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do or not?
do it?
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crazy idea...
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akosiryan



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:21 pm    Post subject: front route wiring to rear route conversion... Reply with quote

ok.. so i had this crazy idea of modifying my strat copy.. removing the pickguard, filling the cavity infront and transfering it onto the back...

good idea or not? you tell me.. (all this refinish curing made me come up with crazy ideas.. Razz)
if you think its a good idea... what will be the procedures... parts i need to replace

*it has 3 (unknown) single coil pickups.. 2 pots and stereojack (cable inserted through the pickguard)*

if ever imma do it.. itll be on my to do list for year 2008.. hahah! (or whenever i go back to the philippines..)
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Jerry68



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll be much happier if you just buy a new body... Plus you'll have an excuse to buy more Reranch lacquer.
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Its also related to why pickup makers generally don't take other makers who offer things like II/V P90s seriously... it's basically just marketing BS.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with Jerry on this one. Far too much work to convert it. You can get cheap cost bodies everywhere that are rear routed.
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akosiryan



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just a crazy thought.. Razz.. curing the other project just made me thnk of crazy ideas
Razz
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vegasrock



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

definetely buy a new body.
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guitarguy



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless you have many tools and extensive woodworking skill, buy a body. The biggest problem with plugging the front is that you never rally are able to hide the seams unless you veneer the top and that takes another set of skills.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

guitarguy wrote:
The biggest problem with plugging the front is that you never rally are able to hide the seams unless you veneer the top and that takes another set of skills.


Like your skills? Very Happy Cool
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akosiryan



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

waaa! bodies are soo expensive.. for me at least... Razz
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RyanF



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would only want a strat without a pickguard if it were a nice trans top, which could not result from a filled cavity.

Seeing that nothing could be uglier than a filled cavity, keep your eye out for ugly bodies. USACG has a discount section where they post these types, so you may wanna look there.
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akosiryan



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok.. new idea... how bout.. a transparent ash finish, change pickguard to a transparent, and keep all parts as stock... cept for the pg...
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tlp335



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I am the odd-ball here, but I would say do it. If nothing more, simply for the woodworking expierence and skills you will learn. How else will you know what you are capable of? What is the worse case seneairo, you totally screw up the body? With bodies as cheap as you can find on e-bay, get another one.

When I started making neck years ago, I would always get asked, why don't you just buy one. That would have been eaiser and faster (MUCH FASTER!!!!!! lol), but if I never started making my own bolt on necks, I would never have learned the fine skills I gained and then went on to making neck-thrus and set necks.

As long as it is not a body that cost you a ton of money or something you can not replace, go for it!
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akosiryan



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that makes two pros and 5 cons.. Razz
coz what im thinking is that if i buy, a new body, it defeats the purpose of restoring the guitar... but then again.. its gonna be a lot of work
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RolandR



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought someone on this board was able to do this hiding the wire routs and leaving the pickup routs.

guitarguy wrote:
Unless you have many tools and extensive woodworking skill, buy a body. The biggest problem with plugging the front is that you never rally are able to hide the seams unless you veneer the top and that takes another set of skills.

That would be my concern, seams lines. But GO FOR IT Very Happy

akosiryan wrote:
if ever imma do it.. itll be on my to do list for year 2008.. hahah! (or whenever i go back to the philippines..)
Visit Mount Mayon for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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akosiryan wrote:
if ever imma do it.. itll be on my to do list for year 2008.. hahah! (or whenever i go back to the philippines..)
Visit Mount Mayon for me.


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Funderbunk



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm... the only way I think I'd tackle this is to run the body through a planer and take about 1/4" off the top of the body, glue on a new maple top, and then use a router around the edges. Would work on a tele or strat with squared edges, not so much with a contoured body.
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