Neck: Charvel Predator, (Basswood) unknown year. (89-91)
Body: A different Charvel Predator (89-91)
Hardware: Jackson JT500 trem, bought off ebay. Charvel Model 4 Neckplate.
Pickups: EMG 81/EMG S
Yes, that white dealie is a shim for the nut. Nearly two full millimeters of lift was needed to make every string not fret out.
That darker spot on the tip of the headstock was broken off at one point, and glued back on.
You can see some of the more grievous dings in this pic.
been piecing this together from parts for about 3 weeks now, and the trem and bridge pickup finally came in today. took nearly 3 hours of messing with shims under the nut and the neck, as well as fiddling with the trem alignment, to get it to where it is now, which is ultra-playable. The predator necks are slightly thicker than the model necks, which was a good thing, as it allowed me to sand out all the shallow dings and apply linseed oil to the neck, which makes for a super-smooth finish, much nicer than clearcoating. The model 4 is probably on the way out soon, Middle pickups and tone knobs never really agreed with me, I'm a sucker for reverse headstocks, and I prefer white to purpleish brown. Also, this neck, while the wood is/was kinda jacked up, the frets have unbelievably little wear on them. took some 0000 wool to them, and they look as-new, not even any divots.
It's nice to have a guitar that plays well, sounds better, and is already banged up, so I don't have to worry about putting some more scars on it in the future.