit awkward on a JM (the cavity is on the lower bout). Using this split JM pickguard from Warmoth, I am confident I can squeeze the volume/tone in on the pickguard (just so it doesn't look odd with controls that aren't on/through the pickguard). I am pretty positive that I cannot squeeze the switch in and have it comfortably functional, which is why I've mocked it up on the upper pickguard - this will require a bit of routing under the pickguard to place the switch.

    Pickups, I'm thinking SD Phat Cat neck, still undecided on the bridge pickup.

    Please feel free to share your thoughts/opinions!
     
  2. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    Looks cool to me!
     
  4. transmission

    transmission Supporting Member

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    Looks good, the split pickguard is a nice idea!

    I'm not such a fan of that colour, but what you like is what matters.

    I would go for a Staytrem bridge if money is no object, or a regular Mustang bridge if watching the pennies.

    Have you considered painting the headstock to match the body, or do you want to show off the flame?

    What sounds/tone are you going for? Hard to suggest pickups without knowing.

    In terms of the bridge pickup, if it were me, there would be a few different non PAF pickups (but all PAF sized) I would consider -

    - Novak WRHB
    - Novak Goldfoil (it's a DeArmond Rowe type, not Teisco) - they custom make regular PAF size pickup rings for it
    - Roadhouse Vista (Valco/Supro reproduction, think Jack White).

    I have the Novak Goldfoil in a Jazzmaster, I like it a lot.
     
  5. brainhurricane

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    For the bridge I bought a Mustang modified bridge from Warmoth - the neck is 12" so I wanted the height adjustment for each saddle.

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    Here is a picture of the exact color I'm going for - more blue/slightly darker than daphne is my goal.

    And yeah, I'd prefer to keep the headstock natural (neck will be very lightly finished in Tru oil - it was previously finished in Tru oil but I applied too many coats and didn't like the way it felt). So, this will be finish #2.

    As for pickups...I don't know yet. Don't have to figure that out for a while. I've got PAF style pickups in one of my other guitars, so I'm trying to decide if I want to do a more vintage pickup or go with something higher output.

    And for the neck I'm torn between the SD Phat Cat and the Railhammer Gnarly 90.

    Decision, decisions.
     
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    a thought for your bridge pickup: WCR Godwood bridge pickup - its a hot wind with plenty of oomph but still a fat PAF tone - I have one in my McCarty and it's not going anywhere, ever.
     
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    Back rout so use no pickguard and expand the control cavity rout if needed.
     
  10. edwarddavis

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    You build a guitar a month , how many do you have love to see pictures
     
  11. brainhurricane

    brainhurricane Member

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    The pickguard is purely for aesthetic purposes.

    And I'd like to keep it to $100 or less per pickup, if possible.
     
  12. Davo17

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    The word sexulent is thrown around a lot these days...but in this case, it fits. Could see it working with blocks/binding as well.
     
  13. Buelligan

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    I've never heard that word before, but I'm going to start using it. A lot.

    Love the mock-up.
     
  14. brainhurricane

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    If I didn't already have the neck I'm going to use I would've gone with a bound neck (cream binding). The flame on the neck I have should make up for the relative lack of flash, however :D
     
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