3 string or 6 string, can't decide...born a six string heap a junk....MODIFICATION TIME!

Git was born a 6 string, can't even tell you what brand, was hodge podged together with all kinds of crap, First Act parts, Harmony neck and who knows what else, drilling in this body was atrocious, everything was askew big time, and junk parts that have been cobbled together over time.

Reason for this build, Step Son Christmas present, wife said he'd love another guitar, lost his old one. I said how? He pawned his old git to pay some bills, and lost his ticket after paying part of the pawn loan off, and couldn't get it back, shyster pawn broker wanted it for himself so the story goes.

Redesigning the body, he's young(24), likes different cool stuff, and everybody has a Tele or Les body style, going to fill in all the drilled holes and re-drill correctly, even neck alignment was off.

Going to be sanding the neck some, removing the plastic around the neck and headstock, changing the headstock to the design drawn on paper, unless.....I decide to make it a 3 string, then the headstock changes again.

Just not sure if he'd want a 3 string to bash around power chords, he's not that a solid player yet, but was learning pretty steady for a while, some job changes and moves made him give git playing a rest for a while, but he does still have his classical acoustic I gave him a few years back.

Enjoy the pics and build;


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Comment by Korrigan on December 4, 2017 at 11:23pm

That looks great Richard, nice work. Good luck with the setup.

Comment by Richard Dean on December 4, 2017 at 9:09pm

Almost finished, have the long pain of making it playable tomorrow. Never had strings on it before, even before the modification, the nut is cut waaaaaay too deep, the neck is level, but a tad high for the bridge, has to be adjusted at max to keep from buzzing and not laying on the frets, so tomorrow it gets a shim under the bridge, and a new bone nut instead of the plastic garbage I shouldn't have reused.

Then I get to test how it sounds.

enjoy the pics;

Comment by Richard Dean on December 3, 2017 at 4:32pm

test fitting a few things

Comment by Richard Dean on November 30, 2017 at 12:42pm

A little further along, holiday delays, got about 5 coats of paint on the body, gets poly today, no pics, the neck is finished

Comment by Richard Dean on November 16, 2017 at 2:38pm

Ok, got back at the tele-bat...that's what I'm calling it so pffftttt ;-)

anyhow, some after sanding and reshaping pics, and filling in holes, man, that neck had a dozen or so mis-drills, I'll make all better!

Also, after re-shaping, the vol pot was going to interfere with the output jack, but I just drilled a new hole as there was room in the back cavity should someone wanted 2 vol pots and a tone, since this is only getting one pickup so one vol pot, new hole becomes vol, kept hole tone, plugged old hole, along with plugging all the old pick guard holes.

enjoys the pics

Comment by Richard Dean on November 11, 2017 at 10:50am

My kids are 36, and 37, got a 19yr old Gr-daughter and 3 grandsons, and yeah, I'll probably do a side by side, not because I'll take over(yeah right lol) I just think it's easier to see than just be told.

The one I'm building for is one of my stepsons, are my wife's kids from a previous marriage.

Comment by Korrigan on November 11, 2017 at 10:26am

Ah, 6 string as the gateway drug. lol

Family time building together is a great idea. Now not to sound like a parenting expert (5 kids and I'm still in the dark most of the time) but, while building an amp with my daughter, I learned that it'd be better to each build our own at the same time rather than both work on the same one together. I found that I can't just observe and advise and ended up taking over her project.

Comment by Richard Dean on November 11, 2017 at 6:48am

Yeah, after talking with the wife, she thinks he'd prefer the 6 string, so that's what it will be. Maybe after he gets to check out my 3 string, he'll just want another one and try a 3 string.

As far as a threaded nut or saddle, think I'll keep it a modern 6 string and simple, I can always modify it again, but I have plenty of cigar boxes, so maybe I'll interest him in a new build together.

Comment by Korrigan on November 11, 2017 at 12:33am

Why not keep all 6 tuners and use threaded rod for nut and bridge? Then, depending on his mood, it can be a diddly bo, 3 string, 4 string, 6 string, 3 string with mandolin-style double courses... etc.

Comment by Richard Dean on November 10, 2017 at 5:18pm

and lightning bolt is actually cut out of the headstock

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