Just wanted to share this nice little guitar with you, though I will be the only one playing it heehee.
This project took me well over a year to get done so I now want to show it around a bit I guess.
Firstly, I wish to thank Waltheer who drew up the entire electronics schematics (coil splits and series/parallel for the humbuckers, independant wiring for the middle pickup, phase reversal, etc.). Genial work!
The body of the guitar is from an MIK Westone. One of my favourite brands of guitars. Used to be MIJ back in the 80s and then went downhill and crashed in the early 90s.
I got the neck off ebay. It's Chinese made and the finishing was poor. I did a full scallop on it and it feels incredible. Hours of work though.
Despite the neck being all maple and the body being dunnowhatwood (not laminate), it sounds actually quite warm but with some nice brightness to it (most likely a combination of the woods and the tremolo brass block).
The pickups are
- GFS in the neck: I know GFS is not popular on this forum. I haven't had to complain about the few pickups I tried from them and am happy with this one. Medium output, quite warm, not muddy, maybe a little bland but I like it.
- Ironstone (platinum model I think) in the middle: handmade in England. Great pups. These things have balls while retaining absolute clarity, just lov'em.
- SD in the bridge (custom custom I believe): very happy with it. Maybe lacks a tiny bit of output for the hairmetal orientation of the guitar but hardly. It's got impressive low-end, contrary to my expectations, and cutting highs. Each note rings distinct which is essential to me.
Chinese machine heads, nothing to write home about. They're black.
GFS floyd: ok ok. This was not my best move. I got a gfs pickup cause I didn't feel like spending more on this project and it's fine, but the floyd had many issues during the process. A few of them are: "aluminium" screws (stripped 2 of the provided screws); no choice in the lock nut size, the stock gfs is an r3..; the block was 27.5mm --> , replaced it with a normal-sized brass block which I am extremely happy with; the trem claw screws weren't the same length. Now, the floyd might end up working alright with all the upgrades I did, the baseplate and saddles look sturdy to be fair. I haven't tried it out yet all that much so cannot comment on this. All I can say is that I was basically forced to upgrade the block and the lock nut, so that's already 50$ down the drain for a total hardly lower than a brand new gotoh.. (wow is this a long unreadable paragraph or what?!).
Oh, we also added a little wood block at the base of the neck to get the scale right. Doesn't seem to affect the tone/sustain and it has the advantage of giving me easier access to the higher frets.
Well, that's all I have to say for the time being on my pink guitar. I am very pleased with it. Still some work required (the truss rod adjustment which is very tricky, some pickup mount springs need to be changed etc) but it's great fun to play on and is something different.
This is for all you 80s nostalgics! Hope you enjoy it and all advice/comments as to any possible improvements are welcome!
Looks really good I love the shape of the body.