With a taste of your lips, I’m on a ride
So, lately I have gotten into a little pet project of finding people’s half-finished or half-conceived luthiery projects and taking them the rest of the way. It makes me feel good to save these projects from the trashcan, and saver some stranger’s long hard work.
When I got this one, it was just an unfinished, rough milled body and the neck attached. Someone had absolutely butchered a strat guard and put that on it, so I decided to cut a custom pickguard out of this cool black and white material I had. I really like the design of this guitar, it looks like a B.C. Rich Warlock that was rendered on a Nintendo 64.
The pickup is a Dragonfire Duncan Invader Clone. The electronics (pots, wiring) are modern, high performance. the capacitor is an orange drop. The bridge is from a 1990s Squier.
The body was refinished and reliced by yours truly. I used standard rattlecan paint, but I treated it as you would if you were spraying Nitro: level sanding between each coat, and clear coating the last coat. This color is called “Toxic Haze.”
The neck 2 pc. Maple/Rosewood with a 3×3 headstock. I finished the heastock in a “Alligator Skin Black.” The tuners are AllParts 10 mm Gotoh tuners. The action is great, and this is really a great playing guitar for what it is.
The sound of this thing is something else. It sounds like chainsaw plugged into an amp made of aluminum siding. It is BROOTAL. Because of the pickup, it really only does high gain well. Even clean, this pickup has some crunch to it. Perfect for metal, industrial or punk.
As always, I cleaned it up, polished the finish, oiled the board, flushed the electronics, changed the strings and set the action low and smooth. This guitar has a basic gig bag, and I pack my guitars tight and insure every package. I named it “Toxic Crystal” because…well…look at it.
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