Sorry I haven’t done much on here, I realised I never put up the finished guitar all put back together :) I will be on here more now as I shall be working on my bass guitar next, my other custom guitar is going to take a back seat until summertime hopefully :)
Last finishing touches! just the neck left to do now, all fully working and waiting for the rest!
So the last you heard from me I completely re-wired the electrics, today has been a very productive day, I managed to put a clear gloss on the body, I used 1 can on each side! then sanded that down. TA DAH the body is now done :) so I put it all back together, I put the humbuckers in place and screwed the frames back on. I then soldered them to the switch, earthed them and I also earthed that up to the bridge. I tested the electrics again to make sure it all works and then started to put all the knobs back in place and also put the backplate on to cover all the wires!!! More to come in 5 mins.
So the last thing I did with this project was to paint the bullseye design on, due to lack of funds and going back to work I haven’t done as much as I hoped.
I had a look at the electrics I gutted out of the guitar, when it was in the guitar it wasn’t working at all, for reasons unknown, I noticed that someone else has tried to play with it before and wired it up wrong so I stripped it down got new wires and re-soldered it all up. I tested both humbuckers and they worked perfectly, so with that in mind I hooked it up to my new wiring and bad news it didn’t work. So I figured that it was either the volume/tone knob, the switch or the Input socket. Luck has it I was playing with the input socket first and noticed that it wasn’t touching the live part of Jack properly so I bent that back in place and everything is working perfectly :D All I need to do is solder the Humbuckers in when they are in the guitar and also solder the ground wire which is attached the the bridge.
I have also decided to save the back plate, and the humbucker frames by scratching all the gunk and paint off and respraying it with primer and paint. Every penny saved counts !!
Last night I was looking over the Electrics to go back inside this guitar, I am still in the frame of mind not to spend much money on it, when I got given the guitar it didn’t work, I don’t think its the humbuckers because if it is, it means both the neck and bridge have gone, I looked at the switch, pots and wiring and everything is intact no obvious breaks but whoever re-wired it did such a rubbish job and there is one thing I would of done different, so I have ordered new wire to go inside and will re-solder everything back to how it should be, in hope that will fix the problem.
The plastic plate at the back of the guitar to cover the electrics I am going to re-paint no point in buying a new one just needs a touch up, the neck plate and the machine heads I am going to polish up.
I need to buy a truss rod cover as it was missing.
The screws look a bit rusted where people have taken it apart and put it back together so I will replace all them with new screws also.
The humbucker is looking a bit corrosive also so I was looking on ebay and you can buy covers to sit on top of them, I like this idea, it will make it look new while the old one sits underneath.
Looking over the cost and I think I have achieved quite a bit with spending so little so recommend you give it ago!
Costs So Far
Primer - 1 can - £5.95
White Paint - 1 can - £5.95
Black Paint - 1 can - £5.95
3m Masking Tape - £3.43
2 Sheets 40 Grit Sandpaper - 30p
2 Sheets 60 Grit Sandpaper - 30p
4 Sheets 80 Grit Sandpaper - 60p
4 Sheets 240 Grit Sandpaper - 60p
6 Sheets 400 Grit Sandpaper - £3.20
New Chrome Bridge and Tail - £10.00
Guitar Wire - £4.00
Total So Far - £40.38
Things I also need to buy
Truss Rod Cover - £1.62
Super Slinky Strings - £4.30
Humbucker Frame - £2.92
Humbucker Cover - £6.50
Clear Gloss - 2 Cans - £11.74
10 Sheets 1000 Grit Sandpaper - £4.00
So Predicted Total Cost - £64.96
Price wise not too shabby you could do it cheaper as some stuff you don’t need but the little things will help!!!
Ok so I didn’t wait the 24 hours for it to fully set about 12 hours? Shoot me :D I just wanted to see what it looked like, so off came the masking tape, and this beauty hid behind it, there is quite a few touch ups I need to do with a very fine brush but overall for a first attempt I was really pleased!!! Still have loads to do need to sort the edges out, touch ups then putting a clear glossy coat on top then sanding then electrics in the guitar and bang we should be done :D so I predict funds pending that this guitar should be all done by the end of this month :D *Fingers Crossed*
Now the circles have been cut out I can paint the black ! This is the part I have been most looking forward too, and also the part where I can take the masking tape off and see the both colours against each other! The only draw back is I have to wait 24 hours for the paint to dry before I can take the masking tape off :(
So it has all the masking tape on it and time to test out our home made compass, we fixed the screw in and put the pencil in the first hole, I put a bit of masking tape on the pencil so everytime we moved it to another hole it will always go in the same depth, once the first circle was drawn I moved the pencil down to the next hole and kept following the same technique.
Once all the Circles were drawn I used a new craft knife with a thin blade and cut out each circle.
Most Les Pauls have binding around the edge this one (possibly because it is a cheap guitar), it hasn’t got it, so the edging might be a little bit rough so will have to think of something to sort that.
The White base coat has been dry for about 4-5 days now so time to put the Bullseye design on it so first things are first, time to put masking tape on it, the front I had to put strips on so I can cut out the design, the back I just used paper to cover it up, to safe on my masking tape as no design is going on the back!
As compasses are not big enough for my guitar we had to make a make shift one! So we had the screw in the end of the wood worked out where the first circle would be drawn and then drilled a hole every 3cm for the pencil to fit into.