Start on a clean work surface and lay out the goodies.
Stock mexican stuff. Older, so not as nice as the current MIM stuff. Body is stupid fucking resonant though so I can work around it.
Pull off the hardware so we can get it cleaned up while the iron heats up.
While we're waiting, lets throw a set of Schaller made fender locking tuners on the neck.
Nice high gloss headstock (like the fretboard) while the back is nice and low gloss
Still waiting (my tip is borked ) so lets get the bridge ready. The bridge is a mexican base plate, but I've replaced the block with a mondo huge steel block, and the saddles are Tusq, which are cool. I am aware of how fucked up they look here, I fixed that later on.
I've had this pickguard hanging around for a while (Thanks to our beloved Ed Drozdowaewasksaoawsi!), but I just got around to wiring it up all the way.
Bridge is a JB Jr, Middle is a Texas Special I got from Cam I think (somewhere, at least), and the Neck is a CS69 I got from Drewbicus ownsanexpensivecondoicus. There is a master volume as usual, and the back knob is a master tone. The middle knob is a variable coil split on the JB Jr so you can roll between humbucking or single coil and anywhere in between. It works just like the old Peavey T60s. It's a touch impractical, especially for live use (which is a laughable non issue for me lol), but you can get some cool sounds that way.
Fresh jack and nicer wire
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Throw the body back together
Fill it with low tension springs. I keep the bridge flattened down, but still easy to depress. Look at how stupid beefy the block is
All in all I'm pretty damn happy with it. THe neck is taking a while to settle in to tension, but when i get it dialed in for an hour or so it's damn nice. It needs the fret ends done but I'll get around to that later. It's got steel 10s on it, which are going away for normal 10s, but they work for settling the neck back in.
And the money shot: